I want my headphones to be seen. I have some trashy neighbors with dogs who aren’t bark trained. Been almost a decade, no training for the dogs except yelling at them to be quiet. *rolling eyes* I don’t want to hear these people, and I don’t want to chat with these people. The tacky crap in the yard and the literal dog crap that gets tracked into their house because they don’t often pick it up, yuck. It’s a whole ass list. Now that they have pissed off half the neighborhood, they will be more driven to reach out and pretend to be neighborly to the few people who don’t run into the house when they come outside. Well, they can fuck all the way off. Headphones are the universal symbol for Fuck Off, Don’t Talk to Me. Reason One headphones make good neighbors. I don’t need these people living rent free in my mind, ever. I don’t want to accidently on purpose say what they need to hear. Not my place nor my job. And I love my music. And my other neighbors. Reason one for headphones outside.
Neighbor 2 is lonely and since last year, has decided I need to chat with them every time I am outside when they are, and, like me, they were always outside last summer. Every day. Mornings, afternoons and evenings. And night when I wanted some chill patio time with my man.
Neighbor is nice enough, and I greatly enjoy our conversations, in small doses. Neighbor has lived an interesting life and I often enjoy other opinions about things. Nothing personal, but when I am outside, I usually have shit to do, or wish to get lost in my own little world. Privacy fence doesn’t work, as neighbor can easily see and chat from a favorite spot on their deck. I tell neighbor I need to get back to work and they just keeps on talking. And talking. I start walking away. STILL TALKING. No, pretty sure neighbor isn’t on the spectrum, something I am familiar with. Just very social and pretty lonely since they lost their job. I talk to them hours some days. Standing there in the sun. Neighbor has friends, but I guess the need to chat outpaces the supply of people available to listen. Makes sense, as I am housewife-available, have stuff to talk about and am literally right there most days.
I do my best to be a good friendly neighbor myself, but as an introvert? Sometimes the expectation to chat with anyone all the time is quite stressful. I am very honest, too honest. I don’t do the white lie thing, prefer to be direct and am just too much of an open book sometimes. So I try to watch for neighbor and time my garden time to when neighbor is not available but neighbor decided to wait to look for work and turned down the one job they were offered. So they are outside, all the time. And why not? Summers here are prime outdoor time! Neighbor a proud bootstraps republican, so I had to endure daily speeches where they felt the need to expound in determined detail why they were different than all the other people who didn’t work. I never required the explanation, nor inquired often about neighbor not working. It’s not my business, frankly.
I am not one of those live-to-work people. The first thing I say about people is never “hard-working”, like your dedication to an entity that doesn’t give a shit about you is of prime importance or a determining factor of your character. More interested in people who protect and defend the neediest of their community, are generous, kind-hearted. Please, when I die, I hope those traits are firstly expressed when one asks about who I was. Fuck outta here with “hard-working” being the most important trait in a human being. Lucky people work primarily to be social; work friends are a welcome bonus. The rest of the world works in exchange for money to pay bills. Want to impress me? Tell me about how you work smarter, not harder.
ok, stepping off the soapbox…sorry-ish.
So, this year, in case neighbor is still not employed and outside all the time ready to chat, and because I love learning new things, I’ve discovered a bounty of audio material and podcasts I can listen to while I garden. With breaks to chat with neighbor, of course, as they are lovely. I simply can’t chat all the time.
Let’s see…perhaps a business marketing course? There would have a lot of business and marketing podcasts to listen to and write about, I would assume. Sign me up!
Also…I CAN’T HEAR YOU.
Headphones make good neighbors.