Simply sitting outside and watching what goes on helps you to get more in touch with your neighborhood. I have personally gotten to know what cars or bikes belong to who, who lives in what house. Faces will become familiar to you, and you will become a familiar face (just don't sit there ALL day, or people will start to wonder about you).
For this how-to guide, you will need:
-The space just beyond your front door
-A chair if you want, but not necessary
This is an item on the Neighbors Project Neighbors Checklist.
Step 1: Do the Things You Do.
Step 2: Socialize, and Enjoy the Happenings.
I have learned that you can probably see more interesting things happening from your front stoop than on your TV or YouTube. This especially holds true on a Friday or Saturday night when the passer-bys are students wandering up from the corner bar and have definitely had a few or more, and even more fun when they are being wheeled up the hill in a shopping cart. But seriously, sitting on your front stoop can make for great stories later on; better than the ones that come from sitting in your lonely living room.