Okay, okay, okay. I finally grew some guts and took your advice.
After an afternoon of baking, I packaged up some "Ma Magee" cookies and trudged over to my new best friend's house and knocked on the door.
"Oh, can I help you?" asked my best friend when she opened the door. (I gave a sigh of relief that she hadn't recognized me from my earlier reconnaissance work).
I explained to her that I was new to the area and was trying to get to know some of my new neighbors (okay, so I'm not technically a CLOSE neighbor of hers, but didn't Jesus pose the question, "Who is my neighbor?"?)
After stating my reason for knocking on her door, she let me in!! I have now been inside my new best friend's house!
We chatted for a bit before I went in for the kill. "So, um. Maybe sometime we could kinda get coffee together..."
She agreed and gave me her number!!
And that's all I can share with you. After all, best friends have to protect each other's privacy.
This was the closest I've ever come to asking someone out on a blind date. And now I'm left agonizing over the question, "How long do I have to wait before I call her?"