N. Nosey Parker

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Hastings wondering if this person has the proper authorization. And is that a wake? 
Hastings is an unabashed Nosey Parker. He will sit on the bow and monitor the docks. Sometimes he'll wag his tail when people walk by, and sometimes he'll bark, bark, bark. It depends whether or not his rival marina boat dogs are around. (Showing off = more barking) But mostly, he stares unabashedly at our neighbors. And he’s definitely awarded himself police status - he goes nuts when anyone creates a wake in the marina or passes too closely.

We also find ourselves staring at our neighbors (be it the condos that surround the marina or other boats). What did the fishing boats catch today? Where is this new sailboat from? These people really screamed at each other while docking- will this boat be for sale soon? This boat seems in rough nick - what happened? This huge yacht isn’t my cup of tea - but check out their hot tub! They have a hot tub! 

How bad did that sailboat nause up the classic yacht when he apparently nodded off and drove right into it? Will that yacht have to pay for the marina piling it toppled over when it smacked it broadside? 

If we were not backward at coming forward, we’d march around and ask. Instead, we don't have the foggiest!

Are you a nosey parker? What's the nosiest question you've ever been asked? 

Daily Dictionary

  • naff: no good, bad 
  • nasty piece of work: bad person 
  • nause it up - mess it up, break it (the sargassum weed keeps nausing up the engine water intake) 
  • nick - to steal 
  • nick - condition - either good nick (good condition) or bad nick (bad condition) 
  • ninny - silly person 
  • nipper - young person 
  • nod off - fall asleep 
  • noggin - brain 
  • no oil painting - not attractive; not much to look at 
  • nosey parker - nosey person 
  • nosh - food 
  • not backward at coming forward - straight forward person, says what they think 
  • not batting on a full wicket - not all there, not the sharpest person 
  • not have the foggiest- I have no idea! 
  • not my cup of tea - don’t like it

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  1. I am a nosey parker. To be honest, I think a lot of cruisers are. Really. The best way to find out about this personality trait is to ask other cruisers whether they switch channels on the VHF when they hear two people hailing each other to switch channels... Who doesn't? Especially in big harbors like Georgetown in the Bahamas, or St. Martin. Of course, when I have better things to do (and I do a lot of times), my curiosity is lacking more often.

    Every time, a new boat anchored in our vicinity, I watched them and wondered... a lot. Especially whether they let enough scope out and set their anchor well! :-)

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

    1. LOL at the switching channels! I have been really tempted to do so, but so far have avoided going down this route. The conversations and reasons in my imagination are probably more interesting. - Lucy

  2. One of my favorite Scottish expressions was "curtain twitcher" - you know the little old lady that peeks from behind her curtains at everything going on in the street. I find myself being a bit of a curtain twitcher when out cruising :-)

  3. The nosiest question? People keep asking me if I will marry an American guy for a green card. Why would you ever ask a stranger if they are planning on marrying?... :D
    Boat dogs! :D I can imagine those are fun to have around...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

    1. Wow! That is nosey! People are strange! I often get "when are you going to have kids". MYOB - Mind Your Own Business! - Lucy


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