We all know that neighbors don't always know each other these days. And sometimes those that are acquainted do not get along.
But the folks I wonder about are the next-door neighbors who have campaign signs for rival candidates in their front yards. I pass several of these situations every day.
There are a couple of Verner/Condon sign duels and one or two Brower/Fullmer side-by-sides on my route.
What gets said about the neighbors inside those homes?
Sure, I guess I could get off my bike and undertake a little journalistic inquiry. But if I were to do that, two of the three possible outcomes are not good.
1. The people could lie.
2. They could tell the truth and the resulting coverage could turn a little low-key tension into serious hard feelings.
So I'll just hope that these neighbors are adults about this whole thing and are able to keep politics in perspective. Given the way things are these days, I realize that's wishful thinking.
But maybe I don't really need to worry. Like I said at the beginning, it could well be that these next-door neighbors are complete strangers and never talk.
I know. Odd to take comfort in that.