Random Objects And What They Tell Me About My Neighbours

Ah Yes, The Neighbours

I am going for a walk today as the sun is shining and I want to get some fresh air. Exercise is a good thing too!

I take my camera with me on the walk. I decide to stroll around my neighbourhood, which is mainly comprised of quaint family homes and apartment buildings. While the area is not a millionaire's dream it is also not the worst neighbourhood here in Victoria, BC, Canada.

My walk takes about 30 minutes and along the way I spot many random objects. I photograph the items as they seemed slightly out of place and also lead me to various conclusions about my neighbours.

Come along with me on my walk.

Graffiti.
Graffiti. | Source

See This

The first photo I take is of a hydro pole with some strange markings on the side of it... No, wait, I believe that is called graffiti. A red and blue sticker is embedded amongst the graffiti.

Really? In a quiet neighbourhood like this, there is not a lot of graffiti.

I make a few conclusions:

1) I have a neighbour who is learning the alphabet and chose to experiment with word patterns on the hydro pole here.

2) A person who is soon to be named the next Picasso at a huge arts festival stopped by my neighbourhood to autograph the pole.

3) The person who spray painted the pole was only trying to help the sticker look better on the pole as it was an eye-sore without the graffiti being attached. The person was actually trying to beautify the neighbourhood.

4) Someone had a can of spray paint and wanted to make his or her mark on the area. Hey, we may have a winner here!

Soldier related.
Soldier related. | Source

Finger This

The walk continues. Keep up with me, I don't walk that fast.

Random object number two soon appears on the pavement in front of me. A grey wool glove.

Remember, it is a sunny day here today. As well, it is Spring.

Not only is the material too warm to wear here in mild Victoria, but it is also embossed with a Christmas design. Let me explain as well that the glove is on its own without a mate, which makes the glove highly useless to wear even if you wanted to!

Oh and there is one finger missing on the glove! What the...

Here are my deductions:

1) A person who was severely wounded in war (a brave soldier!) wore this glove. He or she lost a finger while defending my country. I should have picked up the glove and found the owner to offer thanks for being such a wonderful soldier.

2) My neighbour who owns the glove is looking high and low around his or her house right now for the missing item. Behind the couch, in the pockets of coats, behind the dumpster...

3) I have no idea why this random glove is on the pavement in front of me.

Creepy?
Creepy? | Source

How Creepy Is This

Ah yes, the random encounters. They do continue.

The next object sits nestled at the base of a tree in a front yard to my left-hand side. The object is in the photo to the right-hand side of this text.

Left and right, right and left.. got it?!

It looks to be a paper cut-out meant to be a child's item. Not exactly what I would expect to see along my walk. No one is in the yard.

I deduce:

1) My neighbours are trying to scare me with this creepy graphic.

2) A child must be playing somewhere nearby without a thought for the cut-out at all. Perhaps the family purchased a Wii gaming system around the same time that the cut-out was abandoned on the front lawn.

3) I have no clue why this figure is here.

Box. Free. Stuff.
Box. Free. Stuff. | Source

Box This

A box of "stuff" at the edge of a lawn on a side street is the next object I see.

I think, hey free stuff! Then I think,

1) My neighbours may have mice and have hidden them under the boxed objects to scare me. Perhaps I am in the midst of the television show Punk'd, which is a hidden camera show that plays pranks on people. I look around for the hidden cameras. I do not see any.

2) My neighbours have really dull taste. Really people, there are no bright colours in sight here.

3) My neighbours need to unload some junk and figured that if they put the box of random items at the edge of the lawn someone would take the box off their hands. Well folks, I am not that person today!

All Of This

My eyes are full of the random sights and back to my home I do go.

I could not have foreseen the diverse objects that I met along my walk today. I have learned much about my neighbours. I hope you have enjoyed the walk as well.

Happy walks to you, and remember to take your camera with you!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Mary, LOL I wonder if your neighbours see you :) New treasures indeed


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Cute! I'm always looking at what my neighbors put on the curb for trash pickup. Sometimes when no one is looking I pick through their stuff to see if there is anything there I can use!

One man's trash is another man's treasure, you know.

I voted this UP


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Millionaire, hehe you are sooo right! I like to people watch and my neighbours get included in that :)

@Carol, Thanks, I was so busy watching my neighbours during my walk that I had to write about it!

@Peanutritious, hehe I tried to have some fun with my walk, and glad you enjoyed the hub :)

@Jeannie, Ewww I can't believe people are leaving those out on the street. Some people just do not have a sense of hygiene.. thanks for stopping by and having fun with me on the walk!

@Barbergirl, LOL that's an awesome idea! Let me know what happens if you do set up the gnomes. I am curious if your neighbours would be talking amongst themselves about the ornaments :) You're welcome to walk with me any day!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

It is fun to make up stories and try to decipher why some of the things are as they are. I'm sure they all have good boring reasons, but the made up stories are so much more fun!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have never thought about random objects in a neighborhood...Now I will probably notice everything I see and make a story up about the people who live there. Interesting hub. I love when I read something that I had never thought about.


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

This is a great idea! It is fascinating looking at objects lying around. I love your options about how the objects got there.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Lately I've been coming across a lot of used, personal items that should probably be thrown away in a toilet or bathroom trash cans. All I can say is, wow, those plastic tampon applicators really do not disintegrate. Thanks for sharing! Fun hub!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

This is so funny... now I want to walk around my neighborhood and really look. After all, I always see the random stuff, but I just never pay attention to it.

Now, you have also inspired something else here. I think I am going to see if my neighbors or paying attention. I am going to get a garden gnome and I am going to randomly place it in my yard. The next day - I will add a zombie garden gnome... and then the day after, just have to zombie garden gnomes. I am sure none of my neighbors will approach me on this, but maybe someone is out there in my neighborhood doing what you just did on your walk and it will entertain them!

Great hub - loved it... thanks for taking me on a walk with you!:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hehe thanks emilybee. I like your upbeat spirit :) Have fun on your walk too, let me know how your own neighbours compare!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

I'm happy I made you laugh Felina! I had fun taking the walk, and I am thinking of also taking my camera with me on future adventures :)


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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

Nice one Cristy, gee you made me laugh. I collect photo's of graffiti and carry a camera wherever I go. A hobby inherited from my mother and artist in her own right. Thanks for sharing F.


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emilybee 4 years ago

I like this hub a lot, it inspired me, too! Next time I take a walk I am bringing my camera, we will see what conclusions I make about my neighbors :-) Voted up.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Awe, thanks Sunshine for stopping by to mention about your walk! I am happy that you find my hub memorable :) Okay I will take my camera on my next walk again and see what happens! Take care


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I thought about this hub during my 30 minute walk this morning. I found nothing as exciting as your finds. I really think you should make it a series, you never know what you might discover;)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Helena! Inquiring minds do want to know...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hehe your comment has me laughing :) I think I will be okay LOL


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Kiwi Max 4 years ago from New Zealand

haha, a very entertaining hub.

I'm a little worried for you Christy ;)


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Helena Ricketts 4 years ago from Indiana

For some reason where I live it is common to see a single shoe either in the street or on the side of the road. I am glad to see I'm not the only person who wonders WHERE these kind of things come from. Great story! I really enjoyed it. :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Vicki, I appreciate that!


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vicki goodwin 4 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

Great hub and great guessing on the mystery items. I thought it was a very clever hub.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Awe, thank-you Sunshine. I'm glad you laughed along the walk with me :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hehe, Lee, I am laughing as I read your comment here. Yikes that creepy cut out could get the best of me yet! Thank-you for your compliments. So nice to hear the positive feedback!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Movie Master!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

What an exciting walk you had! I see a series of hubs written by you about interesting items you discover! Very funny!!!:)


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Christy your Hubs (all your writing for that matter) are as delightful as the sunshine on your walk. I think it is amazing what we might conclude from our surroundings. I take my camera everywhere as well and oh the things I capture is phenomenal. Loved this Hub. Great job and don't let that "Creepy cut out" sneak up on you in the middle of the night......LOL I voted Up all across. Lee


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Christy, what a fun and original walk and hub, I loved reading this!

Thank you and voted up.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Awe, thanks PhotoTljn7!


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PhotoTljn7 4 years ago from United States

Christy this was a great taking a walk story... I enjoyed it!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

An alligator, wow! Thanks teaches for stopping by and so glad you liked the hub :) Keep on walking!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks Marc, yes the possibilities are endless! I will get to the water soon, be patient my friend :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I so enjoyed your walk through the neighborhood. Since we live in the south(way south),we usually see different kinds of wildlife as we walk in our neighborhood. The most interesting was an alligator. Thanks for sharing your adventure and the amusing items you found.


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Great post, Christy! It is amazing what a camera, a sunny day and a walk can conjure, isn't it? Now, where's that ocean?

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