Empty Days

Saturday, March 27, 2004



I have wild imagination sometimes but who knows.

I have these neighbours who moved in next-door last summer. Very nice couple with young children. French-speaking arabs. About two months ago the wife+kids disappeared (well, moved somewhere else, and not through any divorce thing, far from it). So now the hubby is alone and he is constantly having guys over - friends, obviously. But they're quiet - maybe they're geeks or something. And they listen to short-wave radio a lot, in arab of course and I don't understand a word but it's probably short-wave because they have it loud and they're often losing the station.

Either way, this being post-9/11, I do think sometimes that, yeah, these guys could very well be brewing something up in there, and the guy is always home and doesn't seem to go to work (or school) anymore - he used to, when the family was around. And the argument that they're so nice and friendly doesn't hold unfortunately - because why wouldn't they be. The nicer the better.

It'd be really handy if I understood arab (as I actually have to listen to them through these thin walls anyway). But it also goes to explain that the so-called racial profiling is pretty much unavoidable in this situation. Such is the pattern.

I do hope all of this is only in my head - would be really too stupid to find out one fine day that I lived next to an "Al-Queda cell". Heh.

Update: thank God! wife+kids returned today, so the above theory can happily go to hell. The downside is that I will again have to endure those kids screaming and jumping next-door :)





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