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A day filled with urban legends, superstition and imagination. Tales filled with magic, wonder and all kinds of fantastical creatures. While I enjoy the stories, I often wonder what inspired them and if there is any truth behind these tales. Well, I had the opportunity to find out for myself when I become the topic of interest in my local neighborhood.
I moved from New York to Florida in January of 2000. The bank I worked for had moved my department to Tampa. In the months prior to my move, I started apartment hunting online. After making a list of places, a friend and I came down for a week to check the possibilities. During one of the outings we got lost and kept passing this little blue house with a garden. So we stopped, just to admire it and I noticed a sign for rent. I called the number, met with the elderly owners, had a tour and a deal was struck.
The moving company arrived a week before I did. My furniture had been set up and my car was parked in the carport behind the house. I arrived the night before I was suppose to start work. My work schedule was the opposite of my neighbors. I worked an evening shift at the bank, then I worked a per diem overnight shift at the hospital. Due to this work schedule I saw my next door neighbor once a week if I was lucky. I never actually met any of my other neighbors. I mostly interacted with my coworkers and my landlords. The problem was my landlords were well known in the neighborhood and they were telling the neighbors about me. Since they never actually saw me; I was more of an idea than a real person. Some even questioned my landlords’ sanity.