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what i have lost in noise, i have gained in weirdness.

so, if you've been keeping up, you know that my old neighbor AND his subwoofers moved out a few months ago. peace and quiet now reign supreme. odd behavior, however, seems to be the theme with the new folks.

the most noticeable and creepy characteristic is that sometimes they sit in their cars. outside. in the parking lot. as in, two or three separate people, sitting in two or three separate cars. with their windows down. talking to each other. i think maybe they're... smoking? loitering? staging a coup of the triplex? but why in cars? separately? outside my window?

i was leaving earlier this evening and one was sitting in a truck, the other in a car. windows down. talking to each other. i noted this and avoided eye contact because frankly, people, it's really just weird. guy in the truck started talking to me. "where ya goin'?" i glanced purposefully at the bass gig bag i was stuffing into the backseat, then back at him. "uh. practicing with a band." "oh yeah? i bet you rock it out." "i, uh... yeah. i try," wondering what universe it was that i had stepped into wherein it was perfectly normal for people to be sitting outside their apartment striking up conversations with the neighbors whilst hanging out the car window.


in other news: we're totally going to play "i can see clearly now" at our first gig.

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2005 at 10:18PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments15 Comments

Reader Comments (15)

frankly, people, it's really just weird.

glad to see you back on the blogging wagon.
Aug 30, 2005 at 08:38AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
ummm...angie called you, right? i get nervous about these things.
Aug 30, 2005 at 08:48AM | Unregistered Commenter"the guitarist"
back?? my last post was only on friday. such high standards.

angie did call. email in your inbox. don't be nervous.
Aug 30, 2005 at 09:11AM | Registered Commentermdog
Um, not to be alarmist, but I think their behavior goes beyond weird.

If someone was sitting out in front of my house, keeping track of all my comings and goings (and, no doubt, the comings and goings of the entire neighborhood), I would probably start to suspect they were planning some sort of robbery and trying to get the timing down.

But then again, if they were criminal masterminds, you'd think they'd be a little more stealth about the whole thing.
Aug 30, 2005 at 10:08AM | Unregistered Commentermeegs
or maybe they just don't have any furniture?

sitting on the floor gets old. (I should know.)
Aug 30, 2005 at 02:30PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
maybe this type of activity should be normal. it's too bad many of us never meet our neighbors, and now yours have placed themselves in a convenient location for conversation. i suggest you park your car next to theirs, roll down the window, and get to know each other.
Aug 30, 2005 at 03:30PM | Unregistered Commenterjared
actually you can pretty much hear and see when people leave, even if you don't really want to. which is to say, always. so i don't fear robbery. just awkward encounters.

jared, i think i'll call you up when they're out doing... whatever they're doing. then you can pull up and start talking to them and after awhile, just leave. no explanation. without even coming into my apartment. that would be awesome.
Aug 30, 2005 at 05:27PM | Registered Commentermdog
perhaps they are psychology grad students running an experiment to see how long this strange behavior can go on without comment.
Aug 30, 2005 at 06:13PM | Unregistered Commenterkt
ooooo. you counseling types are so sneaky.

i will only say that i seriously doubt these people are grad students. that is all.
Aug 30, 2005 at 06:22PM | Registered Commentermdog
I don't know why, but that last comment made me laugh out loud, while eating yogurt, which almost went up my nasal cavity. thanks a lot.
Aug 31, 2005 at 09:22AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
heeeyyyy, we sit/used to sit outside in the parking lot all the time at my complex (partly to watch the police cars come & go from a specific apartment's drama, partly for drinkin'/chillin'/grillin')
then again, we sat on the stoop or in chairs, not our cars.
Aug 31, 2005 at 11:05AM | Unregistered Commentermar
some people equate cars with status, so perhaps these phD students are feeling low self esteem and need to overcompensate by spending more quality time with their cars, and one another in their cars.

plus, some car seats are really comfortable.

you know, if you were me, I would just ask them why they sit in their cars all the time. that could be an amusing conversation, and bring your neighbor community a little closer to harmonious living.
Aug 31, 2005 at 12:28PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
mar - that is perfectly normal. it's the car thing that throws me.

rachel - nice hypothesis. actually, if i were me [which i am], i would ask them too... just not as quickly as you would. someday.
Aug 31, 2005 at 12:38PM | Registered Commentermdog
one word: drugs.
Aug 31, 2005 at 06:13PM | Unregistered Commenterhappyhearn
*loving this post!*
Sep 5, 2005 at 09:50PM | Unregistered Commenterlana

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