[6/6] My Pledge
Current mood: neighborly
Category: neighborly Life
[This is the last part! Should you want to take a few minutes to catch up on this series, go back here,
And remember - people are already stepping up and answering the call. Those near Greenville can hang out on Friday night,
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will always have beer and soda in the fridge, have snacks in the
cupboard, and keep the liquor shelf happy. My home and/or me will
be available whenever possible on twenty minutes notice to any of the
people reading this*. I'm going to get all my board games out of
the attic, everything from Risk and Trivial Pursuit to
Shots-and-Ladders. I will bring out the buckets of Lego. I
will have paper and drawing tools available. I will entertain
anyone, age 2 and up. My hiking boots and back pack are always
ready to go, too.
Generally, I have no problem keeping myself
entertained, and I have my own projects going all the time – but none
of it is on a schedule. If I "drop everything" to make a social
event happen, it's because my priorities are clear, and they include
While writing this series, I can't help but think of all
those friends and friends-of-friends of mine that live just across the
highway from my own neighborhood. There's a couple dozen people I
could name in this crew who all live within a mile radius of each
other. Some get out of the house when they can, and find a
regular bar; others get out just every-other-weekend due to children –
and wind up at another bar. Others rarely venture beyond the
safety of their "compound". My message to them (i.e. YOU) is
this: get off that bar stool and pull up a chair at your neighbor's
dinette set. Cut the ham and eat, or cut the cards and deal!
* [I do have some idea of my readership! "As Charles Foster Kane who owns eighty-two thousand, six hundred and thirty-four shares of public transit - you see, I do have a general idea of my holdings
- I sympathize with you. Charles Foster Kane is a scoundrel. His paper
should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him.
You may, if you can form such a committee, put me down for a
contribution of one thousand dollars".]
After all, what does any man really want, but love – on his own terms?
Yeah, I'm hoping for more than memories of a lost childhood on my deathbed, too.
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