Are you good at neighbor relations? Want to be better?
After talking to the Tigard police and the woman who owns the house the Tigard police event centered on, what’s next?
One of the men who drives a diesel farm truck up and down the quiet roads sat in his rig while I mowed my yard.
I needed to find a way to talk to him about his tearful mother without confrontation. It’s a challenge.
What can I say to him to motivate his behavior, to show I care enough to step outside the usual hostile bubble we blow around us when people keep doing the same thing for years?
My idea come after I cleaned my push mower, the one with the reel blade. I’ve got two of them.
I pushed the mower I didn’t use across the street to the man in the truck. It’s the first time I’ve talked to him since reporting that I offered his traffic a glass of water on a hot day while he waited for his runner to come back from the house.
His mother and I had a nice talk about police activity where she cried and cried.
Now it was his turn for some neighborly pep.
It went like this: [Read More…]
A helpful conversation after Tigard Police Event.
Open communication can help reduce tension.
I kept that in mind before starting a conversation about the Tigard Police event in my front yard.
The owner of a house with loads of traffic caught me cruising the cul-de-sac.
She parked in the middle of the road and came to my soccer mom van window for a chat.
And it was chatty, to say the least. [Read More…]
I got the wife phone call you never want to get.
No, not the one where she’s run off to Spain with a gypsy king, or discovered her true self with a Starbucks soothsayer.
This phone call:
“David, I see nine police cars in front of our house and parked in our driveway. You need to come home.”
Which I did. Here’s what happened.
When I turned the corner before my street and saw Tigard police cars I turned the other way.
Instead of driving into their operation I went around the block, parked, and walked up. Slowly.
I took a few pictures, talked to a policeman who happened to be part of the K9 unit, and petted his dog.
Then they all left.
Here’s what didn’t happen: [Read More…]
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