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My old neighbors were, to put it nicely, rumormongers. They'd talk about all the neighbors, but then would sit on their front porch and stare at you without saying a word. My cousin and I used to slingshot marbles at their tin sheds at 2 in the morning. That didn't help -- it might have annoyed them, but we thought it was pretty funny. Everyone has neighbor stories; like Weird Ed who stands on the front lawn in his boxers and tries to lasso various objects in his immediate vicinity. Then there's the couple who you're sure have bodies hidden under their floorboards. So what kind of odd, eccentric neighbors do you have?

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Juanita Chavez
FAB operator
Neighborhood: West Side

What's the best place to go people watching in Colorado Springs? I'd have to say either Acacia Park or Memorial Park. There are all sorts of people there.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen your neighbors do? Well, I don't consider it weird now, but when I was little I saw two women kissing.

What's the weirdest thing your neighbors have ever seen you do? Either running around naked in my house or getting busy with the boyfriend.

What and where are the best yard decorations in town? I'd like to say the Broadmoor, but they're usually just tacky. Other than that, Manitou.

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  • Stephen Doyle

Stephen Doyle
Stagehand
Neighborhood: Downtown

What's the best place to go people watching in Colorado Springs? Downtown's a good place.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen your neighbors do? Scream and curse at each other at 2 o'clock in the morning.

What's the weirdest thing your neighbors have ever seen you do? Probably dress up in my Renaissance costume and walk around town.

click to enlarge Solitaire Lastra
  • Solitaire Lastra

What and where are the best yard decorations in town? Trailer parks?

Solitaire Lastra
Manager & student
Neighborhood: North End

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen your neighbors do? Nothing exciting. Beat their kids, that's about it.

What's the weirdest thing your neighbors have ever seen you do? Probably see me walk around my house naked.

What and where are the best yard decorations in town? Probably on the West Side.

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  • Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey
Chiropractor
Neighborhood: Craigmoor

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen your neighbors do? The little old lady that [lives] next door has no yard; it's all rock. And I've seen her actually take salt out, and put salt on her yard so the grass doesn't grow.

What's the weirdest thing your neighbors have ever seen you do? I wrestle with and talk with my dog just like I was a dog. I suppose that's a little strange.

What and where are the best yard decorations in town? My backyard. My sweetie is an artist and we have all kinds of things in our backyard, from footprints of wolves to decorative things to windchimes to things that I've built and things that she's put together and painted.

  • My old neighbors were, to put it nicely, rumormongers.

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