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Weird vibes

 This evening, I went for a walk, taking my camera along in hopes of getting some nice sunflower photos. While I was standing in a field, near the road, an old man drove by, very slowly. I smiled at him and went about my business of photographing bees.  A few minutes later, as I was stepping back onto the road, he drove by again, just as slowly.  I ignored him and turned down a dirt road toward the sunflower fields.  

Perhaps 30 minutes later, I returned to the paved road and headed home. I saw the car again in the driveway of a dilapidated shed and garden plot.  The man saw me, too, and instead of pulling out of the drive and going on his way, he inched his car forward and then stopped, watching me.  He finally gained the road and drove away, but he was so intent on spying on me that his passenger side tires were rolling on the grass. 

Not caring for his nosiness, I stopped to take pics of some kind of burr to put some distance between us.  The strange man crept down Crow Alley, his brake lights constantly flashing as he tried to keep an eye on me. Finally, he pulled over and, after a moment, did a u-turn.  He passed me again just as I was entering Crow Alley and drove back to his garden plot.

So, was he spying on me for spying's sake or was he suspicious of me, thinking that I was really out to get something from his property (even though I didn't even pause or give it a second glance)?  These are some signs that he has posted, which I photographed on another of my walks, so he obviously has a paranoid streak:

 


Beware Traps Danger


The thieves who took the wood were seen?  Beware? (Yes, the French is equally awkward)

Either way, he made me uncomfortable, and I'm going to vary my walking times and circuit in hopes of avoiding him in the future.

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frigg
Jul. 10th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
...and we were just talking about girls walking alone!
mnfaure
Jul. 10th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
I know! I thought of that as I was keeping an eye on the weirdo.
pjthompson
Jul. 10th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Scary old creep. He sounds like a raving paranoid to me. Something about cameras brings them out.

Once I was innocently photographing the bark on a tree and this guy aggressively crossed the street and started yelling at me for taking pictures of him and demanded I take the film out of my camera. I explained that I was photographing the tree and he could go screw himself, but he kept screaming, so I walked into a nearby office to get away from him.
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
O.O

Oh my. Paranoia with a none-to-healthy dose of megalomania! Monsieur obviously saw himself as someone very important. :P
navicat
Jul. 11th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Oh, that's creepy. And the signs are creepy too O.O
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2010 08:07 am (UTC)
Creepy all around. I just can't decide if he thought I was creepy, too. :P
frigg
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
If he only knew. ;)
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Hehe. I'm sure, with my dreads and all, he thinks he has me figured out. :P
sunflower_sky
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
The resident self-defense instructor says: Keep listening to your intuition!!!

~D
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Yes, I plan on doing just that. I'm a firm believer in my intuition, and it has proven itself in the past.
clarentine
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest you turn the camera on him, just to make the point that you are watching him, too - people like that get away with their behavior because no one challenges them, yes? - but perhaps this is not the right time.

Speaking of bees, I have found the strangest beetles on the Queen Anne's Lace flowers in my back meadow. I should take a photo and post it.
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought of photographing his license plate and then decided I didn't want to deal with the possible fallout of that. :P

Take the pic! I love insect photos.
clarentine
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Me, too. Let me see if I can catch that one, and I'll post some of mine.
rabiagale
Jul. 12th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Yes. Very creepy! O.o
mnfaure
Jul. 12th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
We must keep our eyes on the creeps. O.O
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