My wife and I have seen an marked increase in door to door soliciting in our NE Heights neighborhood. Door to door sales people have never really bothered us but lately, they have become annoying and some, like the shady fellow selling frozen meat out of his pickup truck, have become unsettling. Normally, there is an increase in soliciting when school starts, but these aren't school kids coming by. Anyone else seeing an increase where they live?
Seems like some strongly worded No Soliciting signs are in order.
Bad experiences to be sure. We didn't have those problems when we moved to our neighborhood. The ice was broken for us when I noticed my elderly neighbor stacking firewood that was delivered and dumped in his driveway. I grabbed a pair of gloves and went over and helped. Word got around and everyone was accepting of us as a result.
As for people being isolated in their homes. The truth is people have chosen to isolate themselves not only in their homes but outside also. They pop in a set of earbuds, crank up the iPod, don't make eye contact and walk in their own little bubble oblivious to what goes on around them.
Update - So last fall I built a nice little gate and hung it at the entrance to our courtyard. Placed a nice but conspicuous No Soliciting sign on it and enjoyed months of piece and quiet until these last two weeks. It seems people who want to peddle their politics don't consider themselves solicitors. So then I locked the little gate. Yesterday, some lady trying to get signatures for a living wage somthing-or-other climbed over the gate to get to my door.
What is with these people!
I don't know, Run. But the other night at about 9:00pm, my doorbell rang, and for some silly reason I thought it might be one of my neighbors so I opened the door. Nope, someone I didn't know with a clipboard. It was pitch dark outside, my porch light was off, and all my curtains were drawn. My three chihuahuas were yapping their heads off, so I told the person (through the security screen) that I would not be able to carry on a conversation because the dogs would continue to bark. To which she responded, "well, can you come out on your front porch?" Seriously??? I said no and sent her on her way.
OMG. I can't believe they bugged you that late.
I also can't believe I used piece instead of peace!
I had a late night solicitor once around 8:50. Same situation, all outdoor lights off and curtains drawn. I answered with my piece in my hand.
You need a bigger dog.