Neighbors Can Lend a Hand, Whether They Know It or Not.
By: Barney Gorin, KCA President
Kentlands is, if not unique, unusual. We live close to each other. Many (most? all?) of us know our neighbors, our neighbors' dogs, our neighbors' cars. This can be a blessing with good neighbors or a curse with poor ones.
Good neighbors help each other. For example, a couple weeks ago, your Kentlands Citizens Assembly President was faced with a challenge: leaving early on a Tuesday for a week in North Carolina meant that no one would be home to bring the trash can in after it had been emptied.
Fortunately, said President had options to overcome this difficulty.
Option one was to look across the alley at Neighbor One's home to see if the car was there. It was not, but, had it been, an email saying "please throw my trash can over the fence this evening" would have sufficed. The car being missing may or may not have indicated an extended absence. The risk of the trash can remaining in the alley was too high.
Option two was to look across the alley at Neighbor Two's back yard to see if his trash can had already been put out. It was not, but, had it been, a quick text saying "is it ok to put my trash in your bin?" would have brought a certain "sure, why not?" response.
Option three was to look further down the alley at Neighbor Three's garage to see if his trash can was visible. It was! A quick walk, a quick trash deposit, and a quick email explaining the need both met the challenge and produced the expected result: "No problem….have a great trip."