下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

Hokay, so...

One of the guys from upstairs came down to talk to me tonight. He apologized for being loud so often, and let me know that they have some guests over and that they would try to be quiet. The stompings and rumblings and mammoth-breeding seemed to go on as normal anyway. But, two interesting and nerdy things happened.

First, he asked me “are you a programmer?” Apparently he recognized some of my Apple and Omni shirts, on our past encounters. He says they’ve got three Macs between the four of them. Second, he gave me his name and phone number, so I did what came naturally: I Googled him. The guy is a top-notch amateur photographer, and he’s in a couple of bands. It was weird to browse around personal, artistic photos of this guy and his roommate, people I’d only ever seen during confrontations about interapartment noise. This is stuff that you just couldn’t do, ten or even five years ago. Thanks, social networking explosion.