Yesterday on this blog, I wrote about Bonnie and Charlie—newlyweds who moved into my building. This piece first ran in Article 25, the September 1st edition, so the story took place during July and August of this year.
In the story, I didn’t mention the fact that the apartment building where I live is located in Covington, Kentucky. Most of you who read me already figured that out.
As I said in the post yesterday, I didn’t expect Bonnie and Charlie to stay together long and I was right. Soon after submitting the story for publication, the newlyweds broke up and moved out. I didn’t shed one tear. They were both a pain in the ass.
New tenants are now in that apartment. I think they’ve been there maybe a couple weeks now. I think it’s a girl and two guys. I don’t really know; because they have never come down to introduce themselves.
As I think about it, any tenant that has moved in and felt the need to introduce themselves to me has never worked out. Every tenant who has done this has turned out to be a problem. They have felt like they could knock on my door at any time, ask anything they want, borrow anything they want and felt like I was here to help and support them. Every one of those tenants are now gone from the building.
On September 2nd, I wrote a post here entitled “My Rules for Good Apartment Building Neighbors.” I want to add one more rule to that list.
- When moving into my building, introducing yourself to me is not required. We may come to know one another in time, but let’s keep our distance at first and not become overly friendly. This will lead me to think you’re a normal apartment dweller and not a freeloading idiot.
I think I’m going to like those new tenants upstairs just fine.
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