That's good Seattle Socializing.
There's also the "Seattle Call for Help", when you post on Facebook or whatever that you'd love if people could come over and help out, have a big apple-picking party or whatever. Lots of people respond with maybes. At the last minute you cancel and say you took care of it yourself, and offer effusive gratitude for all the people who offered help.
Because knowing that people might possibly show up to help you is better than having to actually be with them.