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Old 10-28-2018, 01:58 PM
 
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I was thinking today of two things I really like that are rituals in the place where I moved in retirement, and wondered if anyone else has neat little things you’d share. On our island, we have a lighthouse at the northern end. It’s about a mile past the little town, with the shops, restaurants, post office, library. There is a circle drive around the lighthouse point, where you can look out over Lake Michigan, and on a clear day, see the mainland. People do their errands, then drive the extra mile to the lighthouse, go around the circle drive, then go home. The really heartwarming thing is that if somebody dies and wants to be buried on the island, the body comes back over via ferry, and the family notifies all the residents Which ferry they are on. Everyone who possibly can, meets the ferry, and drives behind as an escort while the family takes their dearly departed for one last drive around the lighthouse point.

The other little thing is that everybody waves at everybody when they pass each other in a car, on a bike, or just walking. I know other rural areas do this too, but here it’s such an art form that visitors say they automatically find themselves waving if they hear a car pass outside, while they are in their home with the curtains pulled shut.

So what nice little things do they do in your town, city, apartment building, or neighborhood block?
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:06 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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The town of Bernalillo NM, maybe 15 miles north of Albuquerque, has been doing an annual Matachines dance on San Lorenzo's day since 1693 when the town was reestablished after the end of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The dance is part religious, part myth, part commemoration, and part personal commitment. The Pueblo Revolt started on San Lorenzo's day (1680) and the town's settlers were warned just in time to escape to safety on that day. The dance has roots in Moorish Spain mixed with Indian traditions going back to Montezuma.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I live in an older downtown neighborhood near the river. One of our oldest traditions is that my neighbors and the nearby Old Town neighborhood put out luminarias or farolitos on Christmas Eve night for the city luminaria tour. Luminarias are brown paper bags weighted down with sand with a lit candle placed in the sand. These are placed a few feet apart along the edges of the sidewalks and are to guide the spirt of the Christ child to homes. This is a popular event with a steady stream of buses and private vehicles driving through the neighborhood from dusk to midnight or later. Since traffic is so heavy, a new tradition in my neighborhood is that a couple of blocks of the tour are limited to pedestrians so the neighbors can stroll down these blocks and refreshments are available.

Our neighborhood is also very popular at Halloween with hundreds of children from surrounding areas. The annual city marathon and the run for the zoo and similar events have routes that go through the neighborhood. The neighborhood association is very active. One event is a cocktail party sponsored at a different neighbor’s home each month. Another event is a Harvest Fest with children’s activities, a food truck, and a band in the park. Not a ritual but the city zoo is close enough to my house that in the early morning especially, I can hear the elephants and lions roaring. Also can hear the train whistles blowing from a mile away at the train yard on the other side of downtown.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I was thinking today of two things I really like that are rituals in the place where I moved in retirement, and wondered if anyone else has neat little things you’d share. On our island, we have a lighthouse at the northern end. It’s about a mile past the little town, with the shops, restaurants, post office, library. There is a circle drive around the lighthouse point, where you can look out over Lake Michigan, and on a clear day, see the mainland. People do their errands, then drive the extra mile to the lighthouse, go around the circle drive, then go home. The really heartwarming thing is that if somebody dies and wants to be buried on the island, the body comes back over via ferry, and the family notifies all the residents Which ferry they are on. Everyone who possibly can, meets the ferry, and drives behind as an escort while the family takes their dearly departed for one last drive around the lighthouse point.

The other little thing is that everybody waves at everybody when they pass each other in a car, on a bike, or just walking. I know other rural areas do this too, but here it’s such an art form that visitors say they automatically find themselves waving if they hear a car pass outside, while they are in their home with the curtains pulled shut.

So what nice little things do they do in your town, city, apartment building, or neighborhood block?
I think I saw exactly what you are describing. We took the ferry to visit my friend who has a summer home on the island last year. As we arrived there was an enormous crowd at the dock. We thought it was just because it was tourist season and the tourists were trying to leave. But after we docked, we watched as a casket was removed and the crowd dispersed as the hearse pulled away. We visited the lighthouse later in the week.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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So what nice little things do they do in your town, city, apartment building, or neighborhood block?


Nothing, absolutely nothing.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Very polite drivers in my area. At a four way stop sign intersection, drivers will wave others to go first. It can delay things a bit as drivers signal others to go first. It’s almost comical when you have four drivers at an intersection all signaling each other to go thru first. If you are turning left on Main Street drivers will stop and wave to you to turn in front of them.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:54 AM
 
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We enjoy ethnic dinners once a month, BYOB parties where someone opens their house with the intention of meeting new people, and there are lunch clubs, wine clubs, etc.

It's a great source of enjoyment and people meeting. We have found some wonderful friends through those and more from playing Bridge.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Being able to sit outside in the warm weather for the Christmas boat parade!
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:54 AM
 
Location: equator
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The neighbors with cars, offer rides to those without. Shopping, restaurants, events. I think that is very considerate.

We have happy hour regularly, several of us in the complex.

Many holidays with para-sailing, which is fun to watch. Halloween sees a lot of effigies being burned.
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