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You know what they always say?  Whatever you do gonna come back on you.  It does. It just happened to me.

We had the nicest NORMAL neighbors in years recently. The house next door turned into investment property last year. A couple moved in and they were NORMAL. After years of living in the bay area I was nervous. There are so many crazies out there demanding this or doing that, etc. UGH.  I’m saying that kind of crazy that is up one’s ass every turn. You get to the point of looking out the window before walking out of the house before you leave so you won’t run into them. I hate living like that. (Shades of San Francisco)

I didn’t realize at the time how nice the couple was. I didn’t want to be in their face like so many neighbors in the past have done me. Knocking on the door bitching about ivy and why didn’t we pull it immediately or why won’t we commit to having lunch every Sunday with them at the Tai restaurant down the street? Their kid stepped on a plum from the tree and it was a mess, etc.

If I could turn back the clock, I would have been much more friendly. It’s just that over the years I’ve been burned so many times I couldn’t dig up being a nicer person. I regret it now.

When they told me they were leaving at the end of the week, I kept thinking I’d run into them. I saw them pull up in their driveway, but I knew they were packing and didn’t want to get in the way. I just kept thinking I’d have a moment to say what I’m saying here and that is I wish I could have got to know them better. They were so nice!

So that’s the karma. I left my job without telling co-workers that helped me survive some of the worst days on the planet at that place. I couldn’t tell everyone I was leaving as fear of taking crap from the current manager. What I did to them came back to bite me.  I never realized any of that until I lost the opportunity to say good-bye one last time to some of the best neighbors we’ve had in years. Now I know how my co-workers felt when I didn’t tell them I was out of there.  Karma.   “Instant Karma’s gonna get you…” John Lennon

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