It all comes back to that story. Eric and Lisa Jensen had just started farming Booker Vineyard back in 2005 or so… and Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery nextdoor came to be a good friend and mentor. He would call up the winery and well you all know the tale: “Eric... it’s your favorite neighbor!”
I find a comfort in the tactile nature of the tin-can telephone. It suggests an immediacy. A requirement for tangible proximity. You can’t very well call up your friend on a tin can if you’re not pretty close by. And with the all-too-easy access to so-called relationships over text message and Snapchat and Instagram, I sense a longing for a connection more intimate.
Who’s house do you want to show up at, at a momentary whim, to share an evening and maybe a great bottle of wine? Your favorite neighbor? How many of those do we have, anyway?
We know who they are. And they’re pretty special.