I've been thinking lately about what would happen if a major disaster happened here in our little bubble called Portland. One of those kind that wipes out power for weeks at a time. Could you depend on your neighbor to help you if they had the resources? Would you do the same for them if you had it?
I'm only saying this because i've noticed a significant change in social patterns in our public path crossings. To put it bluntly, people don't acknowledge people in a friendly way anymore, for the most part. My particular street in Brooklyn has had a major influx of people over the last 5 years and folks just don't talk to each other. I know that so many people move in from out of state and are different...some will be quick to admit that Oregonians are "so friendly" and that they love that. Every new citizen likes to adapt every of other part of Oregonian/Portlander lifestyle except for the social one it seems...so sad really.
All I can say is that when that tragic, shocking time comes and the only way you get news is within a mile from your location because the cellular grid and Wi-Fi is blown out from overload, you'll wish you had made friends with that guy or girl on the block that you always pass up and never make eye contact with. You can't survive weeks without the daily things we take for granted unless we work together.