You Know Your Condo Neighbours Better Than You Realize

The Residence

If you live in a condominium or an apartment, you are surrounded by suites beside, above, or below your own. Although you have your own space between the suite walls, you share the building with your neighbours. You likely know more about these people than you realize.

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The Habits

Recently I stepped out of the shower in my condo and heard the water running in the suite directly above me. Although I have never met the owner, he or she took a shower at almost the exact time as me on that particular day.

We each proceeded to accomplish different tasks that day and never crossed paths. I do however know that we shared a similar moment at a similar point in time on that late morning.

My neighbour across the hall keeps a small white shopping basket outside her front door. I have seen her wheel it to her door, take out the grocery bags, and leave the item there.

Perhaps she has a bad back that keeps her from being able to carry the heavy bags by hand. Perhaps she takes the bus rather than driving to save money, and carts the basket with her between bus stops. I introduced myself when she first moved in but we have barely spoken since.

The Deductions

While I can deduce many quirks and lifestyle choices about my neighbours from their actions, I may be wrong every time. I pick up small details as I listen and see different gestures on a daily basis.

I could engage in more conversation with my neighbours than I do currently and likely find answers to my questions. Maybe in the meantime I will continue to wonder about their habits as they do the same about me. Maybe our relationships are more fun that way.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks cfin and nanderson500 for stopping in to read! TT, what a story! Interesting how we each have our experiences to read. I'm glad your neighbours respect the evening quiet time.


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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

Very interesting article. Voted up and shared


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I live in an apartment so I can relate to this! Great job. Voted up, interesting, and shared.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

A very fun read, Christy! I live below 3 single guys. I can tell you their work schedules and their "play" schedules. My hubby has accidentally interrupted one or more of the guys participating in nocturnal activities in the front seat of their truck on his way to work at 3am. It's become a running joke with them now. Don't know about the girls, it's a different one each time - the dog. :) They are nice guys tho and are respectful of the quiet time at 9pm when Collin goes to bed. :)

Voted up and sharing. :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@frogyfish, your comment is funny! Likely neighbours are not so interesting in reality..!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Yes, neighbors are an interactive source of information...and I hope they are wrong about me if they see me sneak out to get the newspaper early in the morning...

Enjoyed the pleasantries of your hub thoughts. Thank you for sharing.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Rajan, Yes our minds so start to wander.. and wonder... Thanks for taking time to read!

@PDX, I'm glad I am not alone in wondering about the people around me. Thanks for the great comment.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Christy, I think most of us do think about our neighbours particularly if we haven't really come close to talking a bit. And then those tell tale signs of things left outside and the like, do stimulate us to think! Why? or Why not?

Food for thought!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Very nice, Christy. You and I think similarly. It's fun (and sometimes sad) to make deductions about flatmates, etc but it's also kind of like putting together a puzzle. Nice work. Up and shared.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Yes Nigel and it certainly makes for good people-watching! Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Nigel Lewis-Davidson 4 years ago

Hi Christy

I think we all do whether consciously or unconsciously ;-)

Nigel


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Lee. Very kind of you. Indeed, people's actions ofen speak louder than words.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Absolutely John, there is a room for each of them in that notebook! Thanks for stopping by to comment.


John McDevitt 4 years ago

Much fodder for your writer's notebook. Think of all the interesting characters, their imagined lives and how they might enrich your writing.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Great post Christy. So true. You can learn allot about your neighbors from what you observe them do. Of course, they can also learn allot about you. It is however, a great topic for discussion between you. I voted UP all across.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for taking a read Marc! Good point about fleshing out the details, point taken.


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Great, short post, Christy! Maybe some pictures (maybe not of you in the shower, but the shopping cart, bus stop, etc...)? Let's hear more about YOU and where you live, the beauty of BC and all that! Give 'er!

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