We live about 6 blocks from one of the original MTV Real World cast members, and although I'm not a huge pop culture fan (at least not compared to my fabulous sisters!) I've been known to become giddy over a Real-World-Julie sighting. In fact, Scott has long since figured out that the question, "Guess who I saw today?" really only has one plausible response. Which means that now before I can even finish the question, he's already answering in his most lifeless, monotone voice, "iknowiknowrealworldjulie."
In the 10 years that we have been neighbors, I have never had a conversation with her, but then two nights ago at the park...
Owen and I were out for an evening walk, and we came across Julie and her family having a birthday celebration for one of her children. I, of course, had spotted her from no less than 50 yards out, and I was doing my best to mind my own business while simultaneously wondering if I would ever be able to wear white jeans as successfully as she was wearing them. And the next thing I know, she is speaking to me.
Real World Julie: That's the lookin'-est baby I've ever seen!
Me (poised for this momentous occasion): Huh?
Real World Julie: I said he's the lookin'-est baby. He just seems to watch everything.
Me: Oh, yeah. He really likes to... watch... things.
Real World Julie: I live on ----- Street. I see you out walking a lot.
Me (panicked that I'm going to give away the fact that I already know exactly where she lives and that maybe she even suspects me of casing her house): Oh, I only walk that way because I hate walking past the church the traffic is so bad I mean it's really dangerous I live on the corner of ----- and -----.
Real World Julie (confused and smiling politely): Yeah...
Me : Ummm. I'm Shelley, by the way.
Real World Julie: Hi, I'm Julie.
Sigh. Why is it that I'm 33 years old and still only a half-step away from being the social spaz I was when I was 12? On the upside, I think it's time to drop the Real World prefix from her name; now she's free to just be my neighbor Julie. And the next time we run into her, the conversation is going to be effortless.
Because I plan to let Owen do all the talking.