Cheaters in parking lots at night. Late in the evening is when you can find them, as easy to spot as two hobos at a Sotheby’s auction. If they were a couple, they wouldn’t just be “hanging out” in different cars talking to each other. So obvious.
So, every once in awhile, being the student of life that I try to be, I see things going on that seem amiss. The particular thing I see is a man and a woman, in night of the primetime evening, talking in the parking lot of my neighborhood grocery store. You may be thinking that it sounds pretty normal, which on the surface it does, however, upon closer inspection you can see that it is anything but. They are very much out of place.
I typically find myself out on weeknight evenings filling up my water jugs or doing my grocery shopping. I avoid the crowds that way, and most times I find it convenient because I’m getting off work late or coming from the gym. I have seen, on many occasions, a man and a woman in separate cars, talking romantically to each other. You know, it’s obvious, with the deep gazes and exaggerated laughing that there is something going on. The body language speaks mountains of how close they are and want to be, and that’s when you know that these two lovebirds are in deep.
Maybe they are married, or boyfriend and girlfriend, many casual observers might think. Maybe, but since I spotted my first case many years ago, I have come to look for certain signs, like wedding rings. Sometimes one or both will be wearing wedding rings. Now, what married couple would meet up in separate cars outside of Vons and carry on like teenage lovebirds? Exactly.
The second clue, often overlooked, is the fact that neither of them has any groceries, and what’s worse, I never have seen them actually come out of or go into the store. It could be possible that two acquaintances happen to run into each other and carry on a conversation, which would explain the lack of groceries, but it doesn’t explain the body language and deep, longing gazes. At this point, I’d say they were guilty as shit. But…far be it for me to jump to conclusions.
Alas, there is one last clue that I look for. They are always parked far from the store, but not far enough that they look out of place. This one is pretty smart because they blend in much easier with the rest of the shoppers this way. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t care enough to hang out in my car and watch, although I may from time to time stay just long enough to make a confirmation. Usually, they are there when I arrive and still there when I leave. Or, they are there while I fill up my water and I can actually observe them more closely.
Anyhow, I think it’s funny to see such a thing in public. They are obviously cheaters. It goes to show that real life happens all around us. Sinners are everywhere –I know, newsflash, right? I have seen this probably five or six times in my life that I know of, and of course I assume they are cheating, but the chances are good. Of course, too, I’m looking for it when I’m out and about. Needless to say, it inspired my short story on the topic, which you can find here. Hope you enjoy it!