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My buddy is one of those Madison Avenue geniuses, kind of a mix between David Ogilvy and Jerry Garcia.

He and I came up with the idea of Neighbor Day. It will be every year on 3/11. The website is http://www.neighborday.us.

Use the day to do something nice for your neighbor, especially your neighbor who may be elderly or broke. And then after you do your service, get shitfaced and have a barbecue with your neighbors, including the ones with whom you have any long-running feuds.

Eventually, we hope to tie into the 311 phone service, so we can offer our services through 311 for our neighbors who need a bit of extra help. Why? Because it's a demographics problem. There is going to be a huge number of Baby Boomers around the world who will be increasingly older, and they will need help from the younger generations. But so many young people have been raised to be a little wary of their neighbors. This is an annual day to get used to helping our neighbors.

If you're old and your need help, maybe you can buy your young neighbors some beer or weed and bake them an apple pie. They'll ideally return the favor by helping you through the year.

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We are only doing Neighbor Day for the USA, if you want a Neighbor Day in your own country, please feel free to use the same day, logo, or whatever. Our main goal for Neighbor Day is to help our neighbors and then get shitfucked with our neighbors and give everyone lots of hugs and smokes.

We can add your country's Neighbor Day and contact on the .US site, no problem. It's just a WordPress site, it's dirt simple to add stuff.

We started this whole thing about six months ago, but we're slackers and we couldn't get the site up until now. But there is nearly a month for everyone to stockpile beer and grill stuff. I have a neighbor who is 87 years old, the back of her house is choked with vegetation, I hope to get back there and clear some of it out for her, and then clear out a few culverts with my son. Then we'll likely grill up a bunch of hot dogs, he'll play Fortnite and basketball with his friends, and I'll just get drunk with some neighbors, maybe play some street hockey or boot hockey if it's icy. At least that's the plan. But the best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.

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Good call - and as much as I *hate* doing this given the tenor of conversation today, gotta agree with Steamer.   

Just last night, a barn at a farm down the road caught fire, and my neighbor called me to come with him and help get the animals safely out of the pasture.  It wasn't his farm, it wasn't someone he was close friends with, but, it WAS someone who needed a hand, now, and he was gonna give as much as he could. 

Edited to add - sorry - meant to add the rest of the story.   The farm with the fire has a big enough pasture for the animals, and aside from the pigs, none of 'em stayed IN the barn.  So - all the hay and feed that was in the barn was lost, and the water line burst so they had to shut water off.   My neighbor just sent me a note to say that several of the area folks, with support from the local Southern States, are donating hay and feed, along with a couple portable trailers to store the feed in, until the barn can be rebuilt.   As long as it doesn't freeze, they'll be OK for water, as there's a creek running thru the backside of the pasture.  Unfortunately, 1 of the 5 pigs didn't make it out.  But, none of the cows and horses that were in the close pasture got hurt, and he's going to be able to keep 'em all fed thru the rest of the winter.  

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Tell your buddy to fuck off and get off my lawn. :ph34r:

 

Has it gotten so bad in the States that you need a fucking ad campaign to promote routine neighbourliness?

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Just now, SloopJonB said:

Tell you buddy to fuck off and get off my lawn. :ph34r:

 

Has it gotten so bad in the States that you need a fucking ad campaign to promote routine neighbourliness?

Excellent question - and I'll get off your lawn after I finish peeing in the bushes.   To your question, No, it isn't that bad.  Nothin' wrong w/a reminder to be nice.  And Neighbor doesn't have a "U" in it.   <zip> OK - I'm done.  

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7 minutes ago, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

And Neighbor doesn't have a "U" in it.  

:lol: Nice bit of unintentional irony there.

(No I in team but there are 3 U's in shut the fuck up)

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26 minutes ago, mikewof said:

My buddy is one of those Madison Avenue geniuses, kind of a mix between David Ogilvy and Jerry Garcia.

He and I came up with the idea of Neighbor Day. It will be every year on 3/11. The website is http://www.neighborday.us.

Use the day to do something nice for your neighbor, especially your neighbor who may be elderly or broke. And then after you do your service, get shitfaced and have a barbecue with your neighbors, including the ones with whom you have any long-running feuds.

Eventually, we hope to tie into the 311 phone service, so we can offer our services through 311 for our neighbors who need a bit of extra help. Why? Because it's a demographics problem. There is going to be a huge number of Baby Boomers around the world who will be increasingly older, and they will need help from the younger generations. But so many young people have been raised to be a little wary of their neighbors. This is an annual day to get used to helping our neighbors.

If you're old and your need help, maybe you can buy your young neighbors some beer or weed and bake them an apple pie. They'll ideally return the favor by helping you through the year.

1683014590_ScreenShot2020-02-13at12_03_32PM.png.00fade5b60bda4a63344c7a4752d54b3.png

We are only doing Neighbor Day for the USA, if you want a Neighbor Day in your own country, please feel free to use the same day, logo, or whatever. Our main goal for Neighbor Day is to help our neighbors and then get shitfucked with our neighbors and give everyone lots of hugs and smokes.

We can add your country's Neighbor Day and contact on the .US site, no problem. It's just a WordPress site, it's dirt simple to add stuff.

We started this whole thing about six months ago, but we're slackers and we couldn't get the site up until now. But there is nearly a month for everyone to stockpile beer and grill stuff. I have a neighbor who is 87 years old, the back of her house is choked with vegetation, I hope to get back there and clear some of it out for her, and then clear out a few culverts with my son. Then we'll likely grill up a bunch of hot dogs, he'll play Fortnite and basketball with his friends, and I'll just get drunk with some neighbors, maybe play some street hockey or boot hockey if it's icy. At least that's the plan. But the best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.

I like it, although as others, it's always neighbor day. I live in a condo that's been termed for the newly wed and nearly dead...lots of nearly dead I help out everyday

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9 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Tell you buddy to fuck off and get off my lawn. :ph34r:

 

Has it gotten so bad in the States that you need a fucking ad campaign to promote routine neighbourliness?

In many places, yes. And the worst part is that people accept the isolation from their neighbors as normal.

Some of it has to do with expanded work schedules demanded of both wage workers and professionals these days ... but hey, under Trump everybody is getting rich rich rich, I tell ya!! ... but some of it has to do with fear and divisiveness, some of it has to do with the fact that everybody is sucked into their "smart" phone these days. Back before we moved, my "neighborhood" in a suburb of a minor metro area was a wasteland of blank houses with ??? behind the front doors. I knew perhaps a dozen of my neighbors in the 3 block area but that was far more than most.

Now, I know everybody for a mile (which is how far the community goes) and know at least by sight, half the people in the whole community of ~2,000 households. It's hard to get in a walk for exercise, one is always stopping and talking

- DSK

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1 hour ago, Steam Flyer said:

That is an AWESOME idea.

Problem for me, the place I live is really a throwback and every day is pretty much "Neighbor Day." But I think it's a wonderful concept and would like to help promote it.

- DSK

Remember the slogan ..

"Neighbor Day. Help out, then get drunk or high."

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1 hour ago, SloopJonB said:

Tell your buddy to fuck off and get off my lawn. :ph34r:

 

Has it gotten so bad in the States that you need a fucking ad campaign to promote routine neighbourliness?

It's about culture.

The new generations built on social media and texting just isn't used to getting out of the house and helping their elderly neighbors.

And they have friends, but not typically in the neighborhood.

Also, a lot of elderly people in the USA really rely on the newish 311 service, they don't often use computers. The hope is to eventually have lists of volunteers with 311, some of these old folks trust 311, and they need help for things like getting groceries in the snow or help with a pet. There are millions of oldsters who will never, ever use government social services, regardless that they really need it.

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1 hour ago, mikewof said:

It's about culture.

The new generations built on social media and texting just isn't used to getting out of the house and helping their elderly neighbors.

And they have friends, but not typically in the neighborhood.

Also, a lot of elderly people in the USA really rely on the newish 311 service, they don't often use computers. The hope is to eventually have lists of volunteers with 311, some of these old folks trust 311, and they need help for things like getting groceries in the snow or help with a pet. There are millions of oldsters who will never, ever use government social services, regardless that they really need it.

My experience is that they not only use whatever gov't service is available, they take it completely for granted, gripe that it isn't faster and better and more complete (not to mention cheerful yet humbly servile)... then gripe about goddam socialism destroying the country.

THis is unfortunately not a joke.

- DSK

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12 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

My experience is that they not only use whatever gov't service is available, they take it completely for granted, gripe that it isn't faster and better and more complete (not to mention cheerful yet humbly servile)... then gripe about goddam socialism destroying the country.

THis is unfortunately not a joke.

- DSK

 

2 hours ago, mikewof said:

It's about culture.

The new generations built on social media and texting just isn't used to getting out of the house and helping their elderly neighbors.

And they have friends, but not typically in the neighborhood.

Also, a lot of elderly people in the USA really rely on the newish 311 service, they don't often use computers. The hope is to eventually have lists of volunteers with 311, some of these old folks trust 311, and they need help for things like getting groceries in the snow or help with a pet. There are millions of oldsters who will never, ever use government social services, regardless that they really need it.

I’ve lived in my neighborhood close to 30 years.  For the most part it is a tight knit group.  Neighborhood parties several times a year, informal get togethers at other times.

Just this morning the rescue squad and Sheriff were across the streets at my 87 year old neighbor’s house.  Wife was not feeling well since the weekend.  Their primary care doc told them to call the rescue squad.  Husband went along for the ride.  I trailed along to get a handle on things just in case it turned out to be serious because I would be making the call to their son in San Francisco.

ER folks said they would run some tests, but at first glance it did not look to be serious.  I told the husband that they would be there for several hours so I was going home and to call me when thry we’re ready to come back home.  About 4 hours later I schlepped back to the hospital and brought them home.

Their next door neighbor met us at the house and pretty much took over.  She is the wife of a retired MD.  Woman up the street, one of the social leaders of our mob, came over and brought dinner for them.

Tbe husband is a retired banker and as Republican and conservative as can be—-he hates Trump but will never vote for a Democrat.  The situation around here is that even though EMTs are part of the fire department, if they come to your house and transport you to the hospital you are going to get a multi hundred dollar service charge for that.  If they don’t transport you, no charge.  My neighbor, who I think still counts his first communion money, is going to bitch up a storm when he gets that bill.

As an aside, the newer folks in the neighborhood are not, for the most part, picking up on the neighborhood customs.

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4 hours ago, Steam Flyer said:

That is an AWESOME idea.

Problem for me, the place I live is really a throwback and every day is pretty much "Neighbor Day." But I think it's a wonderful concept and would like to help promote it.

- DSK

It's polarized in my area. Some of us make a point to meet our neighbors, and then I talk to some neighbors, and they're super friendly, but they tell me that I'm the only one other than their next door neighbors whom they know.

Part of it is kind of a Springtime Halloween. Everyone has a blast drinking in the streets and letting the kids run wild on Halloween, we thought it would be fun to have a second night of debauchery, as a reward for cleaning up the place.

That's another issue ... our culverts and ditches get jammed with garbage. Neither the HOA, nor the County will clear it out. Even just one day per year of picking it up can make a big difference.

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1 hour ago, Steam Flyer said:

My experience is that they not only use whatever gov't service is available, they take it completely for granted, gripe that it isn't faster and better and more complete (not to mention cheerful yet humbly servile)... then gripe about goddam socialism destroying the country.

THis is unfortunately not a joke.

- DSK

I don't worry about people like that. I worry a lot more about the old folks who flat out refuse to use ANY social services. I have seen a neighbor near my office walking in knee deep snow with her shopping cart to get Johnny Cat. She's 87 years old.

We see the people who take what they can get. But the people who don't, they're just invisible. They don't want to impose.

At first she was hesitant to let me help, but now she's okay with it. Another neighbor helps her, a shockingly beautiful swim coach, but the rest, I guess they don't feel comfortable breaking the ice.

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I love the concept of neighbor day. . . but 03/11 may be a bit early for us in the PNW to have a great experience outside?

We have great neighbors.  One comes over from next door, looks in my kitchen window and when he sees me, he cocks his head questionably to the side.  I give a brief nod, and he holds up a great bottle of Whisky.  We then go outside to the patio to share.  We have a sign near that window that says:  

AT FOUR WE POUR.

He says to me, I don't always want to be peering into your kitchen window, so he buys a ship's bell and mounts it next to our front door, so that I can ring it at 4 when I am accepting neighbors.  And now the neighbors on both sides come.  It's a great neighborhood.

Ding-da-ding-da-ding-da ding

 

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Every day is "Neighbor day" here.

 Why would anyone need a reason, a "day" to be neighborly?

 

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On 2/14/2020 at 8:24 AM, Steam Flyer said:

That is an AWESOME idea.

Problem for me, the place I live is really a throwback and every day is pretty much "Neighbor Day." But I think it's a wonderful concept and would like to help promote it.

- DSK

OTOH, I haven't the faintest idea who my neighbors will be on 3/11.

Or as they put it here, "11/3".

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7 hours ago, Mrleft8 said:

Every day is "Neighbor day" here.

 Why would anyone need a reason, a "day" to be neighborly?

 

Kind of what I was thinking. I saw Cliff's post and started preparing a memo to the neighbors.

Continue behaving normally on 3/11.

But then I didn't see the point.

Things were different in Miami, though. I barely knew even my immediate neighbors, at least before August 24, 1992. Our worlds shrunk a lot on that day and it's amazing what having a friend show up daily with a yuge cooler full of ice can do for neighborly relations.

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On 2/13/2020 at 11:47 AM, Steam Flyer said:

In many places, yes. And the worst part is that people accept the isolation from their neighbors as normal.

Some of it has to do with expanded work schedules demanded of both wage workers and professionals these days ... but hey, under Trump everybody is getting rich rich rich, I tell ya!! ...

Well first of all, this has been going on well before Nov 8th, 2016.  But I digress....

I would add that this social isolation is exacerbating a lot of mental health issues - leading to suicide, murder, DV, and all sorts of other issues.  It used to be that everyone mostly knew what was going on within a family, neighborhood, church, community, etc.  Everyone knew who the moody troubled kid was and they mostly kept and eye on them.  The thought of a disgruntled kid shooting up a school was a foreign concept, even though kids likely had far easier access to guns back when I was that age.  

I agree it's largely smartphones and work schedules.  But we've also become far more nomadic as society - moving around a lot chasing that next new job.  Or even just moving around within a town.  No one puts down roots much anymore.  And if you're not there very long, there's not much point in making friends with the next door neighbor.  

The other thing that leads to this isolation is that kids rarely go outside and play anymore.  They are confined to the house playing xbox or playing in the backyard.  Most neighborhoods were connected by the kids.  We would all go out and play all day and we'd make friends, end up over at other neighbor's houses, etc.  Then Little Suzie's mother would call Little Johnny's mother and ask if he could stay for dinner and that's how the adults got to know each other.  It just doesn't happen anymore.  Little Johnny now weighs 180lbs at age 7 and can barely get off the couch to go take a shit and Little Suzy in locked up in her room obsessing over something on instagram and thinking about cutting herself.  

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25 minutes ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Well first of all, this has been going on well before Nov 8th, 2016.  But I digress....

I would add that this social isolation is exacerbating a lot of mental health issues - leading to suicide, murder, DV, and all sorts of other issues.  It used to be that everyone mostly knew what was going on within a family, neighborhood, church, community, etc.  Everyone knew who the moody troubled kid was and they mostly kept and eye on them.  The thought of a disgruntled kid shooting up a school was a foreign concept, even though kids likely had far easier access to guns back when I was that age.  

I agree it's largely smartphones and work schedules.  But we've also become far more nomadic as society - moving around a lot chasing that next new job.  Or even just moving around within a town.  No one puts down roots much anymore.  And if you're not there very long, there's not much point in making friends with the next door neighbor.  

The other thing that leads to this isolation is that kids rarely go outside and play anymore.  They are confined to the house playing xbox or playing in the backyard.  Most neighborhoods were connected by the kids.  We would all go out and play all day and we'd make friends, end up over at other neighbor's houses, etc.  Then Little Suzie's mother would call Little Johnny's mother and ask if he could stay for dinner and that's how the adults got to know each other.  It just doesn't happen anymore.  Little Johnny now weighs 180lbs at age 7 and can barely get off the couch to go take a shit and Little Suzy in locked up in her room obsessing over something on instagram and thinking about cutting herself.  

Bingo!

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3 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

The other thing that leads to this isolation is that kids rarely go outside and play anymore.  They are confined to the house playing xbox or playing in the backyard.  Most neighborhoods were connected by the kids.  We would all go out and play all day and we'd make friends, end up over at other neighbor's houses, etc.  Then Little Suzie's mother would call Little Johnny's mother and ask if he could stay for dinner and that's how the adults got to know each other.  It just doesn't happen anymore.  Little Johnny now weighs 180lbs at age 7 and can barely get off the couch to go take a shit and Little Suzy in locked up in her room obsessing over something on instagram and thinking about cutting herself.  

:rolleyes: You obviously spend a lot of time around "kids these days".

Do you live in River City by any chance?

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