A town nearby me was having a town-wide yard sale event this morning and I figured I'd go and see what knick-knacks and goodies I could find. So I got up early on a Saturday and headed out for the good deals.
Now allow me to preface this by saying I haven't felt a sense of community anywhere probably since before '08, but seeing a 90% white town actually having conversations on their sidewalks was almost mindblowing to me. People were out walking their dogs, going for runs, and because of today they were bartering old junk which became someone else's treasure. They were actually saying stuff like, "Oh, I saw some guy down on third selling golf clubs for like $5, your husband would probably like one for his birthday," and, "How's the other side of town where you live doing today? I hear central is busy!" Plus when I overbid on my newfound loot, many of them were nice enough to say no and give me change.
Maybe that's a bit mundane for some of you, but I think for the lot of us the thought that there are still places where people look out for one another and know each other's families is quite frankly just unheard of. I can't even remember the last time I had a conversation with a stranger on a sidewalk.
Bonus: the only non-whites I saw were landscapers, plus a token asian couple. There were even some little girls with a lemonade stand for $0.50 with real lemons, not that sugary bullshit.
Please don't let (((them))) take away yard sales from me.