I'm afraid I'm going to be that neighbor who lets her grass get annoyingly long before she cuts it. I'm a little embarrassed that twice since I moved in my neighbor has cut the grass in the ditch at the left front of my house. I thanked him for it, and he said he did it because he realized it was probably hard for a smallish woman like me to maneuver the lawnmower through the ditch (he is absolutely correct). I still feel a little bad about it though, and I've resolved to always mow it before he feels he has to.
I think that means today. I got up this morning and realized that whatever plans I have for the weekend will need to be interrupted long enough for me to cut all this damn grass. (Confession: I stay up-to-date on my back yard lawn-mowing because I use that space almost daily for dog-training. It's the part the neighbors actually see that gets neglected.) I had read somewhere that when times are dry it's best to raise your lawn mower blades and not cut the grass too short. So that's what I've been doing, and it seems that my grass has been growing like ... er, weeds. Then I realized that we've really had a shitload of rain recently, and the grass is growing so well because it's happily sucking up as much water as it wants. Indeed, "they" say we are officially not in a drought at the moment. So the blades are coming down a notch or two.
The mowing brings to mind another dilemma I have regarding neighbors and neighborliness. I'm on a corner, and one strip of my property that borders the street to the west of me is sort of a "no man's land" in that it's outside of my fence and goes completely unused by me. It's exactly the kind of spot where people like to let their dogs poop without picking it up because they think the huge pile of Golden Retriever shit will inconvenience no one. But I still have to mow the grass there, which grows quite thick and lush and, yes, large mounds of Golden Retriever shit are quite an inconvenience to me. So now I'm wondering: should I put up one of those "Please pick up after your dog" signs in my side yard? Would it do any good at all--I mean, would someone who's obviously inconsiderate to begin with suddenly develop a neighborly conscience because of a sign? I really don't know because I always pick up after my dogs without being asked by a sign. It's just the right thing to do. Dammit.