Ok… I feel like a mean, petty and immature neighbor.
Here’s the deal. I guess since nobody had lived in my current house for a few months, people got used to parking on the street in front of it.
When I moved in, people still parked there, and I just assumed it was because they thought the house was still empty.
Two months later… they KNOW we live there. The people who usually park there have actually seen us walk into and out of our house. There’s someone parked there about 30% of the time.
For some reason, this really bothers me.
The worst part is that I actually LIKE it when they park there. I have no car, and I rarely if ever need that space. It gives me more privacy, the dogs no longer have a view of the street (so they don’t bark as much) and having a car there scares away potential robbers (even though I doubt they exist in my neighborhood, but you never know).
I guess I just feel kinda annoyed that nobody thought it necessary to ask me if it was ok.
But I can’t say anything, because the conversation would go like this:
Me: Good morning! So I see your friends have been parking in front of my house…
Neighbor: Sorry! Since there wasn’t a “No Parking” sign, I didn’t think it would bother you. I’ll tell my friends not to park there anymore.
Me: Oh, it’s ok! I don’t mind if they park here.
Neighbor: So what’s the problem?
Me: Uh… just came over here to tell you that you’re a jerk for not asking me first.
Anyway, this morning as I was walking out the door to go to work, a lady parked her SUV in front of my gate. As I locked the gate, I gave her a look. Kind of a cross between a casual glance and a death stare, thus making her believe I wasn’t necessarily angry, but that I was confused as to why she was there. As I walked down the street, she moved her car. I felt like kind of a jerk, but hey, at least I felt acknowledged.
Jorge doesn’t seem bothered by the parking issue.
Am I being petty, since I really don’t mind anyway? Is it acceptable to park in front of someone’s house without asking?