Stadium Lights


We all have them. Whether they are next door, down the block, 50 ft away, or maybe the closest neighbor is several miles away. I live in an apartment complex, so my neighbors are all really close. And although I don’t know any of their names.. even after living here for 10 months.. I do know things about them.

  • I know the people that share a bedroom wall with me have a baby.. even though I have never seen them.
  • I know that the guy upstairs likes to run on his treadmill a lot. At weird times of the day, too. I am guessing he is in college.
  • I know that the girl who used to live on the same floor as me would leave bags of trash outside her door for days. When she would decide to go to the dumpster (a short walk away), she would attach the trash bags to the outside of her car door and drive it down to the bins. This girl I would also see in the apartment gym. She confused me.

Even though it gets frustrating hearing the guy running on his treadmill upstairs.. sometimes I am glad I live in such proximity to other people. I was falling asleep last night.. alone as the boy is still out in California… and I just was feeling very very alone in the darkness. Then I heard some soft thuds in the apartment next to me. People moving around, it seems. It was just comforting to know that there were people right there. Living their lives so close.

This morning I turned in my notice that I will be leaving my apartment when my lease is up in January. And at this point… I’m not sure if I will be living in an apartment or a house. Or a box on the side of the street. But wherever I move.. I will try to get to know my neighbors a bit better. So that if I do hear thuds.. I can think.. “Oh, that’s just Shaniqua and Sparky.”

2 Responses to “Neighbors”

  1. November 27th, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Shane says:

    Dude, you should totally move in next to Shaniqua and Sparky! They’re really great people and they throw good Super Bowl Parties. Oh, and if you decide on the box on the side of the street, let me know. I’ve been there and I have some pointers :)

  2. November 28th, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Ryan says:

    Box! Chose the box!! And I like your new digs here. Keep it up.