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  •  What is "creepy" about it? (6+ / 0-)

    I get that you're offended by the tone and as the saying goes, one gets more flies with honey than vinegar.

    But, leaving a note about a condition that is viewable from the street - there's nothing objective creepy about it.

    Nothing particularly cowardly, either.  A face to face discussion could be more confrontational and leaving a note gives the other person time to reflect on it, if they so choose.

    The only potential legal issue is leaving something in a mailbox.  A letter mailed without a return address would do the trick without that problem.

    •  There was stupidity here, but it was the diarist's (3+ / 0-)
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      method of communicating with his neighbor.  If the diarist wants to change the thinking about the impact of our personal choices on the environment, I do not share your belief that leaving an anonymous critical note is the most honorable and civil and effective way of doing so.  

      Man up.  Go over and introduce yourself, bring a coffee cake.  Invite them over, show them your happy home lit entirely with CFLs or LEDs, give them a few as a gift in a gift basket.  

      If you act like a know it all, if you assume the same tone in person as in the anonymous note  "Turn off your stupid lights", it IS confrontational and rude.  The diarist agrees that he is "overstepping my boundary" but tries to justify it by saying "Don't be offended" because the diarist believes he has a greater cause.   Really, the diarist got it wrong in his note, he wrote "Yes, I may have overstepped my boundary" but what he really meant was "Yes I may have overstepped your boundary, but don't get offended, and I don't care."  

      I applaud the environmental intent, I share his concerns and beliefs, but I am ashamed that the diarist chose to self-righteously step on a neighbor to make him point.  This reminds me of the video of the straight adult male gay ally who drove to a ChickAFil window and harangued the young minimum wage female worker on how horrible she was for "being anti-gay."  .  I was ashamed when I saw that video as I am now with this diary.  We need to be better than this.

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:44:54 PM PST

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