When I was growing up I lived in a family friendly neighborhood, in a house on the end of a cul-de-sac. Everyone in the neighborhood knew everyone, us kids would play at each other's houses, the moms would have candle selling parties and in general we just knew everyone who lived in the area.
But once I moved out of my parent's house, I wasn't able to keep up the practice of being close friends with my neighbors, and the only way I could learn anything about them was by what I overheard through the walls of the apartment or found in their trash can or whatever.
Here's what I know about the neighbors I've had, I'm not in the business of giving away too much information about myself (trust issues) so I'll just identify the homes by the quality I most remember about them:
Surprisingly Affordable Townhouse
Very stompy. I think they climb the stairs on all fours and race up them like how a child does. They speak in grunts and watch a lot of netflix. I've never see their faces but one time I saw a woman entering the unit and she was humming. I can only assume that they don't know how garbage works because they just leave full bags of it by their door.
Craftsman Style Home in World's Loudest Neighborhood
Not sure if these neighbors are alcoholics or just college students. Lots of empty bottles in their recycling. Oh wait. That's my recycling bin. Never mind. I was a huge cliche in college. My actual neighbors gardened a lot. They had a vegetable garden that I watered for them in the summer. I'm assuming they were using the vegetables as an alternative fuel source and I think that's pretty admirable. Or maybe they just really like vegetables and in that case they're just a bunch of weirdos. They also had a couch on their front lawn which bothered me because (call me old fashioned but) I think furniture belongs inside if it's covered in fabric.
Giant Trash Pile a.k.a. the Only Place I Can Afford in L.A.
I hear them consummating their marriage a lot. They have a baby, I know this because I hear it crying all the time. That baby cries more than I do which is definitely saying something (FOR REFERENCE). One time they lost their baby. I know this because they woke me up while they were yelling at each other and saying "we lost the baby!" They found it, I think. They make some good smelling food and use their garbage disposal regularly. I know this because every time they use it, my garbage disposal also makes a sound. They like to watch The Voice and other similar live event shows and they have small children visit them regularly. I know this because I see those small humans running around in the driveway and the street and it terrifies me.
What My Neighbors Probably Know About Me
I talk to myself a lot. I sing loudly in the kitchen but not after 8 pm on week days. On weekends I only appear outside of my apartment to acquire food.