Shy or not, knocking on doors to meet your neighbors can be a daunting task, a task that seems to get harder and more awkward the longer you live in a particular place. But yesterday I finally met someone who has lived practically across the street from me for a while, and I'm super stoked about the possibilities this new neighbor friendship might bring.
One usual method of meeting neighbors is striking up conversation while on a walk if you happen to spot someone in their yard, but in Austin, high temperatures keep folks indoors for many months out of the year. Or at the very least, not casually lounging around in front yards that frequently reach surface-of-the-sun levels.
So how did I finally make the connection in this case? It had to do with a Facebook friend! Noticing our proximity, she devised a neighbor meetup, and it was a success. We're now both planning on introducing each other to the other neighbors we know in the 'hood, hoping that we'll build a potential block party invitation list in time for cooler fall temps! So if you are shy or don't like the cold call approach to getting to know the folks who live around you, here are two shy guide ways that might lead to something:
Ask your Facebook friends if they know anyone who lives in your 'hood. And that they think you should meet. In this case our mutual friend realized us neighbors were both writers and would have a lot in common, and she was right! Let your Facebook buddies play neighbor friend match up.
Ask someone you know in your neighborhood to introduce you to everyone they know. You'll both hopefully at least double the amount of neighbor introductions, and maybe also double the amount of people you know in the hood!
How have you connected with folks in your neighborhood? Has it been random and by chance? Or deliberate and planned? Share your favorite connecting-with-the-neighbors stories.
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)