As some of you may or may not know, I made a rather drastic relocation last year from Los Angeles to a wee town in western Colorado.
From a metro area of 12.9 million people to a micropolitan (not making that term up) area which has a population (in the entire county) of about 42,000. As you can expect one might be in for a bit of a culture shock.
Thus, I tend to get bored.
So what does a big city girl do for entertainment in a rather remote one horse town? <crickets> yeah, no idea here either.. but one thing I do do is expand upon a little game I have played all my life: “Characterization.”
Now in my ‘hood in LA I was in an apartment in the middle of other apartments built around a few houses that are standing their ground much like Carl Fredrickson did in Up. We had me: I called myself Switzerland since I was neutral to the warring states of:
Shaker One: my lovely upstairs neighbor, friend and martini blog partner (I’m Shaker Two.. and the blog is The Red Shaker.. the Shaker Girls.. get it?)
and The Nut in the Nut Hut. He was a rather “unbalanced” creature who lived in the back end of the house next door to us that ranted and railed against anyone and everything.
Shaker One and I would share gossip about The Nut and The Nut would catch me watering plants on my patio and tell me how he had been wronged and ask why everyone was mad at him.
It was a small cast without a ton of drama since Shaker One and I usually had much more interesting things going on, though The Nut provided some fun conversation over cocktails from time to time.
Then I change locations to TinyVille. Since I don’t have much else going on outside my work, which is in the house on my computer, I have WAY more time to create scenarios and watch all the drama unfold. So I have a NEW cast of characters:
City Girl: that’s me. A foodie, type A world traveler who now lives in a place time pretty much forgot.
Gollum (aka The Stalker): An 89 year old woman who is obsessed with The Geezer. She calls a number of times each day and seems to feel there is something WAY stronger than her imagined romantic relationship with him.. it is a bond so much deeper.
The “Girlfriend”: who lives in another town that dad enjoys spending time with. They have known each other since their late teens and now are enjoying being able to spend more time together.
Shadow: our comic relief animal character with separation issues who is attached to City Girl
Jack: long suffering feline who has moved with City Girl to 4 states now.
Now, as you can imagine, with this little love triangle going on – and the fact that The Geezer usually puts his phone calls with Gollum on speaker phone and I can hear it upstairs in my room – there is a decent amount of entertainment value to be had.
Gollum rails against his conversing with The Girlfriend and wants to know why he doesn’t want to spend more time with her and how his evil daughter has taken him away. The Geezer kind of glazes over it all since he just hasn’t gathered the energy to deal with it. The Girlfriend couldn’t care less about Gollum other than her stalkerish behavior on a number of occasions and City Girl keeps trying to talk The Geezer into cutting ties with Gollum, especially after they had a run-in last summer.
It’s not much, but it keeps me slightly amused for now.
So am I the only one who does this or do you have neighbors and friends that you see as characters in your life? If you had to assign character names to people, what would they be?