Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hi-Diddly-Ho, Neighbor!

 Before we moved onto Bettie, Vlad and I had a decently active social life. I mean, it's not like we were jet setting across the country or that we didn't sometimes spend whole Saturdays reading or watching movies, but we did our fair share of meeting and greeting.

Since we started living the dock life, however, I feel as though we are constantly meeting people, having dinner with people, talking to people, sharing a few beers with people we've known less than a week or a day. We've lived on board for two months and have already attended another liveaboards' wedding. You get the picture.

So why the difference between boat life and land living? Vlad and I discussed this the other night after yet another impromptu dinner party, and our theory is that boats don't have yards or driveways or garages or any of the other things that separate you from your neighbors. You are, in a way, forced to meet and mingle with others and learn about their lives, philosophies and political viewpoints even if they differ from your own. Quite the change from life in the digital age where face-to-face contact is increasingly rare.

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