Okay, admit it: you totally do it. When there are other people around you can't help yourself--you scope them out, see who's doing what, see who's wearing what, etc. (If you don't, well, just play along okay? I don't want to be the only one!)
Anyhow, this trip I'm on has afforded a great deal of people watching. I can't help it. Lots of different people, places, and of course, tourists. (Why do tourists always afford such great people-watching opportunities? I mean, I know I'm being a tourist, and I still think this!) I have a small log that I keep of people that I see around, just a note here and there, for future reference should I ever need a random side character in a story. It's fun. Hubby and I have a separate log for random people we meet and talk to, which will have to be the subject of another post--it's awesome.
Here are some of my favorites so far:
-There was a small, wiry man in the Denver airport waiting to board the same plane we were going to be on. Apparently he was unable to get his daily yoga in before he got to the airport, so right near the gate entrance he went full yogi on everyone. There were a LOT of people around (including an entire hockey team) and we all got to watch his "performance" that included headstands and other incredible feats of flexibility. Honestly, some of the stuff he did I've only seen in random yoga books my mom has. Impressive. And, admittedly, kind of strange. There was a nice open area, with a huge window overlooking the Rockies, about a hundred yards away, so I'm inclined to say that the guy was trying to show us all up a little :)
-Walking down the street the other day, there was a hotel attendant standing out in front in full livery. (Is that how it's said--the old fashioned costumes? I'm not sure I have that right...) Anyhow, he stood in the sun, arms crossed so that he had his head propped on his fist, staring right into the light. A giant mole marked his cheek, and his jowls were something to behold. Quite frankly, I'd put money on him either having had a long night, or just not being happy to be at work that morning. I wish I'd had a camera for a pic--he seemed like quite the character!
I've had plenty of other "entries" in my book, each a fun little reminder of someone I saw. The only drawback is what to do when someone catches me watching--that gets pretty awkward! But, it's a small price to pay for free entertainment!
So, do tell, any interesting people watching experiences lately?