I have to admit I can be a very nosy person. I did not realize how much until this weekend.
An armed standoff began on Friday afternoon and finally ended after 48 hours, right here at the end of my block. (He surrendered) Since we were not in the direct line of fire, we were not evacuated but could sort of come and go as we pleased (with some questioning by the police at the other end of the block). Most of my neighbors know each other and each night this weekend we all congregated and discussed what was going on. Since one set of neighbors were acquaintances and co workers of the armed gunman we were hearing some inside information that the public will never know. But we couldn't just stay away. Some people had binoculars and police scanners. There were SWAT teams all over, snipers on top of buildings, artillery out the wazoo and other members of society added some more drama. One guy burst through the police barricade and was tackled, but produced a knife and slit his own throat! It was like living our own episode of COPS! Of course some of us were concerned for the guy, some were concerned about our daily routines (as businesses such as the grocery store, drug store, liquor store and beer store were all behind police lines), and some we concerned about our own personal safety or how to explain this to our children.
So what category do you fall into? When there are cops/fire/ambulance are you out on your front steps watching the drama unfold, or are you inside oblivious to the whole situation. Do you talk amongst your neighbors or hide stealthily behind your drapes? Or do you not give a damn? Are you nosy???