“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#1 Nov 2, 2013
DEAR AMY: My husband and I are concerned that something fishy is going on with our upstairs neighbors.

A few weeks ago one of the occupants moved out and a new one moved in. Since then, there have been a lot of strange goings-on. I’ve come home multiple times (mostly at night) to find the door ajar. I asked that it remain closed for security reasons (we are on the ground floor), and now we can hear a steady stream of guests being buzzed in at all hours of the night. There is a mysterious lockbox on the fence, and there are sometimes strange people loitering outside the front door.
We believe they are selling drugs. Our landlords have investigated the situation and haven’t uncovered anything strange, but we aren’t convinced. We don’t want to confront them and risk creating an uneasy relationship, and I don’t think we have enough evidence to take the issue to the police. Short of moving, what can we do about this?-- Wary Neighbor

DEAR WARY: You don’t have to fully investigate the goings-on in your building in order to call the police. Investigating is their job.

It is hard to fathom why your landlord isn’t curious about a “mysterious lockbox” on the fence outside your entrance. If there are groups of people gathering at the entrance and people coming and going at all hours, you should report this to the police and ask them to drive by to take a look.

DEAR AMY: When my mother was dying, she asked a lifelong family friend to be like a sister to me because my own two siblings were always mean to me, and my mother knew they would continue to be after she was gone.

The friend, an only child, was great for about four years, but then she stopped returning my calls and once went several months without contacting me.

Every time I want to go home, she is conveniently unable to see me and she tells me whoppers about her guest room being unavailable.

I have known her since I was a baby and have listened to petty criticisms of people we both know without comment.

When I told her I really wanted to come home after many years away and said I needed a connection because I am totally alone, her response was,“Get used to it.”

I live in another state and have friends but wanted to maintain a hometown connection.

How should I handle this? Why did she make the promise to my mother if she was not going to keep it? It is heartbreaking because I have no family ties left.-- Heartbroken

DEAR HEARTBROKEN: It is a tough truth to impart, but I have to tell you now that nobody owes you anything. People make promises and break them. You may feel wounded, hurt, upset and depleted, but you simply cannot make someone give you what she doesn’t want to give.

Your job in life is to look after yourself and to find ways to get what you need — emotionally and otherwise — so that you live your best possible life, without being mired in anger and hurt over the past.

And so now you need to let it go. Find a way to move on. If you don’t have any family members to rely on, you’ll have to create your own family from healthy relationships with friends.

DEAR AMY: I am somewhat unsettled by your response to “Rested but Concerned.” Chronic insomnia is a condition that is not so easily solved with earplugs and separate mattresses. Many other conditions contribute to this illness.

It seems that punishing the mother by insisting that she return to bed with her husband is just another way of “caving to the 10-year-old’s demand” and validating the father’s hypothetical spiteful behavior.-- Sweet Dreams

DEAR SWEET DREAMS: Other readers also expressed your point of view. One solution might be for this mother to start out in the marriage bed and then move to another room later in order to sleep more soundly.

I assume we all agree that the child should not co-sleep with the father.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Braidwood, IL

#2 Nov 2, 2013
1- You can't control your neighbors. Move to the next ghetto over.

2- Do a little self reflection and find out why nobody wants anything to do with you. And grow up. Make a life where you are.

Plant City, FL

#3 Nov 2, 2013
1: Has all the soundings of drugs, just like those tacky pharmacies in every city. Idiots who can't find pride to do real work.

2: Gah. I kept thinking this was some child but it's not. A grown adult is latching like a leech to one person her mother put in an awkward position probably. Give her credit for 4 years.
LW can't go home unless this sole person approves?
Grow up.

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Nov 2, 2013
L1: Move. Soon.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#5 Nov 2, 2013
L1: Call the police. They may or may not check it out. Easy to say move, not easy to do..lease, money for deposit, moving, etc.
Rental house next door to me in Az. had similar activity, called police. Don't know if they did anything but people moved out soon thereafter. Sure enough, interesting plants growing in backyard. Landlord found them and was happy.

Chicago, IL

#6 Nov 2, 2013
LW2: Seems like this woman did the best she could, for your mother's sake, for a long time. You sound like a massively whiny, entitled PITA, and the woman just couldn't put up with your constant neediness anymore. I think Dog nailed this.
Jeremy Rollins

Columbus, OH

#7 Nov 2, 2013

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