Neighborhood mowing day etiquette, garbage day etiquette, social media etiquette….

I’ll begin by saying..ya…I know…I need to find something to do today if I have time to think about these things…

I haven’t lived in a neighborhood setting since I was a kid – around 18.  Living in the country on 2 1/2 acres you just mow your grass when you want to mow it.  For those of us with weeds, creeping charlie and no lawn service, you mow your grass when you don’t like the dew on your bare ankles or when you know that when you wake up in the morning, it is just too long to mow and you need to get Farmer Green to come over with the John Deere.

Even growing up in a neighborhood, our yard was landscaped on Carter’s adjoining yard and it was a steep hill down to where Shaffer’s yard started so the line of who has mowed and *ahem who hasn’t mowed was not that noticeable.  But NOW…now I live in a neighborhood where all the front yards on the street are level.  So when Dave or Robbien mow, and we don’t, it looks horrible…same on the other side.  Right now the Brown lawn and the Adamczyk lawn is about the same height but Loren’s on the south side is a bit longer…and this quite frankly bugs me.  I’m not bitching because Loren’s lawn looks a lot better than our lawn but I’m just saying’.  We need to all mow on the same day!

Which leads me to garbage day – today.  This is different too.  The one man truck comes by with his little iron helper attached to the side.  He picks up the can – engineers the iron helper up to dump it then sets it back down.  It’s kind of an event from where I came from.  When I take my walk on garbage day, is it okay to pull each neighbor’s garbage can up by their garage door?  It just seems like a right neighborly thing to do and no one will really know who is doing it so it would appear they have a garbage fairy.

….and my last thought of the day.  I’m friends with a lot of tech savvy friends.  Ya…they accept my friendship.  A lot of my friends crosspost – whether it is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, google+ or Tumblr.  So when things are cross posted – is it expected that you hit the heart or like button on every media?  Or are my friends just thinking – ya, ya…I know you love the picture – find something to do…or are their feelings hurt because I haven’t liked their picture because they haven’t been to one of their other pages to see that I liked it there.  Kate …. you were right…it’s kind of exhausting.

Until next time…..

Anti social media people….

This is one of those mornings that I have so much to say and so little time…little time because once I get on one of my rants, I frequently can’t remember what else I was going to say…

Social media and instant messaging.  I’ve heard the whining, moaning and indignant anger from folks who don’t electronically communicate with friends and acquaintances.  I’ve been personally criticized and mothered as to how us electronic communicators are ruining America.  OH  SHUT  UP!

I’ve made more connections using social media than would have been humanly possible without this tool.  I’ve reconnected with old friends that I always wondered about but didn’t know if they were dead or alive.  I pretty much know at a glance what is going on in the lives of most everyone that I connect to….and it is WONDERFUL!  I may not be in your top 10 list of personal friends, but when your Great Aunt Matilda dies…you will get a prayerful good vibe from me because even though I didn’t know you had a Great Auntie, I can share a good karmic vibe with you.

If I have a thought or something I want to tell you, or just let you know I”m thinking about you because something reminded me of you…simple…I send you a short message …you send me a message back and we have connected…if I spent time on the telephone (which I detest, by the way) I would have to give up my job and all of my private life just to keep up with the volume of information I have using electronic and social media…and I am more likely to send you a message than I am to call you on the telephone – do the pleasantries just to tell you that I tried the dunkin donuts coffee (which is the best, by the way) and love it.

I talk on the telephone for 8 hours a day to people I generally don’t like…I, absolutely, positively am not going home from work and talk on the telephone….no matter how much you love this type of communication.  I am not going to do it…This, of course, applies to the daily conversations about life and what you had to eat during the day, this does not apply to emotional, rescue mission phone calls…I have been a people pleaser for 56 years..everyone’s emotional well being has always been catered to before my own and it is not healthy.


Until next time….if you come back?