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May 31st, 2006

Neighborly Hellos

Recently, I’ve been trying to smile and say hello to neighbors when I’m out walking the dog. I realized that I just don’t know many of them and if I’m not going to make the effort to learn their names, I should at least greet them pleasantly when I’m out and about. While most people smile and say hello back, I have noticed there are a number of people who just shouldn’t be living anywhere near people because apparently saying hello is too much of a hassle.

With these people, who are thankfully few and far between, I’ve gotten a range of responses ranging from a slight nod accompanied by a frown and a glare to “SOME DOG’S BEEN SHITTING IN MY YARD!” (seriously — this was how one neighbor responded to my friendly “Good morning!”). I realize some people’s lives may be pretty miserable and they don’t want to have any interaction with people, but really, man, if that’s the case, consider moving to the woods or something. A “hey” doesn’t take a whole lot of effort.

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