Quite a few years ago I was walking down the high street with a friend and he pointed out a man on the other side of the road, explaining that he used to play rugby with him. He was quite distinctive in the fact that he was very tall and well-built, sporting neat dreadlocks and had quite broad facial features. He instantly reminded me of a member of the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ rugby team.
Since that moment, this man has appeared in my life frequently. He and his partner lived around the corner from our old house and he would leave his property at the same time every morning, so we often drove past him on the way to work. A few years ago he started to leave the house with a small child in tow, and then a little while later a second child followed.
When The Bloke and I made the decision to move house we booked a viewing for a property, and lo and behold this man and his partner turned up at the same time to look at the same house. We started talking and I made a joke about the amount of times we’ve seen him over the years, which quite understandably freaked him out a little. Neither of us liked the house, but I swapped numbers with his partner as they told us that their house would soon be vacant.
A little while later she contacted me to inform me that they’d found a property and she offered us the chance to have a look round their house before it went on the renting market. We did, thought it was lovely but a bit too small and left it at that.
Seven months later, after viewing quite a few properties, we found a house that we liked and moved in. The day after, I walked to the local shop to get some food, and who should be walking up the street? The same man. He said hello in a rather awkward fashion and continued on his way. The next day, I bumped into him again, this time as he went for a run. A week ago he was walking past our house. Today, he was walking past the local pub.
It turns out that we rented a house that is on the next road to his. It’s literally so close that I can see it from my own.
Poor guy – the situation is embarrassing now and every time I see him I want to stop him and explain that I’m not a stalker, but I fear that would make matters so much worse!
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