Do you say "hi" back to your neighbors? If not, I'm intrigued and would love to hear why. Perhaps you've been burned by overzealous neighbors in the past, trapped in 20-minute conversations when you're already late for work? Or is it too weird to talk to people when you know the intimate details of their TV-watching/sex/snoring habits? Or is it shyness? Or do you wish people would just leave you alone?
I have no intentions of ceasing to say "Hi" or "Good morning" when I pass my neighbors in the hall. I am polite, dammit, and stubborn as well. I've been trying to get the security guard at my job to smile at me for two years, and I will succeed. (I did make him smile once by bringing him lemon cupcakes, but the smile wasn't directed at me so it only counts as a half-win.) Still, every time one of my neighbors just stares blankly back at me, I have a mini-crisis. Why do they hate me? Am I not welcome here? What could I possibly have done? Are they psychopaths? Should I be concerned?
Overall, it's really nothing to drive myself crazy about — I just want to understand! How do your interactions with your neighbors go? How do you wish they would go?