In this fusion of autoethnography and phenomenological description, I explicate my experiences as a door-to-door social welfare advocate for the Maine People's Alliance. Examining my lived experiences of being a stranger in the midst of facing other strangers in their homes, I reflect on the collaborative constitution of strangerdom. I also recount the possibilities of transcendence through dialogic negotiations and attempts at dismantling this threshold of unfamiliarity. I argue that autoethnographic inquiries that include portrayals of unknown others are productively informed by the descriptive richness of phenomenological variations.

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