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Slow Puffs
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PostSubject: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:00 pm

Today, I was home in the afternoon. It's wonderful weather here. Many people are/were outside. I just realized I talked with 8 different neighbours this afternoon. It wouldn't have happened when we lived in the city. But it feels great to live in a neighbourhood like this Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:03 pm

No... Well sometimes 2 of them but the other two only want to talk to me during election cycles...(State Rep D, and County something or ruther R ) Of the two I sometimes talk to, one is In-Laws and the other is a widow lady that we promised her husband we'd take care of before he passed on..
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:15 pm

I live in a fourplex and all my neighbors used to be my friends so it was like a small little Melrose Place. Barbecues and parties all the time. They all moved away. Now I only wave at the hot single mom that lives below me. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:19 pm

The two neighbors across the street are good people, and we help each other out on vacations, with baby sitting, etc. The one lady pays my boys to do yard work, grab her mail and paper, etc. We tell her we don't want the money but she insists, saying the boys can have some fun with it. The other house trades babysitting and watches our dogs when we go out. The man there walks around our house with his pistol in holster when we're gone, too.

The neighbors next to us are very quiet, though they wave. Never have spoken to them, although they buy cub scout popcorn every year from my boys.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:40 pm

I live in town...the whole block comes out to play when the weather turns nice. Kids running everywhere and screaming, parents screaming at the kids to stop screaming and running everywhere, dogs, cats, black, white, latino, purple, yellow, pink, etc. It's not a city really, so the hostility and unfriendliness isn't there for the most part. Most of the neighbors are just friendly and polite to eachother....we make small talk when we cross paths.

I live in a double/townhouse, the mom next door is a super nice lady, but her daughter was pretty annoying and had serious issues. She went to jail for 14 months though, so it's pretty nice right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:11 pm

I always talk to most of my neighbors up and down the street when I am out. The young man across the street and I share tools and such all the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:32 pm

I really only have one nearby.
We have spoken on several occasions,
but I rarely see them. If I did, mebbie I'd
complain about all the damn boats and the
old wrecked car in their back yard.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:25 pm

Several of the neighbors (we're new on the block) have done the formal stop by and say hello. Over the winter some anonymous good samaritan snowblowered our walk a few times. I chat with the folks next door if we're both gardening. The other house next door is being renovated for sale, so nobody to complain about (or to.) I suppose we'd be more social, but we don't have a front porch.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:52 pm

So far, these are such heart-warming stories... I'm so pleased that this "spirit" of neighbourliness is alive and well cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:06 pm

I talk with my downstairs neighbor whenever I see her, as well as her son. I also have had nice talks with several other neighbors when everyone goes out to double park their cars on the opposite side of the road on street cleaning days. I've gotten to know a few of them and have normal "neighbor chats," help puch a car that's having trouble starting, etc. I was surprised to find out how friendly a place Brooklyn can be when I moved here. I also talk with a few shop owners in the area (almost all shopping here is done at small family-owned business).

Contrary to what has been said, I have gotten along well with neighbors in every city I've lived in, no general sense of hostility that I've seen (I'm what many here might call a 'city boy'). Although I guess maybe my perspective is a bit different having lived in cities for most of my life - I feel comfortable in them. I find that the people who give cities bad names are generally the people who were not born and raised there, we call them "transplants." For the rest of us, we for the most part view the 'big' city in the same way that 'country folk' treat their smaller hometowns - we do a lot of the same things, the scenery just looks a little different.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:50 pm

We might have 200 or so people in town. We talk to quite a few. Try to watch out for some of the older folks. Help out when we can. We share tools and workshops. Loan out ladders and stuff. Always comes back. Talk about gardens. Right now about half the town is selling cookbooks for the local EMS to purchase a new monitor/defibrillator. Cathy is ram-rodding that and keeping track of everything. I loaded up my 325 gallon water tank in the truck and waved at 25 or so people as I was watering the new trees in the town playground/park. Talked with a bunch downtown at the restaurant tonight at supper.

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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:16 pm

My wifes ex lives next door, a quarter mile away. Not much communication with him and his wife, but we treat their two boys like sons, as a matter of fact one is living in one of our rentals a few miles away gratis. Both stop by regularly and chat. On the other side is a widow who we help mostly in the winter. Can't chat much in the summer, she travels to visit her kids. But a couple miles through the woods as the crow flies, on an old dirt road is an older gentleman who lives alone. He is well traveled and seriously intelligent. A knock on his door gets you an invite into his world, a cup of strong coffee, and a couple hours of interesting conversation. I find myself there often.

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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:22 pm

I'm lucky to live in a neighborhood where virtually everyone gets along.

As soon as the weather warms up around here, everybody is outside, talking, visiting and generally catching up on what's happened over the winter.

Families range from young couples to the elderly, from new arrivals to those who have lived here for many decades, yet this presents no barriers to conversation or a feeling of community.

It is a nice feeling to know that your neighbors will lend a helping hand if needed.

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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:18 am

this is deep dark Africa boys...... not for sissies..... what you read in the news is true....I know all of them. We take turns to do community policing when its dark to keep the neighborhood safe. We take turns and work in pairs....... we patrol the streets at night to keep our families safe. This suxs but the upside is that we all get on real well!
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:30 am

Do I talk to my neighbors? Well, my neighbors are my parents... so no, I don;t talk to them. Naturally, we do make the trip across the yard for Thanksgiving and Christmas! santa
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:44 am

Piet Binsbergen wrote:
this is deep dark Africa boys...... not for sissies..... what you read in the news is true....I know all of them. We take turns to do community policing when its dark to keep the neighborhood safe. We take turns and work in pairs....... we patrol the streets at night to keep our families safe. This suxs but the upside is that we all get on real well!

That sounds kinda awesome...of course I am probably just romanticizing.

I do wish that there was more of that sense of personal responsibility for the community around here though. Not because it is particularly unsafe in my neighborhood or anything, especially compared to other places I have been.

I just think alot of us are too self centered, lazy and perhaps a little scared to play an active role in taking care of our own communities and families. We would much rather rely on someone else to do it for us, that way we have someone else to blame when something bad inevitably happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:01 am

Hey Frost........ It actually suxs bro.......... but we all do our bit. We have 2 security company "Chubb" vehicles in the hood and if we notice anything suspect, we radio them to play cowboys and crooks!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:53 am

I believe you, I am sure it isn't much fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:04 pm

The Wicked Witch of the South lives next door.
After she installed a 6 foot privacy in the 15 foot space between our houses, we view her with all sorts of emotions that words don't describe.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:26 pm

Bub wrote:
The Wicked Witch of the South lives next door.
After she installed a 6 foot privacy in the 15 foot space between our houses, we view her with all sorts of emotions that words don't describe.
She never heard of blinds? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:06 am

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:03 pm

While she knows about blinds, and uses them, she has no understanding of community and being a good neighbor. She is a reclusive little rodent who scurries into her house when ever any one walks down the street. Her only redeeming quality is that she is teaching us to live happily next door to someone who possesses her qualities.
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PostSubject: Re: Do You Talk to Your Neighbours?   Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:24 pm

Where's the community love man! Laughing
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