Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Horrible, Heinous Hump Day Admission

I'm nosy.

It's true. I am. *bites knuckle* (Apparently I'm also melodramatic.)

Sorry, but I can't help it. I was born with a healthy HUGE amount of curiosity.

If you have a secret, I want to know it.

If you leave your journal lying around unlocked, I'll assume you meant to share it with me. (Hmm. I may even assume you meant to share it with me if the lock is too easy to pick.)

If you leave your blinds open, odds are I'll peek in. (From the sidewalk, as I walk past your house on an evening stroll. Come on -- I may be nosy but I'm not a total perv.)

In fact, houses/apartments are some of the things I'm the most curious about. I love seeing how and where people live. It's probably why the TV show House Hunters is one of my favorites, even though TG assures me it's actually quite boring.

But I don't care if it's boring. I get to see inside all those lovely, weird, tacky, gorgeous, mediocre, wonderful homes! That's the important thing.

The ones that still have furniture in them are the best. Antiques are nice, but big & ugly is more fun. And, oooh, when they open the closets -- Snoop Heaven!


I've done it now, haven't I? You're afraid to ever have me over, aren't you?

Look, it's not like I go rummaging through my friends' houses. Honest. Heck, I don't even check the medicine cabinet when I use their restrooms, because, seriously, somebody might've booby-trapped it with marbles.*cough* Um, I mean, because that would be an invasion of privacy and very, very ... what's that word I'm looking for? Oh, yeah. Wrong. It would be wrong, and that's why I don't do it. 

So, how about you? Are you nosy, too? Or are you boringly disinterested in the lives of ... uh, do you respect the privacy of others?

And if you really wanna make my day, tell me a secret. ;-)

P.S. Isn't that the most AWESOME camel pic ever?


Kimberly Sabatini said...

Love House Hunters too! I think writers are people watchers by nature, so really it's part of the job. We couldn't write good books without it, right? :o)

My secret...just spilled one on my blog today.

Michele Shaw said...

Yes, best camel pic ever! I am totally nosy. Heck, Linda, I'm a writer! It's a job requirement, isn't it? Hmm, secrets. I'm on my last day of vacation and brain dead from exhaustion. If I think of one when I get home I'll let you know:) Aren't vacations supposed to rejuvenate you?

Sarah Tokeley said...

Of course I'm nosy. How else would I learn the things that people seem to think I shouldn't know? ;-)

That camel picture rocks!

Adriana said...

That camel is adorable!

Now, secrets, let's see... A few years ago I knew the email password of a guy I had a crush on -- but in my defense, his password was his first name! I mean come on, he was practically inviting me to read his emails... So I did, for a while :)) Only the ones he'd already read, of course :) There.

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Jessica Lemmon said...

Agreed. Cutest camel pic *ever!*

I am nosy but try to be cavalier about it. But yes, if there's trouble a-brewin' I always want to hear what happened.

Oh - and once, my Dad had a big party (bonfire/pig roast not champagne/caviar) and he loaded the medicine cabinet with things like motor oil, sardines and cassette tapes. He said he couldn't be sure who looked, but a few people left the restroom rather wide-eyed...

Linda G. said...

K-pop -- I think you're right. Writers have to be good observers. (At least, that's the story I'm sticking with.)

Michele -- Yup. Totally a job requirement. And I always need at least a week to recover from a good vacation. ;)

Sarah -- Very good point. *grin*

Adriana -- Inviting? Heck, he was practically begging you to read his email! Though you were smart to only read the ones he's already read. These things require subtlety. ;)

Jessica -- LOL! Your dad is too funny. Love it!

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

oh my gosh--YES. I LOVE getting glimpses into people's houses!! I love to see how they design and the layouts and how they live. I get SO curious!

Alas, I don't have any secrets to share today... but if I think of one I'll come back :)

Trisha Leigh said...

I seriously can't imagine starting my Wednesday without a camel pic now, so thank you for that.

I am very, very nosy and I assume that I should know everything that is going on, all the time. I also can't keep my own secrets to save my life. If someone else tells me a secret and says (specifically) DON'T TELL then I won't.

But what about when the secret is mine AND someone elses? Those are the best kind...and kill me to keep.

Elizabeth Poole said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I just had an idea for a guy character who has a loose definition of other people's privacy. But he's not a bad person, and I was struggling with how to articulate how he can be in someone else's (namely the FMC) business, but not a stalker.

But this is it right here. He's nosy. He likes to butt his nose into other people's business. The awesome thing is your commenter Jessica Lemmon also gave me some ideas of what the FMC can do to retaliate. Sardines indeed!

Personally, I am curious. I am too scared of getting caught to really look at things I shouldn't be, but the urge to look is there. :D

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I love the word heinous. It's one of the best words in the English language. So cool that you used it in your post title!

Linda G. said...

Sara -- Cool! I'm not alone in my house nosiness. :)

Trisha -- You're welcome. I only hope I can keep finding fresh camels. And, yes, I would NEVER divulge anything somebody has asked me to keep secret. TBH, I'd rather learn someone else's secret than share any I know, anyway. ;)

Elizabeth -- Yay! Glad Visiting Reality could provide a writerly public service today. :)

Karen G -- I like it too. Plus, I may be little overly fond of alliteration.

Carol Kilgore said...

Sisters, we are - just with different parents. Love HH - and for many of the same reasons. In another life I was a Realtor - again for the same reasons. N.O.S.Y. Marbles! I'll be very careful next time. And go buy a bag for myself :)

abby mumford said...

in theory i am nosy, but in reality, i'm far too straitlaced (dang guilty conscience) to do much snooping. plus, i love surprises so why go searching through my parents' closets for christmas presents?

in high school, i used to write notes in code in case it ever fell into the wrong hands. however, the codes were often difficult and so the friend and i would have a hard time deciphering our own notes. we outsmarted even ourselves. whoops.

Patsy said...

I am not at all nosy.

OK, I do look at stuff and listen in on conversations but that's not because I'm nosy. Oh no. It's because I'm a writer and I have to do research. A lot of research.

Linda G. said...

Carole -- Think back. Did you see any tall, gangly, Twiggy-ish girls lurking around your house? Maybe we ARE sisters. ;) (I, um, outgrew the Twiggy-ishness. But I'm still tall.)

Abby -- LOL! Oh, there's a part of my book you are sooo going to relate to. ;)

Patsy -- Ha! I can tell you're a writer by the way you put the just the right spin on that. ;)

Linda G. said...

Um, sorry about that "e", Carol. It got away from me.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Why no, I'm not nosy. Neither are you. None of us are. We just CARE about other people, get it?

Fun post, and yeah, that's an awesome camel picture. You can really find 'em, lady.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I don't think I'm all that nosy. I don't ask a lot of questions or peek in people's closets or snoop that much.

'Cause I think it's more fun to make it up! Why peek in the medicine cabinet when you can amuse yourself by imagining the shocking things inside? :D

Geoffrey Cubbage said...

I'm calling Photoshop! No real camel is that adorable up close.

Jeffe Kennedy said...

A friend of mine, who I just love, called it Caveat Non-Drape-Puller. 'Nough said.

Al said...

It is an amazing camel pic.

If I told you it wouldn't be a secret any more!

Bess Weatherby said...

Haha! That camel is awesome!

I live on the first floor, so I'm often the victim of nosy people looking through the window. Like livingin a fishbowl! This would be fine excpe tthat, unfortunately, I'm also the victim of CREEPY people.

You, I'm sure, are the former.

And I'm still nosy, too ;)

Unknown said...

LOL, yeah that pic is great. Tell me, where do you get so many pictures of camels??????

And you wouldn't want to live here, where I live. You'd have to spy on my hens or dogs due to the lack of near neighbors, ha!

Kelly Breakey said...

I adore house hunters as well. But iy always pisses me off when they buy the wrong house AKA the one I liked. I'm not nosy, or at least I don't think I am. I have never read anyone's diary. And you want a secret? and the Captain both enjoy the art of a dirty text message. Hey! We're married. It's totally okay.