Sunday, December 16, 2018

Building a community

It was the inaugural Friday drinks and nibbles at our building. I stepped into the lift twenty minutes later than I should have coming back from work as Melbourne had experienced flash flooding and huge traffic and public transport delays. The social meeting was for 6 and it was now 8. A couple, an older white man and an older Asian women were in the lift and they had been to the Friday night drinks.

They had an empty plate with some food residue on it and two empty wine glasses. They told me they had a great time at Friday night drinks and nibbles and would have stayed longer, except they met a couple who like playing mahjong, and were so going off to meet up with them for a game. A clacking of the tiles, so to speak.

So, the inaugural Friday drinks and nibbles thing might turn out to be a great success in the future. I hope to to attend when I am free. 20 second lift conversations are all very well, but actually having a good chat must be better. I just have to convince R. But as the old guard of the building committee people has moved on, or has been moved on, maybe he will give it will give it a try. Goodness knows, we need more social connection.


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  1. What a great idea.
    And you and R are NOT alone in needing more social connection.

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    1. EC, as we age, we lose social connection. Is there a Christmas Party you can attend at your volunteer place? Attend, and while you may be bored and wish you were at home, it is a good thing to do.

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  2. Any Photos From The Flooding?? Drag That You Missed The Gathering But Sounds Like You May Be The Catalyst To Sparking Another Social Engagement. Stay Strong My Friend.

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, no photos by me. I do hope to be involved in the future.

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  3. It seem like since social media came about. I hear people actual laking socialize with other.

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    1. Dora, social media, so complicated and difficult, yet I am writing to you on social media.

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  4. Keep your feet dry, Andrew. Melbourne and other southern areas certainly have been copping it...as have areas in tropical far north Queensland. It's just been a continuous, light sprinkle here where I am.

    I'm a boring old fart...I'm not into regular, weekly social gatherings with neighbours (with anyone, for that matter! lol).

    In saying that I will be, next Friday evening, attending the annual Christmas party hosted by my landlords. Note "annual"...that is enough for me. I'll be taking two large platters with me...a cheese, fruit and raw nuts' platter and an antipasto...as well as wine, naturally.

    Have yourself a great week, Andrew. Stay safe in that crazy weather.

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    1. Lee, while BAD struggled a bit initially when she moved into a posh retirement place, she now loves it and the social connections it gives her. I had always thought I would be comfortable old loner, but now I am not so sure. Do enjoy the Christmas party.

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  5. Great idea because we ALL need more social connection. I used to know all my neighbours but over the last 20 years, people have moved out and new families moved in, regularly. Noone connects any more :(

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    1. Hels, you really have to put effort into social connections when you get older.

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    2. That is so true, Andrew. My sister in law lived in Sydney until 2 years ago and moved to Melbourne because her remaining family is here. She doesn't miss Sydney's humidity, horrible buses, curvy and crowded roads etc. But she desperately misses her old social connections in Sydney.

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  6. Ahem, Hels, some of us don't want social connection. Or not too much anyway.
    Try a bit harder to convince R, but if he really doesn't want to go, maybe you could go on your own and when he sees how well that goes, he may join you. or ask you to stop going...

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    1. River, some of us are content with our own company as we age, and I thought I was one of the those people, but now I am not so sure. R will attend if I insist. I use that ability rarely.

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  7. That sounds a wonderful idea for a Friday night, getting to know your fellow neighbours - a social outing better than looking at the phone all the time..
    Love Mahjong, play it against the iPad when in the mood :)

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    1. Margaret, yes to all, except mahjong, as I don't know how to play it, but I do love the rattling of the tiles.

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  8. What a good idea. More communities should follow suit. No Mahjong for me though.

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  9. We have a monthly coffee club that I hosted for a year with a friend. I quit, as it bored me to tears.

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    1. Jackie, did they talk a lot about their grandchildren?

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  10. Social contact, what is that? Ha. That looks to be an interesting game. I had never heard of it.

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    1. C'mon Strayer. You do get to see and talk to people. I have only seen it played once and it looked complicated.

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