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Old 12-09-2012, 07:39 AM   #11
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I used to have a house in a fairly laid back neighborhood. I would always help out a neighbor so they wouldn't get upset when I ran nitro r/c trucks up and down the street. Now I live at a golf course and about half the neighbors are stuck up. The ones right close to me are great so that's good enough. Who cares if you're the black sheep, live your life brother!!! It's too short and boring otherwise

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Old 12-09-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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I live in a newer developemnet where most of them make a lot more money than I did before I retired. I was doing something with a brew one summers day,& the neighbor's wife was on a cell phone,saying "yeah,it looks like a meth lab or something". How in the world would these straights know what a meth lab looks like? Let alone smells like?? Ignorance is annoying,but no big problems yet. The cops came over once for something unrelated,& he asked about my stuff. I gave a breif description of how I brew beer with the various elemnts he could see. It's all good.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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My neighbours are actually very cool and since I´m brewing I only think I actually look cooler to them. If it were different I wouln´t care. You find a lot of different random people that will think that you are a genius or and idiot. Don´t care about been a white or black sheep I try not been a sheep.

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Old 12-09-2012, 12:16 PM   #14
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I am but brewing isn't the reason.

I guarantee I bring home double what anyone else does, I have the nicest vehicle in the area that I take care of, & I clean up the trash that gets tossed in my yard instead of adding to it...

that alone makes me stand out.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:05 PM   #15
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I used to have a house in a fairly laid back neighborhood. I would always help out a neighbor so they wouldn't get upset when I ran nitro r/c trucks up and down the street. Now I live at a golf course and about half the neighbors are stuck up. The ones right close to me are great so that's good enough. Who cares if you're the black sheep, live your life brother!!! It's too short and boring otherwise
Your situation sounds similar to mine. I really don't worry about it at all. I love this hobby too much and the people who approve outweigh the few that don't.

I find it's typically wine drinkers who don't like or understand beer. Not to mention, I have 3 kids, so I think that plays a role. I think they think I brew to get hammered and lay around all day, which is sooo far from the truth. Ironically, one of my prime motivations for brewing is that it is a social ice breaker.

If they only knew how seriously I take brewing, I think it would be ok. I don't drink until I've pitched the yeast, have a detailed step by step process and take alot of pride in what I make. It's very similar to my bbq passion It's passions like these that make life worth living. As my friend TKNice says, "to be happy, you have to have something to look forward to".
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:06 PM   #17
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I don't talk to my neighbors unless I have to. I don't even like having neighbors, but that's the price you pay for living in town.

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:14 PM   #18
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I actually am very involved in my neighbor hood. I love being out here and wouldnt change it for the world

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It's the opposite from me. I'm definitely the weird guy on the block, and I like it that way. Last weekend I was brewing, I had 2 random neighbors stop by and check things out and ask lots of questions, and another random lady on a bike wave good morning as she drove by asking if i was brewing again. I think as long as I am handing out delicious beers and they all keep bringing me delicious bbq, we'll get along just fine.

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Whether I'm up at 5am with the smoker or outside all day with the mysterious 'large pot' or setting up what looks like strange 'clothesline', my neighbors really don't care anymore. They were curious when I first moved in, now, they just wave...

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