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These Are The People In Your Neighborhood

The guy next door, the couple down the block, neighbor kids, dogs, passing cars--they're all, whether you like it or not, part of your homebased business.

This story appears in the December 1999 issue of

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."

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