Sounds pretty great, right? It is. And if you are not an asshole, like myself, and live in the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed- Stuy, or Prospect Heights area, you should join here.
|That is actually my baby's face- bottom, 3rd from left. I totally suck.|
Groceries in Brooklyn are ridiculously expensive- and I have a baby. These two points alone should make me beat the doors down to join. Also, I know a lot of the people who worked hard to bring this about- and they are really lovely. But I haven't joined yet. Why? Could it be that 2 measly hours of work every 4 weeks is enough to deter me? Well, yes, sort of. But it's more than that.
I'm in the service industry. It's an industry that I love, it really is. And I am really good at it- making people feel welcome and taken care of. But when you work with the public- day in and day out for 20 years, like I have- inevitably something happens. You begin to have a lower tolerance for chit-chat. I mean, I basically get paid to be nice to people. It's exhausting. My days off are basically quiet zones, spent communicating only in baby talk with my child. I like it that way. The thought of committing those 2 extra hours a month to "building community" makes me want to stab myself in the face.
It sounds terrible- and it is. I may actually be a bad person. But I'm just being honest. I might have been able to work through all of these feelings, had I not witnessed the live-tweeting of a neighboring co-op's monthly meeting last night. There is no way in hell- no way in hell- that I have the patience to sit through something like this. I can't. I just can't.
Chadwick Matlin, a Reuters Opinion Editor and co-op member, live tweeted the meeting. He also sealed my fate of eternally buying expensive groceries, in a non-community building environment. Here are the tweets in all of their glory. This guy is a genius. I left some out because I got really sick of taking screen shots. You can see the full tweet-script here.