[Pdx-pm] My Freaky Neighbor

Josh Heumann perl-pm at joshheumann.com
Thu Jan 8 14:22:42 CST 2004

I have a Freaky Neighbor.  We moved into our house (my three, now four
roommates and I) about six months ago, and were told that the landlords
had worked on the house for nine months and never seen him.

A few months later, I was parking in front of his house, and he was
sitting on the porch in a lawn chair.  His was the kind of porch that was
about big enough for a lawn chair and still have room for the screen door
to open.  I said hi, in my most friendly voice, and got some sort of
short, low reply.  I retreated to my house defeated.  This was clearly a
neighbor who didn't want any neighborly relationship.  Now, I'm no Ned
Flanders or Wilson from Home Improvement, but I like to know the people
I'm living by.

A few days later, we noticed that his computer was right by a window that
faced our house, and by the light of a desk lamp, we could see him in
front of his computer at night, as well as having a good view of the desk.
 Prominently featured, sitting there, was a Perl book.  It was Simon
Cozens' Wrox book (
http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=2-1861003145-0 ).  A few days
later, we realized that there were a few more Perl books there as well.

My Freaky Neighbor, it would seem, is a Perl programmer.

My question to you, the citizens of pdx.pm, is this: How do we get someone
like my Freaky Neighbor to be more involved in the group?

DISCLAIMER: if you are my Freaky Neighbor, my most humble apologies.  If I
could get to know you a little better, I'm sure you'd be less freaky.

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