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Social Networking

It's not what you think.  I'm not talking about FaceBook or Twitter.  I'm talking about real, in the flesh, social networking!

There was a neighborhood potluck and watch party this past weekend and I went!  Steve was working, so he missed the whole thing.  Too bad, I for one was happy to go.

Plus, I had no idea-our community actually has a website for us to post requests, ideas, if we have something to sell, if we find a lost pet, etc.  It turns out that we live in a very nice tract!  It's just that everyone is busy and obviously leading their own lives.

One of the major things is that a lot of people lost their homes and the ones that were able to remain don't want to get attached to renters that seem to leave after 6 months.  I understand it-but still, I'd like to get to know people.

Going to this potluck allowed me to meet some of the people and learn about my home!  I even met the man who was bidding against us and lost out to our all-cash offer.  I heard that the first owner lost the house to the woman who basically did a flip after trying to rent this place.  

I've personally never heard of someone "flipping" a house with the ugliest colors in the world on the walls, but for us it turned out to be quite a boon.

When I post this, one neighbor will be joining me for coffee.  I'm looking forward to having some social connection to a real live person.  And guess what?  Our next door neighbors-it's not that they aren't nice, just have their plates overflowing.

They're newlyweds.  He works two jobs because he's still trying to sell his house from before the marriage.  She's working two jobs as well AND she's a freelance writer!!!!

We've been exchanging e-mails trying to find a time to meet in person.  In the meantime, we're learning quite a bit about the areas publications and the various questionable ethics they had out to us writers.

I've suggested that perhaps we start a welcoming committee of some sort-just so new neighbors don't feel as if the others here aren't deliberately snubbing them.  Now that I've met people and the weather's cooled down, it's nice to be able to say "hello" and chat with people as Lucky and I take our morning walks.

As with all things, getting to know my neighbors just took some time and a great block party!

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 25, 2013
    • Welcoming committees are truly a lost practice! I remember being a newly married young woman in my 20’s and having neighbors knock on the door with plates of food to welcome us to the neighborhood. We also had all of our neighbors’ phone numbers in case someone needed a helping hand with a ride to work, babysitting, anything! We had block parties on 4th of July, came our en masse at midnight for new year’s eve to shout “happy new year” and bang on pots and pans. It was really nice. I miss those days!



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      Diane17 wrote Oct 25, 2013
    • The only time I was really welcomed was when we moved out to the country in 2008.  People came by with goodies and coupons to welcome us to the neighborhood.  We joined the Neighborhood Watch.  It was nice!

      Shortly before we left, one of the neighbors had a big party and invited everyone else.  We got to know other families.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 25, 2013
    • Just had coffee w/ a very nice woman-also disabled, of the same faith and our dh’s met at the mailboxes a while back.  it’s nice getting to know people in person!  happy



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 25, 2013
    • That’s so wonderful Carine. Moving away from your home to another state  is just like immigrating estatic you have to start anew.  

      So glad you are meeting new people and staying active.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 25, 2013
    • certainly doing my best Yana.  I’m sure immigrating is way harder-but trying to start over and making new friends is not as easy as it should be.



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      Marya1961 wrote Oct 27, 2013
    • I agree it can be so hard to connect, especially when everyone has a different agenda..odd hours of work, family commitments, health issues, etc..and I can say honestly, this being our third home, that no one welcomed us in any of our homes and it was quite sad, but I made the effort to introduce myself and talk to as many neighbors as I could over the past 28 years.

      Now, I am tired, but still manage to at least wave a hello to people.estatic



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