Friday, October 30, 2009

Everyone's Got a Story

Have you ever people watched? Just sat and stared at strangers and imagined what their life is like?

Today being the day before Halloween at work, I got to do a lot of awesome people watching :). I realized as I was watching a lady from the call center walk by as a Klingon that there might just be some great story material here!

1) The lady in accounting who is mean all year long, and then does the best decorating and puts out the most candy on Halloween.

2) The shy guy who puts on a mask and runs around scaring the HR ladies because he feels free when he's in disguise.

3) The loud guy pretending to be Billy Mays while everyone raises and eyebrow and says "Whoa, dude. Too soon."

4) The tiny Spiderman grabbing a candy out of the dish, dropping it on the floor, and then unable to pick it up because his foam muscles make it hard to move his arms. Awwww. Little help there, Spidey? :)

The great thing about people is that everyone has a story. People have eccentricities you just can't make up, and some have that kind of golden heart that make you want to be a better person. There are heroes, villians, adorable babies dressed up like chickens--the whole gamut!

So next time you're stuck on a character trait, go to Walmart or sit on a park bench to people watch. Just remember to take your notebook with you!

*Halloween costume picks coming soon ;).


Tere Kirkland said...

Great post, and so easy to forget when we're feeling especially self-centered.

Have fun on Halloween and I can't wait to see pictures!

Abby said...

Sweet! Can't wait to see the pics! :D

I love to people watch, and Walmart definitely draws an eclectic, and sometimes entertaining crowd. Great post!

L. W. said...

I could really picture these people. It's a great writing exercise, too. I have my college students do this as a fun assignment. Good to give them a break from learning the basic essay.

Lisa and Laura said...

Ooh, great post! I'm totally stealing this technique.

Badass Geek said...

He's not a true Spiderman until he has webbing.

Kate said...

Cool post. I love people watching too :)