a beautiful day in This neighborhod.

Most people:
Hello new neighbors! *insert general nicety/comment about the weather* Oh, I see you have a new puppy. I acknowledge, coo appropriately and continue loading into our new home.

Hello new neighbors! *shuffle past with box, sweating from heat, exertion and the knowledge that you are wearing pj shorts* NEW PUPPYZ! I acknowledge, coo appropriately, we speak briefly about pitbulls being charming dogs which then I take as an invitation to pet the puppy. Find, however that I don’t feel comfortable taking that step forward into your space. Still want to pet puppy. Neighbor and neighbor’s boyfriend (also neighbor) have conversation. Still here. Still want puppy. Suddenly realize it’s been five minutes and all visual cues being sent have been ignored. Run.