Mystery Neighbor, What's Going On Over There?
Heard But Not Seen
I am a rather private person. I like to go home and not be bothered; socializing with my neighbors has never been a top priority. Even if I don't want to be buddies with my neighbors, it can be reassuring to know they exist. I live by myself in a large apartment building, and to be perfectly frank, it is nice to know should an emergency arise, there are others around that can help if necessary. When I see my neighbors, I smile and nod. If I am feeling generous, I might even say, "Hello" or "Good morning." I recognize them and they recognize me. We are not best friends, we don't borrow sugar from each other when baking, and that is all just fine. However, sometimes there are unseen neighbors that exist. You know they must exist... yet you never see them. They are your mystery neighbors.
Mystery neighbors are always the most mysterious when you live or work in close quarters with them. It is actually kind of unsettling when you live in an apartment building because you live so close to them, yet never see them. For instance, I see evidence that someone lives in the apartment next to me. I see flyers removed from the door. I see newspapers come and go. I've even heard a hair dryer going in that apartment a time or two when walking by. Lately, this neighbor has also decided to take advantage of the balcony and I constantly hear the door slamming. I sometimes run to see my mystery neighbor by looking out the window, but no, always too late! Who are you mystery neighbor? What is going on over there?
Theories About My Mystery Neighbor
I've tried to determine what is going on in the next apartment. The slamming balcony door is ever so annoying. I can also occasionally smell cigarette smoke. So basically, I've figured out a few things about my mystery neighbor: smoker, balcony fan, awake at weird hours. Oh, did I mention that? The balcony door slams all the time at around 2 AM and then 4 AM and perhaps 6 AM. Thanks, mystery neighbor! The last neighbor never slammed the door. He was quite nice and seemed normal. However, you are up at all hours and slamming doors. I never hear talking, so partying is not happening. You apparently don't have company. Mystery neighbor, what is going on over there?
Since I apparently have way too much time on my hands to ponder this mystery, I've come up with a list of potential jobs my new neighbor may have:
- Secret Service Agent
- FBI Agent
- Unemployed Insomniac
- Crazed Creative Genius
OK, so maybe these items are not likely to be true. My neighbor is probably just some dude that goes to work everyday, has problems sleeping, and smokes too much on the balcony. My guess would also be that the balcony door obviously does not work correctly since it requires a giant SLAM every time it is used, but still, you never know!
The Mystery Co-Worker
While we are on the topic of mystery neighbors, let's talk about the co-worker in the next cubicle at work and you have no idea what the person actually does. I don't care where you work, there is always at least one co-worker that appears extremely busy, yet no one knows what is going on in that cubicle. If you ask that co-worker what he does, you still never know.
The conversation usually goes like this:
"Hey, Bob, what have you been up to today?"
"Oh, I've been reporting on that project Ken is interested in doing."
"Oh, I wasn't aware Ken was working on a new project."
"It is something he is considering."
"Is it hard work? I mean, the reporting... or is it research?"
"Oh, something like that."
"Something like what?"
"Oh, my phone is ringing. Talk to you later."
What is Bob doing over there all day? What goes on in that cubicle? Does Bob really report to anyone? Does he actually work at the office or does he just show up? Is anyone paying him? What is going on over in that cubicle!
Aside from the mystery of the co-worker that works, yet no one knows what he is doing, he always has some important sounding title that means nothing. It is usually something like, "Subjective Testing and Reporting Technical Assistant" or something. What does any of that mean? There are so many mysteries out there!
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What Does This Mean?
So what am I getting at with all of this? Honestly, that is a mystery, too. I suppose I am just trying to say there are many mysteries all around us everyday. Don't ever just assume you know your neighbors. After all, it is always "the quiet ones" you have to worry about, right?
The next time you are bored, take some time to think about those around you. I'll bet you've got some mystery neighbors and mystery co-workers, too. Perhaps we should all take more time to get to know our neighbors better. Maybe I should just knock on the door and say, "Hello." Nah. It is way more fun just assuming a Secret Service Agent lives next door.
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