So I have found myself in the company of younger folks lately. Particularly at my wife’s work where I spend a great deal of down time from the overnights. Also my younger brother and his intended. I’m not talking about thirty years younger or anything like that, I only mean a few years younger than I. It’s these same 24 and 26 year olds who are of a totally different generation than me despite the fact that I’m just a few years to their senior. But it is indeed a completely different generation than the one to which I belong. Of particular interest is the slang vernacular. Where someone in my day would have been a skeeze or a freak today it’s something different. I was recently introduced to the term “creeper.” Actually I was called a creeper; what the heck does that even mean, I wondered. Particularly because it was directed at me but still, it got me thinking just what is the definition of a creeper? Why would my actions elevate me to creeper status?
What It Is: According to Urbandictionary.com (1) a creeper is “A person who does weird things, like stares at you while you sleep, or looks at you for hours through a window. Usually a close friend or relative. you know right away if that person is a creeper or does creeper things. It is not hard to spot the creeper.”
I didn’t know that this description of me was totally accurate. I mean I keep odd hours so I sleep in my car a lot during the daytime. That may make me seem homeless (which I am and have written about, HERE (2)HERE (3) and HERE (4). For example the other day I had the night off so I drove to where my wife works and I saw some of her co-workers…at 5 in the morning. I had been out trolling around the greater Charleston area, hanging out in the closed café at a local Bi-Lo supermarket (they had plugs) going to a closed Starbucks on the other side of town (they had music playing, it was nice) so I could use the WiFi and then back to my wife’s work when I saw these folks at the end of my night which just so happened to be the beginning of their day. So I keep odd hours, but I don’t think that identifies me as an all-out creeper.
The second definition of creeper in urbandictionary.com may describe me as a creeper a little bit. “Someone who views your profile (multiple times) without saying anything.” I do have a tendency to view people’s photos, wall, and other personal info on Facebook late at night. This is, again, because I work at night but that’s the way I learned about Facebook! One of my first contacts with Facebook was at this office job I’d had in an office. My friend Erika, herself an AC contributor (5), used to troll around other people’s Facebook profiles even though she didn’t have one herself. This must have been in 2005 or something like that. I always thought it was a little strange. Then when I’d start to say things to people in person about stuff they’d say online, it made them a little uncomfortable. I’m sorry, do you think that just because you’ve posted something online it shouldn’t follow you around into the real world? Still, a creeper I ended up being branded.
I don’t know that I would really consider myself a textbook creeper. I do happen to keep different hours and behave a little differently than your average consumer, but that is just the way I see the world. I know that this comparison might not do much for my creeper standing but I guess I’m a little bit like that kid Ricky from American Beauty who just watches everything and records everything. The only difference between he and I is that instead of with a video camera I report back here with what I see through my words here at Associated Content.