Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Neighborhood Watch Member or Nosey Neighbors?

Yesterday evening as a proceeded to move my garbage and recycling cans to the curb, I ran into my neighbors (I'll call them Bob and Betty) that live two doors down. Mind you this was probably not the time for me to meet my neighbors (yes, I have lived here for two years and no, I had not met them before) since I had not showered for the day and had a scarf on my head. The only neighbors that I have met live on the other side of me. And since our conversations are always about something crazy they have done (their dog jumping the fence into my back yard, their guests parking in front of my driveway, and the list goes on) I'm certain they wish that they hadn't met me. Any who, back to Bob and Betty.

Bob and Betty jump right in to tell me that they thought I had moved since they hadn't seen me in a while (don't forget that I've NEVER seen them!). They also tell me about the family that lives in between us and that they 'think' the family might have moved since Bob and Betty saw a moving truck. This leads into them explaining that the family was renting the house and that they wanted to move closer to their daughter's school. Also the owner of the house actually lives in California so maybe now the owner is going to move here.

(At this point I am having a flash back to the people that used to own that house...prior to their leaving they gave me the low down on ALL of the neighbors. And if I remember correctly, I believe that possibly Bob and Betty aren't married but have children together. Ok, I guess that's neither here nor there, but it does set a trend for nosey neighbors!)

Being the good neighbors Bob and Betty are, they had threw away the flyer's that were left on my door (now this I had noticed since when I arrived home from my last assignment there weren't any flyer's on the door). About this time, I am beginning to think 'Hmmm, Bob and Betty are a little too observant of my comings and goings' and then they mention they are members of the Neighborhood Watch Program (and not vouyers).

So now I wonder if being a member of the Neighborhood Watch Program is just an avenue to legitimately be a nosey neighbor and have reason to know all of the neighborhood happenings? Or are Bob and Betty just really nice neighbors (they did offer to check my mail when I am out of town and that their daughter does house sitting) that are interested in keeping the neighborhood a safe place (and possibly make my life easier)? I don't know. But I do know that I will be keeping an eye on Bob and Betty!


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