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I think everyone dreams of a neighborhood where everyone knows your name (but no one stalks you). Certainly after living in an African village for two years I know that "community" can cut both ways.

So over the past year we've gotten to know the people in our immediate neighborhood, sort of. We say hi. Sometimes we cross paths at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse or at the library. It's nice but not too onerous. We haven't gotten to know anyone well enough to invite them over.

There's a corner store on the next block where we've often gone for various items, run by a chatty and kind Korean couple. I used to go there regularly. But then I stopped. I don't know why. MoBob still goes. He says that every time he's there they ask about me. I feel bad that I don't visit with them anymore. Then I don't go because I feel bad. Then as more time passes the more awkward it will be, and I feel worse. They can even tell if I'm in town or not because MoBob buys Diet Coke when I'm around.

I should go and say hi.
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On July 10th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC), gurdonark commented:
yes, just go and buy a Diet Coke!
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On July 10th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Especially since they started ordering Diet Coke with lime just for me!
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On July 10th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Don't feel bad - I am sure they don't hold it against you. Assume all is neutral, and saying hi is a bonus!
On July 10th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC), wendye replied:
I agree. But popping into to buy some DC is always a positive.
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On July 10th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
You're right - I should stop fussing about it all.
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On July 10th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
With lime, that they started ordering after my customer feedback!
On July 11th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
then you've totally got to visit! =) ah
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