I let my crankiness simmer over yesterday when some kids kept knocking on my door. They weren't standing where I could see them through the peephole and didn't answer when I rasped "Who is it?", so I ignored them.
Eventually I got sick of the knocking and answered the door to two early teenaged boys with a basketball asking if [boy's name] was home. I grumpily said "No one by that name lives here. If you mean that annoying kid that stomps around like an elephant, he lives upstairs."
I'm less annoyed than usual with those neighbors since I finally have proof they're responsible for the trash stowed under the stairs. It started the weekend they moved in and they've done it almost every week since. I've left two polite notes on their door informing them that trash outside between pickup days is a lease violation and can be taken over to the dumpster a few buildings over with a map on the note, but they're either clueless or willfully stupid.
I'm now voting for the latter since their latest trash under the stairs included two pizza boxes and Domino's prints the delivery name and address on their labels. The Sea Hag now has a name! (We call her the Sea Hag because she looks like a cross between an after photo from Faces of Meth and a badly-tanned leather hide. People, sunscreen is your friend.)
If I get much crankier, I'll start calling the tow company that services our complex. Many of our neighbors don't understand that an empty covered space that is not their assigned space is not an open invitation to park there.
Local news channels have been showing clips from the "Too-friendly wild deer chases Bend [Oregon] middle school runner during race" story. I am unsure why this is newsworthy because I think the kid shouldn't have posed with a deer in the first place. I never cease to be amazed that people think wild animals are okay to get up close and friendly with because they're so cute.
Don't get me started on the times I've seen tourists stick a bag of potato chips out their car window to feed the bighorn sheep on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. They may be begging, but they need high-protein vegetation to help them survive through the winter.