so anyway tonight is national night out. YESTERDAY we printed up signs and hung them up in the apartment. tonight we went outside with a cooler of beer, some freezer pops, and blue Westar Energy goody bags with energy-efficient light bulbs. it was 324°F but after a while some folks came out, and we sat out back and had a great time. we ended up ordering pizzas, more beer was contributed to the cooler, beer came out of the cooler, so on and so on. local cops stopped by to meet everyone. a good time was had by all.
really i live in a pretty awesome apartment, we really do know our neighbors and they're awesome. people like to be social and sit out back drinking and talking and meeting one another. my last apartment was creepy, cookie-cutter and anonymous. no one wanted to admit that they wanted to be friends with their neighbors, it was like a sign of weakness, like you couldn't make your own friends. and honestly it made me feel unsafe. some crazy weirdo could move in next door and creep everyone out, but i'd still think i was the only one uncomfortable because we never talked.
maybe it's a maturity thing, too, meeting neighbors and general other people, having people over. you admit that your tiny circle of friends is overrated. i like having lots of circles of friends. marc and i joke about being total scene whores, but really it's true. if there are multiple parties going on, we split up and go separate ways just to maintain the circles... send a delegate from our house, if you will. i want to feel connected in totally different ways than i did when i was 17 and just wanted to be left alone.