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April 5, 2009 @ 9:00 am

Uh-Oh! This is Me!

funny-pictures-nosy-neighbor-kitten-is-spying-on-you2For reasons I’ll get into some other time, my computer is on my dining room table right now and not in my office, where it belongs.  The window that is behind me as I sit and work on the computer looks out over the parking lot in front of my apartment, and at the building across from mine.

I can’t seem to resist the temptation to be like Gladys Kravitz and turn to peer out the window every time I hear a noise.  Afterward, I wonder if the neighbors have noticed me peeking out.

I’ve lived in my apartment for nine years now.  In that time, I believe I have had seven different next-door neighbors.

I remind myself of Lucy and Ethel when they would look out the window with binoculars and critique the furniture of the new neighbors who were moving in.  I don’t actually critique their furniture, though.  I just try to figure out which person or people of the moving party is going to be my neighbor and I try to figure out “their story”.  Must be the writer in me, wanting to flesh out the characters.  It’s interesting, though.  Cheap entertainment.

I don’t know much about my newest neighbors.  We’ve not actually run into each other yet.  Their couch and love seat looked comfy, though.

What’s funny is that, other than when new people are moving in, despite my peeking out the window when I hear sounds, I’m not really all that interested in the neighbors’ lives or their comings and goings.  I just want to know what caused the sound I heard.  I like to say “Hello” and then go about my business.  I don’t encourage anyone to come knocking on my door or any friendships to develop.  I’m pretty much a hermit when I’m home, and I like my privacy.

Yet I’m still a Gladys Kravitz . . . gotta know where that sound came from.

One Comment

  1. Comment by davidrochester:

    I don’t know my neighbors, either … though I do peep at them when they move. I think it’s a universal form of nosiness.

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