9 Different Types Of Neighbors

9 Different Types Of Neighbors

The snitches are the neighbors who call the police for every little incident that happens on the street.

One thing about North 4th Street is that it is always poppin'. There have been some crazy incidents that have happened. One morning the whole SWAT team busted into my neighbors house and arrested him. Then there was the occasion where someone walking down my street started getting chased by the police and tossed a gun somewhere in my yard. Not to forget, there have been 3 different houses that have caught on fire somehow. After the latest incident of the police being called on two of my neighbors for fighting, I have decided to categorize the different types of neighbors on my street.

The Snitches
The Snitches are the neighbors who call the police for every little incident that happens on the street. They tend to call the police for a dog barking, two people arguing, or to complain about the way people park. The snitches are the most annoying neighbor on the street.

The Penny Stretchers
The Penny Stretchers are the neighbors who constantly are having a yard sale. Every morning the Penny Stretchers haul all of the junk they have been hoarding for 14 years out of their basement and garage and spread it out in the yard. Day in and day out, you know you can walk down 5 houses and purchase a pan from 1975 for $20.

The Party Throwers
The Party Throwers are the neighbors who always are having some type of get together. Whether it be starting a fire in an old trashcan, drinking cheap beer, or jamming out to the latest reggae music. You can always count on the Party Throwers to have a good time.

The Hoarders
The Hoarders are not to be confused with the Penny Stretchers. The Hoarders are neighbors that have a million lawn ornaments and are frequently spotted at the nearest junk yard. You never see anything in the Hoarder’s trash can because they keep just about everything.

The Screamers
The Screamers can sometime also be the Party Throwers. The Screamers and the Snitches do not get along. Refer back to the Snitches if you can’t figure out why. The Screamers are the neighbors who always are fighting. Whether it be arguing over who should have water the flowers or screaming at one another while walking home from the local pub.

The Hermits
The Hermits are the neighbors who you rarely see. They stay in their house and only leave to go to the store. The Hermits are the neighbors you and your family make up stories about.

The Chasers

The Chasers are the neighbors who are always chasing after their dog. You will frequently see the Chasers running through your back yard barefooted and shirtless hollering for their dog to come back. My family can often be categorized as the Chasers because our damn dogs are always running off.

The Over Protectors
The Over Protectors are the neighbors with all the security features. The Over Protectors are also the neighbors that have spot lights on every one of their plants in their front yard. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Over Protectors had video cameras and watch your each and every move.

The Sports Fanatics
The Sports Fanatics are the neighbors that have their house decked out in sports gear. When sports seasons change, so does the décor. Usually the Sports Fanatics are hanging a gaudy Cubs Flag off of their porch from opening day until the end of the season.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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I Wouldn't Trade My DII Experience To Play DI Athletics Any Day

I'm thankful that I didn't go DI because I wouldn't have had the best four-year experience as a college athlete.


As a high school athlete, the only goal is to play your varsity sport at the Division 1 level in college.

No one in high school talks about going to a Division 2 or 3 school, it's as if the only chance you have at playing college athletics is at the DI level. However, there are so many amazing opportunities to play a varsity sport at the DII and DIII level that are equally fun and competitive as playing for a division 1 team.

As a college athlete at the DII level, I hear so many DI athletes wishing they had played at the DII or DIII level. Because the fact of the matter is this: the division you play in really doesn't matter.

The problem is that DII and DIII sports aren't as celebrated as Division 1 athletics. You don't see the National Championships of Division 2 and 3 teams being broadcasted or followed by the entire country. It's sad because the highest levels of competition at the DII and DIII level are competing against some of the Division 1 teams widely celebrated across the country. Yet DII and DIII teams don't receive the recognition that DI athletics do.

Not everyone can be a DI athlete but that doesn't mean it's easy to be a DII or DIII athlete. The competition is just as tough as it is at the top for DII and DIII athletes. Maybe the stakes are higher for these athletes because they have to prove they are just as good as DI athletes. Division 2 and 3 athletes have just as much grit and determination as Division 1 athletes, without the glorified title of being "a division 1 athlete."

Also, playing at the DII or DIII level grants more opportunities to make your college experience your own, not your coach's.

I have heard countless horror stories in athletics over the course of my four-year journey however, the most heartbreaking come from athletes who lose their drive to compete because of the increased pressure from coaches or program. Division 1 athletics are historically tougher programs than Division 2 or 3 programs, making an athlete's college experience from one division to another significantly different.

The best part of not going to a division 1 school is knowing that even though my team doesn't have "DI" attached to it, we still have the opportunity to do something unique every time we arrive at an event. Just because we aren't "DI" athletes, we still have the drive and competitive spirit to go to an event and win. We are great players, and we have broken countless records as a team.

That's something we all have done together, and it's something we can take with us for the rest of our lives.

We each have our own mission when it comes to our college athletic careers, however together we prove to be resilient in the fight for the title. Giving it all when we practice and play is important, but the memories we have made behind the scenes as a team makes it all worth it, too.

The best part of being apart of college athletics is being able to be passionate about your sport with teammates that embody that same mindset. It's an added benefit to having teammates who become your best friends because it makes your victories even more victorious, and your defeats easier to bare.

No matter what level an athlete is playing at in college, it's important that all the hours spent at practice and on the road should be enjoyed with teammates that make the ride worthwhile. The experiences athletes have at any level are going to vary, but the teammates I have and the success we've had together is something I cherish and will take with me forever. I'm thankful that I didn't go DI because I wouldn't have had the best four-year experience as a college athlete.

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