For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Next Door is an app I became aware of after I moved to my new neighborhood in October. I was told it is a private group that includes people in your neighborhood who exchange helpful information on lost pets, trash days, suspicious people, pet sitters, good local restaurants, that sort of thing. Helpful, neighborly sorts of things.


Little did I know it was going to be the source of endless entertainment it has become.    If every neighborhood is like mine, I cannot recommend this app more. Or less.

Seriously. Take a look at this little exchange. One concerned neighbor was reminding people that there is a code in the city about using sidewalks. Otherwise, you are jaywalking. He had seen several incidents where people were almost struck by cars that were coming too fast around bends in the road. His post was met with more than 70 responses. I have selected some of the more notable for your reading pleasure. I am changing the names to protect the ridiculous.

Mary  6 Apr
Walking on uneven surfaces (the sidewalks) is so much better for your joints.

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Jim (Original post author) 6 Apr
So is getting hit by a car.

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Gena 6 Apr
Strollers are particularly difficult to drive on irregular sidewalks. Also hard to get up and down curbs when they are too high and without ramps. I use the sidewalks when I can, but there are times when it’s like four wheeling with a sleeping baby. I know it’s hard to put yourself in other people’s shoes, but sometimes there is a reason.
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Jim (Original post author)  6 Apr 
The lake is definitely a viable solution to the baby strollers but walking on the street with the buggy puts all involved in danger and it is still considered jaywalking. There is no need to put anyone in someone else’s shoes it’s about being safe.
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Karen 6 Apr
Half the streets don’t have sidewalks and trust the mom who’s pushing the stroller is very aware of her child’s surroundings how about slow down get off your phone open your eyes and don’t be a jerk.

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Jennifer from  6 Apr 
Well, that suddenly turned nasty.
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Jim (Original post author) 6 Apr
It is so unfortunate that someone was compelled to call me a jerk for a posting that both brings to light something which may warrant a ticket and that which is a safety issue for all.

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Getting good, right?  I mean, WTH? I think we know who is walking in the street putting children at risk now, Ms. Defensive…

And then the cyclist gets involved.

Steve  6d ago 
I bet y’all think that cyclists should ride on the sidewalk, too.
There are a whole bunch of sticks in this thread.
Flag me.
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Jim (Original post author) 6d ago 
Who said anything about cyclists, Steve?
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And then about 20+ posts into this heated debate, some in avid support, some totally against, a jokester felt it was appropriate to post this:
Carol 6d ago
No no no I totally get where he’s coming from and here are a few other Texas laws that as a neighborhood who obviously has a lot of time on our hands I think we need to get out there and really push!
1) It is illegal to sell ones eye.
2) Homosexual behavior is a misdemeanor offense.
3) The Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
4) When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
5) It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
6) Up to a felony charge can be levied for promoting the use of, or owning more than six dildos.
7) It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
8) It is illegal to milk another persons cow.
9) A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, eit
her orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.

10) It is illegal to possess realistic dildos in the state of Texas.
Now can we all just get a hobby and use this site for pertinent things:)
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You’d think that would make the group turn on her, but nope.  They are stuck like glue on the sidewalk versus street debate.

Bob  5d ago 
There have been times when I have been as much as several seconds late to my destination due to parents and their children blocking my god-given roadway. Stop the madness – report all jaywalkers to the police so that they may receive their punishments.
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Jim (Original post author) 5d ago
Yes Bob, stop the madness. If we used our God given brain to think of each other’s safety instead of using it for sarcasm perhaps we could drop from #2 in the nation with pedestrian deaths to #50.

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Bob 5d ago
Let’s remember that Texas is the second-most populous state. Accounting for population, Texas is #10 in pedestrian fatalities.

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Jim (Original post author) 5d ago 
Thank you Bob, good to know that people think that some Texas laws have little bearing in residential neighborhoods more so than others and should not be strictly applied. Nice to be able to pick and choose. That’s using the the noggin.
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Here’s a helpful comment that was obviously necessary:
Natalie 5d ago
omeone needs corncob removal surgery
 Jill 5d ago
cranial rectitus can be blinding for sure
Jim (Original post author) 5d ago 
Bob, why do you keep editing your posts? is it perhaps because you know of:
Disorderly Conduct
Texas Penal Code §42.1
It is illegal for anyone to:
o Intentionally use abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language.
o Make an offensive gesture in a public place if it incites a breach of the peace.
o Make unreasonable noise in a public place or abuse or threaten someone in an obviously  offensive manner.
Bob 5d ago
I guess that you couldn’t come up with any rational response to my last post, so you use the power of diversion to change the subject. Figures.
Jim (Original post author) 5d ago
Your comment was so irrational and sophomoric that it didn’t merit a response, Bob. The same way that you resort to using vulgar language to make a point.

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But wait! The late-to-the-party chime in:

Katie 4d ago
wow, How about this? Sometimes people walk in the street, EVERYONE drivers, and pedestrians need to be AWARE. While walking in the street, be courteous, do not take up the entire lane you are walking in, and yield said lane if you hear a car coming. Drive safely around curves in the roads, and above all DON”T BE A DOUCHE to your fellow humans! Geeze as entertaining as this thread has been, it seems a lot of us in the “hood” are very opinionated, and not soo kind.
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Paul 4d ago
What’s the over / under in number of posts before somebody calls somebody else a poopy-face?

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Jane 4d ago 
[I’m waiting for Godwin’s Law to kick in…]
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Lara 4d ago 
Oh Jane, you Nazi… ;)
(*Note that the N-word here was used in jest, in response to the Godwin’s Law reference by Jane, and not meant to offend anyone. I’m sure that Jane is not a ‘Not See’, nor is anyone else in this group. I don’t know who flagged me for this, but I thought the winky smile was enough to indicate that there was no harm intended.
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After that, Jim wisely closed the discussion.

Meanwhile, I think we’ve all learned our lesson. Don’t jaywalk. Or do, if you have baby carriages, a wheel chair or don’t want to step in mud or get fleas. Just don’t let Jim see you do it.

Enjoy your next block party. I know I will.

Tune in soon for a lesson in flagging, peacocks and large trash pick up.

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