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Bright Lights, Big Pee-Pee

I was making small talk with a client when she asked if I knew anything about Oregon law. I told her I did not, but was curious why she asked.

 

It seems her mother was at her wits’ end over her next-door neighbor, and was looking for some advice. I asked if the problem rose to a criminal level, where she could call the police, or a nuisance level, where there might be some local prohibitions? Did they all live in a coop, condo, or association with rules that could be enforced?

 

My client shook her head and explained. “The neighbor has flood lights all over the property because she’s afraid of being robbed. There’s no laws against that. But the neighbor two doors down, who must not have light-blocking shades, screams ‘shut off the damn lights’ about 10 or so times every night, sometimes past 2 am. He wakes my mom’s dogs, who then want to go for a walk.”

 

So the problem really isn’t with the very bright neighbor, but with the dim bulb who lives further down the block?

 

“I guess so. The cops say he’s allowed to scream in his own house, and no one thinks it’s a big deal how many times my mom’s dogs want to pee.”

 

Stories like these put my own problems in perspective.

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