Gladys Kravitz was one. Cosmo Kramer was another. And so was Mr. Bentley. As annoying as those neighbors from Bewitched, Seinfeld and The Jeffersons may have seemed, they were entertaining, sometimes even lovable.
Charles Downey isn't so lucky. A freelance writer in Big Bear City, California, Downey says his neighbor is from hell. When he's in a better mood, Downey refers to him as "the neighborhood kook."
When this neighbor gets bugged by Downey's barking dogs, he routinely leaves nasty notes on his doorstep. He also routinely blasts the air with a loud buzzer, sounds an air-horn and aims a spotlight into Downey's office at night.
Neighbors can be nice, a nightmare or not seen-and while you don't have control over their personalities, you can use certain strategies to get your neighbors to send over brownies rather than restraining orders.
Geoff Williams often freelances for Entrepreneur and its sister magazines from his home office. He wouldn't recognize his current neighbors if they were placed in a line-up
Geoff Williams has written for numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Consumer Reports, LIFE and Entertainment Weekly. He also is the author of Living Well with Bad Credit.