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NNO: Opportunities In Como

Posted in portrait by kirbybjohnson on August 7, 2009

NNO_20090804The evening of August 4th marked the annual event that gives individuals, across the country, the opportunity to gather and revisit an old concept – – the neighborhood. This tried and true model of community flies in the face of another idea that has growing prevalence today. That notion being that the many houses lining our streets are lone structures, where families go about their lives – – all by themselves – – with scant interaction with other families. This notion  is the death nail to the concept of neighborhood. This notion leads to a missed opportunity. The opportunity to befriend someone who holds your same interests or concerns; the opportunity to befriend someone who holds different interests or concerns.  Each August, one evening is marked on the calendar to revisit an opportunity that is available to us every day and night of the year. Thank you to Rebecca and Kyle. The root beer floats along with Niko and Cessi made us feel welcome. Thank you for hosting National Night Out for our neighborhood. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  1. Ann said, on August 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I hosted a potluck bbq for NNO, but I was thinking about an ice cream social… maybe next year! Nice photo, Kirby. I was too busy flippin’ burgers on the grill to get my camera out.

  2. Pam Nelson said, on August 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Every year Armie and I host a NNO icecream social. This year we were unable to for all the soccer games and also because as concilmember Armie had to visit all the parties. I so missed it! I may still do it the end of August just to unite new neighbors.

  3. Rebecca said, on August 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you, Kirby, for taking and posting our street’s photo and for writing about us! National Night Out is one of my favorite nights of the year! I look forward to seeing you and Claudia BEFORE next NNO! 🙂


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