It’s that time of year again. It’s time for the onslaught of neighbors. A week earlier than usual, they’re already starting to make me want my extra week of peace and quiet back. Today I’m offering some PCSing tips to help you make a better impression on your new neighbors.
1. Be aware of your surroundings. If there’s a name plate on the front, toys in the back yard, a wind chime and pinwheels out front, and a welcome sign hanging on the door, chances are people live in the house next door.
2. Common Courtesy. If there are people next door that you share space with, don’t just swoop in and take over. This extends to giving a heads up that your semi sized truck will be parked in front of both houses and blocking the shared drive way all day when you get your household goods.
3. Common Sense. If space in the back yard is shared and you choose to hog the storage area, your neighbor is not responsible for your things on their side that you placed there without asking.
4. Rank doesn’t matter. I don’t care what rank you are. At work, feel free to let your Napoleon complex shine all you want. It’s why junior officers are complaining about the senior leadership right now. At home, I don’t care who you are. A bad neighbor is a bad neighbor regardless of rank.
5. Keep track of your children. I’m not your babysitter. Your three year old shouldn’t be wandering across streets alone.
6. Be polite. If you ask a neighbor who has lived here for years information about the area, don’t whine that 30 minutes is too far to travel for anything. If that’s your attitude, you’re going to have a very boring tenure since due to traffic it takes about that long to get to anything good. You have to get off post to experience anything truly fun.
There you have it. A short list, and really pretty common sense if you ask me. And yes, I find as I get older and deal with more and more of these move ins I become more of a curmudgeon. Can you think of anything to add?