Friday, October 28, 2011

Aloha Friday - Are You Neighborly?


Aloha Fridays are brought to you by Kailani in beautiful Hawaii at An Island Life where Friday is the day to take it easy while anticipating the coming weekend. Today I'm going to link up, take it easy and ask a question.
After watching the Coroner remove the young woman from the apartment house across the street (you can read about it HERE), it got me to thinking of how little I know of the women who live there (she was the lawyer, 47 years old and it took 4  days to find her which is just so tragic).

Getting back to my thoughts on this, I know every other homeowner on our block on both sides of the street. So well in fact, we regularly meet up on the sidewalk and talk several times a week.  This one big brick mansion is the only residence where the people on our street hardly know the people who live there even though the same owner and tenants have been there for more than three years.

How about you,  how well do you know your neighbors?  Keeping in mind it took 4 days to find my neighbor after her death, would you notice if something was that horribly wrong in your own neighborhood or could it take several days to discover someone there too?

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19 comments:

Jennifer said...

Such a sad story! :-(

Unfortunately, everyone in my neighborhood keeps to themselves. My husband chats with three of our neighbors, but everyone else just keeps to themselves.

CMash said...

We are cordial and will talk to our neighbors if we are outside at the same time. There are only 7 other houses on our street so I think we tend to know if something is unusual and watch out for each other's property.

blueviolet said...

I know my next door neighbor and his wife well enough to say hi, but not chat for a long time. I know none of the other neighbors.

In my last house, I knew the neighbors pretty well, but I lived there for 11 years.

Simply Suthern said...

We've been there about 10 yrs now and we know everyone on the street. We watch each others properties but alot of them work odd hours. We chat when we see each other on the street but if I didnt see them for a week it would not be odd.

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Robin Quick said...

My next door neighbors are all family . You would think with that fact we would know if someone wasnt seen for a few days. My father in law passed away 2.5 yrs ago at 5 p.m. and wasnt found till 10 a.m. the next day by his mental health worker. He had severe mental problems and that had alienated us from him.. long story. Anyway , if it wasnt for his mental health worker im sad to say it could have taken maybe 2 maybe 3 days for people to miss him.

Katie2SS said...

That's sad to hear. I'm not sure I'd notice someone NOT leaving a residence as much as I would someone actually leaving the residence that normally wouldn't be.

MSRheinlander @KUWTR said...

WOW... that is so sad!!
I know my direct neighbors pretty well but beyond that I probably wouldn't know if something was off or wrong??!??!!

chantal said...

wow! thats horrible!

Sadly, everyone in our neighborhood keeps to themselves. I have spoken with 4 of my neighbors but dont even know the rest

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Debbie said...

Oh my! I'm pretty close with some of my neighbors and since I live on a circle, I pretty much see the comings and goings of everyone. I would, and do, notice if I haven't seen someone for a while, but I'm not sure I would do something about it right away. I would hope someone would notice something amiss at my house though.

I am Harriet said...

We live in the kind of town where there is a bit of small town to it- aka people know your stuff. We would probably know there was something different if we didn't see the usual action.

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JamericanSpice said...

I live in a neighborhood where everyone seems to keep to themselves, unless they were friends before. It's sad.

However if we are outside, we'll wave to each other and that's about it.

Kari said...

That sounds like such an awful story!

I would say I'm extremely close to my immediate neighbors (the homes on each side of us and across from us). I think we would definitely know pretty quickly if something was wrong. We tend to keep in touch often and know each other's general schedules, etc. Most of us have kids the same age and we are all friends. (Now, my husband and kids would say I'm particularly nosey and have to know everybody's business but I beg to differ, LOL!)

Baba said...

Probably not because we live far from our neighbors. But we know them all..

Stacy Uncorked said...

What a sad story! We don't live in a typical neighborhood, so we only know our neighbors on either side of us - just wave and say hello, except the ones on one side ever since the new girlfriend moved in over there (after they met in a Psych Ward at the hospital one weekend). She and her 13 year old son are not friendly AT ALL and are not very nice people. The guy that lives there has been there for 20-30 years, and he's turned mean since she moved in. At least the neighbors on the one side are really nice, though we only chat once in a blue moon and wave hello in passing. :)

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Nezzy said...

Neighbors are a different kinda term out here on the Ponderosa. They are the other landowners we 'touch' property with. At that, even though they may be miles away...we know 'me.

It is sad that it took a whole four days before somebody suspected somethin' was wrong.

Have a blessed and very safe weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Vicki said...

We live way out in the country and only have one close neighbor. We know her very well and keep an eye out for anything amiss. She's in her 80's and lives alone.
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Kailani said...

I know maybe two of my neighbors but even then wouldn't notice if something happened to them.

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