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Your Neighborhood

I lived in the same house in San Francisco for over seven years. I knew everything about the neighborhood. I knew my neighbors, I knew the cashiers at the corner store. I knew the cashiers at the liquor store. I knew the bartenders at the dive bars. I knew which bus lines to take. I knew where to find parking. I had it made. Then I had to move into a new neighborhood in a different district. I had to start all over and I didn’t want to. The new neighborhood didn’t feel right. It wasn’t mine.

Luckily I got a chance to move back to my original neighborhood, about a block away from my first house. I’ve only been moved in for a couple of nights now, but it feels so good to be home. I’m back in my old stomping grounds and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. My first day back I went to the liquor store for a celebratory beer. The cashier remembered me and greeted me with a warm welcome. He shook my hand, asked where I’ve been, where I am now, and why I had to move. People noticed that I was gone and they were glad that I came back. It’s a great feeling to be remembered. I missed my neighborhood and my neighborhood missed me. It made me realize that you’re not just a part of your neighborhood, your neighborhood is a part of you too. Make sure you appreciate it.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Neighbors (film)

Neighbors is a 2014 comedy starring Seth Rogan and Zac Effron. It’s directed by Nicholas Stoller, the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. The film is about a young couple that gets into a rivalry with the frat house next door. Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne) have just bought their first house and have settled in with their infant daughter. They are trying to adapt to their new family lifestyle and seem to be adjusting nicely until the Delta Psi Beta fraternity moves in next door. The Radners introduce themselves to Teddy and Pete (Zac Effron and Dave Franco), the leaders of the frat. The Radners hesitantly ask if they could keep the noise down at night so their baby could sleep and Teddy agrees but asks that Radners call him personally if they are too loud and not to call the cops. A few nights later the frat is being loud and the Radners try calling Teddy, but Teddy won’t answer and the Radners end up calling the cops. The cops show up, the frat finds out it was them that called the cops, and they declare war on the Radners.

The rest of the film is a classic escalating prank war as both sides try to outwit each other. Delta Psi Beta starts to torment the Radners as the Radners try to find a way to get the fraternity kicked out of school by exploiting the university’s three strikes policy. Sometimes the frat is winning, sometimes the Radners are winning. Both sides fight amongst themselves as the stakes and tension rise. There are a lot of funny gags and great lines, and the movie is elevated because the cast is so likeable. Rogan and Byrne make for a great couple, and Zac Effron and Dave Franco are hilarious as well. Oh, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is in it too. Any movie is automatically better if McLovin is in it. It’s a good movie, maybe not destined to be a classic, but it’s worth watching and you might catch yourself quoting it quite a bit.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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My Neighbors Have a Rooster

My neighbors have a rooster. I know that lots of people have neighbors that have a rooster, but I live in a major US city. There should not be any neighbors with roosters in the city. It’s not cool for the bird and it annoys everybody else. I wouldn’t mind if it only crowded once a day when the sun comes up, but that fucking cock crows at least five times an hour until the sun goes down. It was cute and quaint at first, but the novelty of it faded quickly. The worst part is that I don’t know which neighbors own the rooster, so I can’t tell them how much I hate their rooster. Didn’t they learn anything from Babe: Pig in the City? I didn’t see that movie, but I’m pretty sure it backs up my point. Farm animals should stay on the farm and out of the city. Especially loud and annoying ones like roosters.

Critically Rated at 5/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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New Neighbors

My downstairs neighbors moved out a while ago and their apartment was unoccupied for months. We got used to the silence and the extra garage space. But our landlord finally got his shit together, and the new neighbors moved in yesterday. New neighbors are always interesting because they shake things up a bit. A neighbor can be your best friend or your worst enemy. A good neighbor can make a shitty place seem better. A bad neighbor can turn your dream home into a nightmare. So it’s important to talk to your new neighbors and get a feel for their personalities. You learn their names and what they do for a living and what they do for fun. You’re going to see them all the time so it’s better if you get along (or at least pretend like you do). Our new neighbors seem pretty chill, even though I’ve only talked to them for a minute. They have a cool dog, that’s always a plus. And they haven’t told us to keep the noise down yet. So far, so good. New neighbors, welcome home.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Make Friends with the People Around You

It’s important to make friends with the people around you whenever you go to a concert or a sporting event or another similar event with a large crowd. You don’t have to ask their names, or what high school they went to, or add them on Facebook… you just have to make some small talk and exchange pleasantries. This way they are more forgiving each time they have to stand up to make room for you when you go get food or go to the bathroom. And they are more willing to look the other way as you pour your smuggled liquor into a Coke cup and pass it around your group. And plus events are more fun with friendly people around you. I was at a Giants game the other night and I overheard a little old lady telling her family that it was her first game of her life. I turned around and told her that she’s going to see something amazing. Sure enough, Buster Posey hit a home run and she turned into a schoolgirl and giddily told me that her last name was Posey too. Seeing the joy on her face turned a typical home run into a memorable one. We lost the game but that little old lady made my night. That’s why I make nice with the people around me. It makes being stuck in a crowd more bearable. Swapping stories and practicing common courtesy with your temporary neighbors goes a long way. For some reason, social events are more fun with a little social interaction.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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