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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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Posted in Everyday Life

DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2006 -- 2:12:53 pm
I think I can guess exactly where some of those of the unfriendly folks live :)

FROM: Michelle
DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2006 -- 2:25:24 pm
That's why we moved from there! Those people are insane!!!!! Most neighborhoods have people that enjoy being said hello to and are friendly, but not that one. I don't miss the abuse and threats at all.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2006 -- 2:28:45 pm
Actually, all of the folks I've encountered on your old street have been fine. The people from the one house you're thinking of (I think) are hardly ever out... think I've only seen them once or twice. But I'm not down there as frequently -- my problems have come from my own street and across Plaza in that other neighborhood.

FROM: Riley
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2006 -- 12:16:38 am
I can see your point about being more friendly. However, I can also feel the other guys pain concerning the dog issue. There are people on my block who either can't or won't keep their dogs in their own yard. It is such a pain to come home to find out that they got into the trash and have strewn it all over the yard . Or that the dogs have been using my patio as a toilet all day. I don't have a dog for a reason, I hate cleaning up after them, but now I have to clean up after other peoples dogs. /rant On a side note Ryan you seem like a responsible dog owner, and I have no problem with people who like dogs and keep them, just in their own yard.

FROM: Suzanne Lanoue [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2006 -- 12:39:31 am
What state do you live in? We have lived all over and I find it really makes a huge California, people don't know their neighbors, for the most part, and people ignore each other pretty well. I think it's because people tend to move around much more there. If you grew up there as we did, it's just "Normal" and it seems weird to live in a place where neighbors are friendly. Unnatural, even. But we have gotten used to it.

We lived in Lubbock for four years and people there are so friendly it's scary. Here in Alabama, the people in stores, McDonald's etc. are rude, but the neighbors are fine, they will say hi and wave, all that. But we don't know them very well (and kinda don't want to).

I always worry, if you get to know your neighbor, and it turns out they are strange, or you don't like them, or have a fight, then what do you do? It's not like you can easily avoid them if they are annoying. I'd hate to move just to avoid someone next door :) So maybe it's best not to know them. But that's not the reason we don't know ours. They are just like 50 years older than us and besides, we're busy a lot.....

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FROM: Darin
DATE: Friday June 2, 2006 -- 9:40:00 pm
found the site and unjammed my garbage disposal in five minutes. yeah, people are pretty closed off these days. i still greet most people i make eye contact with and let the chips fall as they may. i've never been hit yet, and have made alot of friends along the way. we're all in this profoundly mixed up world together afterall. i think alot of people avoid others simply because they feel more secure in their somewhat predictable microcosm of the world if they don't let the chaos in. quiet desperation and all that.

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Tuesday June 27, 2006 -- 7:09:59 pm
We are going on our 4th annual street pot luck. For the past four years every Labor day my neighbor across the street roasts a pig and the rest of the neighbors on our street bring side dishes. We close off the cul-de-sac where I live and we pitch tents set up lawn chairs and try to be neighborly with each other.

The only real neighbors that I/we socialize with are the ones that live in our cul-de-sac, we actually will ask about each other. The elderly couple always as us to collect their mail when they go on vacations or there has been couple of time when they needed their car jumped and for some reason we always get some of their mail in our box. As far as the rest of the neighbors on the street I/We usually just waive to a few of them.

Note: This only happens during the warm weather when people are out and about. Walking the dog, cutting the grass or doing some house repairs.

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DATE: Saturday July 15, 2006 -- 11:31:58 pm
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