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TitsMcGhee's avatar

It's 11:45 PM on a Thursday night here in NYC; what in the hell could the man, alone with a flashlight on the roof of the building across the street, be doing up there?

Asked by TitsMcGhee (8255points) March 19th, 2009

He’s looking quite suspicious from my apartment window over here. What in heaven’s name is he doing? And why must he be shining that flashlight all over the place so frantically?

And will someone come protect me if he is doing something sinister? I am so very vulnerable, being a young woman in her apartment all alone…

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marinelife's avatar

Looking for his cat.

eponymoushipster's avatar

1) fixing something

2) killing something

3) having sex with something

4) any combination of the above 3.

“if you see something, say something” is the safest bet in NYC.

Likeradar's avatar

Maybe he was up there earlier in the day and lost something?

rancid's avatar

When I was a land sailor, young men used to get up on the top of ruins and wave flashlights around as a kind of dare. Usually, you’d attract a gamelon or two, and if you were right handy with a net, you could bag ‘em and get yourself a pet or two. It was a kind of rite of passage. Boys who couldn’t catch one, or boys who got their heads bitten off, didn’t end up doing much important in the tribe.

Bluefreedom's avatar

1. He lost his wedding ring after the tryst with his mistress on the roof last night.

2. He’s a former Marine sniper and he’s having flashbacks about scouting for an ideal Sniper’s Nest

3. He might be signaling extraterrestrials with his flashlight which he learned to do after watching the show X-Files.

4. He knows you are watching him, TitsMcGhee, and he is up there specifically to unnerve you and only you.

5. He is the lookout for the thieves that are currently ransacking several of the floors below. Little does he know, you are surreptitiously watching him and waiting to foil his and his buddies plans just like someone did during the Watergate Hotel break-in.

DeanV's avatar

Signaling for the helicopter.

rancid's avatar

Did I say something wrong? My spelling’s not so good. English isn’t exactly my first language. My apologies if I offended anyone.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@rancid i’m not sure if it’s entirely fictional or if you’re making some reference to gay sex…

Bluefreedom's avatar

@rancid. There’s nothing offensive at all in your answer and you have nothing to apologize for. It is just that your answer is really strange yet intriguing and we were hoping you would explain it more to us.

Likeradar's avatar

@rancid What he said ^

Nothing offensive at all, just confusing. Sorry if you felt attacked. Can you explain?

rancid's avatar

I can try. Which part did you not understand?

Bluefreedom's avatar

What is a land sailor exactly? What are the ruins that you mentioned? What in God’s name is a gamelon? This event was a rite of passage for what? Boys got their heads bitten off? Really? What are the specifics about the tribe?

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

Your kind of taking the spotlight from the thread, not that wasn’t interesting to read. I forgot what the question was when I got further into your response, haha. Welcome to Fluther! You will a good addition to the community.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA: Damn, your username is long. Anywho, if you forgot what the question was, you can scroll up to the top of the page. It’s conveniently displayed there so you can look at it and refer back to it again and again!

aprilsimnel's avatar

He lost a key. A very important key. To what, I don’t know. But everything is riding on him finding that key RIGHT NOW and his wife not suspecting!

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

Oh yeah. Maybe he was looking for a joint he was smoking earlier? Or he is lost?

cage's avatar

It’s dark outside, and he’s taking a walk… on his roof.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA: Lost… on the roof? With a flashlight conveniently in hand?

Update: It’s 12:20 and he’s still going strong with that flashlight. This is certainly suspicious.

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

Thanks for the info “Tits”.

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

On a serious guess he is probably performing a task or he lost something.

Likeradar's avatar

If he was doing something “bad’ wouldn’t have he done it more quickly?

Couldn’t hurt to be a nosy overly-responsible citizen though… but I’m not sure if calling the police is ridiculous or not.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@Likeradar: In all honestly, the question was asked with a certain amount of humor (check out the tags), so I probably won’t call the police or anything. It’s just a little odd, and a little distracting to see that flashing all the time.

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

I know I’m blowing this thread up, but is there any possibility he could see you back?? (i’m hooked now)

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA: Let’s hope not. I’m in no state to be seen!

SpatzieLover's avatar

Looking for: A leak?

A rat?

A mouse?

Anything that might be making noise like metal banging/clanging together that might be keeping him up at night?

Bluefreedom's avatar

Could he be engaging in some kind of pagan, Christian, religious ritual that we would all find offensive or non-sensical here on Fluther? Just wondering. Religion can be weird like that. So can suspicious men on rooftops in New York.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@augustlan OF COURSE!!!! I shoulda known.

If not, then, he’s waiting for the UFO to pick him up, for certain.

loser's avatar

He’s huntin’ fo zombies!!!

elijah's avatar

@TitsMcGhee I really wish you had some binoculars. With night vision. And a death ray.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

zombies and pancakes..

Jeruba's avatar

Oh, dear, me, @Tits, he is searching for his bat.

If he were shining his flashlight in one steady spot, pointed downward, it would be obvious that he is engaged in some sort of ritual. But if he is shining it frantically all over the place, you know that he is trying to follow the movements of something airborne, and only bats fly like that.

He must be the very person I heard about on NPR last week, the one they call the Batman (cute, huh?). He rehabilitates wayward bats, especially those that are delusional, and retrains them so they can go back and become productive members of bat society. Models proper bat behavior for them and helps them regain their taste for insects when they’ve been too long in the city. (Some of them get into junk food, and it’s really bad for them, especially for their memory.) From time to time he has to deal with a runaway. If you could hear him you would know he is also sounding a special batcall whistle at their sonar frequency. Sometimes the older ones especially get disoriented and he has to call them in and adjust their meds.

Don’t call the cops. But do watch to see if he is wearing any sort of special costume. You’ll know it’s this guy for sure if his clothes flap at all.

kandysman's avatar

maybe he is going to kill himself by jumping off the roof, and he needs the flash light to make sure he dosnt hurt himself trying to find the proper place to jump

benseven's avatar

He’s trying to signal batman. Duh!

Mr_M's avatar

Your blouse isn’t open by any chance?

benseven's avatar

Dude, question clearly states he’s flashing at her, not the other way around…

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@Mr_M and @benseven: Well, all of my roommates are out of town…

Mr_M's avatar

All I know is, if I knew I was on the roof of a building across from someone called “Tits”, I’d be trying to shine my flashlight in her windows.

Lupin's avatar

In my (red) neck of the woods we’d grab our 8x scopes, put the crosshairs on ‘im so’s we could see him better and watch for suspicious behavior. Safety “on” of course. ;-)
Do let us know how you made out.

benseven's avatar

Do let us know how you made out.

Giggle.

ckinyc's avatar

He lost his Internet connection and have no access to Fluther. He is going crazy and try to find outwhere the problem is. You all know how GOOD Time Warner tech support is!

rancid's avatar

@Bluefreedom: from what I am understanding, it is not polite to discuss something that is not on the topic. Hijacking is not something I want to do again. Perhaps one other time?

TitsMcGhee's avatar

An update: Well it went on for almost two hours and he disappeared. Looking tat the roof in the light now, I don’t know how he didn’t wind up killing himself. There’s a lot of shit on that roof!

loser's avatar

Then maybe he was looking for a frizzer!

rancid's avatar

@loser Can you tell me what a frizzer is, in your own words? I am not familiar with the word. Ther are many English words I am not familiar with, but this one is not in my dictionary.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@rancid: It’s a joke specific to fluther, originating from this thread. It’s really just someone’s misspelling of freezer (as in ice box).

loser's avatar

@rancid Sorry, silly Fluther humor!!!
Thanks Tits!

emmaroxx's avatar

ALIENS!!!!!!!!!

Steve_A's avatar

Building a bomb

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