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The man next door is eccentric, nosy, crabby and prone to annoying behavior. I won’t go on and on (because I certainly could), but to give you just one example: Whenever our other neighbor’s Labrador starts barking, he goes out to the yard, stands by the fence and yells, “Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!” which only makes the dog bark more. His yelling is far more annoying than the dog’s barking.
The man next door is also the most patriotic person on our street, if patriotism is demonstrated by display of the U.S. flag. Every Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day and certainly Independence Day, he puts his flag up in front of his house, without fail. He has done so for every flag-appropriate holiday in the 28 years that we’ve been neighbors.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July celebration!