Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Stakeout

The man sat in front of our house in a non-descript American made car, slung low and peering out of the windshield over a newspaper at a house down the street. He definitely looked like he was on a stakeout. Though my knowledge of what a stakeout looked like was based solely on every cop show and movie I’ve seen.

I pointed the guy out to WonderWife™ with a “psst” and a nod in his direction. “What do ya think that guy’s doing just sitting there?”

WonderWife™ thought this was curious indeed. People come and go all of the time to my next door neighbor’s house, but never had any of them parked on the street and hunkered down as if they were going to be there for a while. So we kept an eye on him.

A little later, we noticed that the man had moved the car across the street as we returned from the grocery store. He was still sitting there reading the same newspaper, same stakeout stance.

“I’m going to find out what he’s doing here,” said WW™ as she started across the street.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” I said. “What if he’s really a cop on a stakeout or something like that? Don't get involved.” I said this with the knowledge that WonderWife™ can sometimes be a little brash in her confrontations. Like the time she angrily told a woman who had rung our bell one evening to pretty much fuck off, only to later realize the woman was innocently trying to let us know about a crime that had been committed a few streets away.

“I don’t want some weird guy to be hanging around here. Our children are playing outside!” I could not argue against this statement. And with that she strode across the street to his car.

I finished unloading the car and went inside with the kids. A few minutes later, WW™ returned looking a bit ashen.

“So?” I said.

“You know that guy that lives down the street that I don’t like?”

“Yeah,” I said conjuring up the image of our horrible neighbor who likes to insult you and pretend that he was only making a joke.

“It’s him,” she said and she sat down.

It turns out that the guy, our neighbor, suspected his wife of having an affair. The guy spun a series of lies to convince his wife that he was away, so he could try to catch her with her lover. It truly was a stakeout. I guess he'd seen the same movies I have. And WonderWife™, having confronted him was treated to the entire, uncomfortable tale as if watching an episode of Melrose Place that she couldn't turn off.


Your escalator operator said...

On the one hand: ewwww. But, on the other: cooool! I like that you can count on WW (tm) to get to the bottom of stuff like that.

SweetPeaSurry said...

Wow ... on the creep-o-meter, I'd say that ranks right up there with strange-hoodied-guy-walking-around-the-neighborhood!!! (or in our case around here, strange homeless people screaming at the top of their lungs at their invisible companions)

Nice to know what's going on ... wonder if the wife is cheating now though!!!

SciFi Dad said...

Dude, that's stupid. His wife would totally know it was him. He should have asked a neighbour to watch the house.

Not that I'd know anything about that of thing or anything.

Juggling Eric said...

he needs to get advice from Tiger Wood's wife on how to find out..

ZenMom said...

1) WW has brass balls and I bow to her bravada.

2) Your neighbor is an idiot.

3) Good story. :)

James (SeattleDad) said...

Ha. I love WW already.

And the big question...Did he catch her in the affair?

Rachel and Julia said...

Good thing you weren't the one banging his wife.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Now I'm wondering if he caught his wife in said affair???

Can WW get the details for us please???

I thought you staked out in a room in an abandoned house across the street???

Oh well...

Daddy Geek Boy said...

No idea if the guy's wife was cheating or not. He hasn't been staking out his house. Though he hasn't been around much lately.