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I don't recall having much in the way of neighbors. When I was renting at Deerfield, there was a psychotic next-door neighbor who got into a six-month fight with us over the placement of road cones to protect his dead father's parking space, and a sweet elderly couple about five houses down, but...we were renting that, not making an investment in the property.

So...in the new house, there's a number of very nice houses, all cramped up together. In short, a neighborhood.

I'd like to bake big plates of cookies for the neighbors and pass them out maybe the first week in December, but getting involved with the neighbors always raises the problem of The Closet. And this house is NOT in Austin proper, so odds of dealing with conservatives is higher.


Any long-term gay couples have any advice on this? I've been strongly encouraged to get to know my neighbors, but being gay feels like it necessitates the creation of a wall of some sort...of course, we're not exactly bar-crawling drag queens with a new boyfriend every week, we're more the stable householder sorts.


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Sep. 28th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Neighbors = scary

Neighbors who introduce themselves = even scarier and we do background checks on them.

Introduce away.
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
i usually meet my neighbors during move-in or while doing yardwork. a big floppy hat, gloves, and annuals are a great way to motivate superficial howdies.
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Wait, was it Kurtz from "Heart of Darkness" or Dr. Moreau that wore the big floppy hat? I think it was "Island of Dr. Moreau..."
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
dr. moreau. just don't wear a white shirt and pants at the same time.
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I second the yard work thing.

It's non-threatening, and shows that you're interested in having a positive impact on the place. Plus, if you're taking a break / not working overly hard, t invites long pauses for conversation. Also useful, asking people what they've done with their yards / what plants they've had good results with.
Sep. 28th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Well, I look at it this way. I'm sure over some period of time they will see you two going places together a lot and the fact that there is no female involved would probably give some suspicion to someone. Or they could all just think we're nothing more than housemates. Either way, maybe making cookies for the neighbors is a little gay. But at least you know it would be a good impression on them, showing that ya'll are friendly.

They do seem like a close community, somehow I bet if we don't introduce ourselves we'll have people showing up at our door curious to meet us. Or at least time it to where they are outside when we go outside. lol
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Baking cookies for neighbors is totally nice and in the holiday spirit. I don't think you have to say anything more than Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever. I doubt people will even think about your sexual orientation. I've been reading your journal for years and it's never crossed my mind until you worried about it!
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Huh. Well, the majority of people in the world really don't care about any particular person. I mostly worry because this isn't Austin, and that's a change from what I'm used to.
Sep. 29th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Maybe if you just don't mention it, they won't notice. You'd be surprised how clueless people can be.
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Very true...
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