Naked Neighbor and Paper Blinds

When I decided to out my naked neighbor on my blog only a week ago, I thought this was a problem that I was going to have to live with or address. After moving in a couple of months ago, up went paper blinds on twenty-four windows, leaving four naked windows where he sat naked at his computer every night. Intentional?

Paper BlindsOn Friday morning, May 23rd, I opened my curtains and immediately laughed. I cheered. I clapped my hands. I jumped up and down. I called my husband. I could not believe it. There were four more paper shades! The “naked” problem resolved itself. The reflection in his window is my window.

I’ve never met my neighbor, so I doubt he read my blog and thought: “Oh no, I didn’t think anyone could see me in the glow of my laptop”. Have I been making a concentrated effort to let him know I can see into his windows from my kitchen? Maybe, a little. But only during the day when he is fully clothed.

I don’t make a habit of peeking in my neighbors windows. It is just that our neighborhood is considered “urban-like”, even though I live in suburbia. Urban-like in this context means lots of condos and townhomes in a development where you can walk to shopping and restaurants, thereby lessening your carbon footprint.

Kitchen WindowsI have lived in a city, and there is nothing urban about my neighborhood, as much as they want to sell it that way. What it really means is that they can pack more homes on less land, and the developers make more money, while trying to get us to feel good about our choice to live greener and help the planet. The HOA still poisons our beautiful park and common areas with fertilizers and pesticides.

Grass Landscaping PathI could go on for days about lawns that look like golf courses. I’m convinced that is where this whole hatred for weeds started. We used to pull them out by hand or use a trowel to remove crabgrass. Fireflies used to light up the night. Butterflies used to brighten the days. Frogs used to croak. Crickets used to sing. Ladybugs were red with black spots, not brown. Native plants and species were not being wiped out by poisons and the introduction of non-native plants and insects.

I go off on tangents when I speak; not just when I write. Sometimes, I don’t make it back around to where I started, but since I am writing, it is easier to keep track of what I was saying in the first place.

BalconyTwenty-eight feet from my kitchen windows, there are paper blinds. Now we can sit on our balcony in the evenings without fear. We can enjoy our home again. And this photo makes me realize it is past time to put something in that planter.

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  1. Oh nice you can can enjoy your home. Those two chairs in the balcony as well as the park greenery look cool :)
    Best wishes :)
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  2. Full circle from the naked neighbor, to pesticides that taint the natural beauty and cycle of gardens and the outdoors, back to the naked neighbor. Some things, like neighbors, we really prefer NOT to see in their “natural” state. RIght?

    • Hi Barb, I’m glad you made the connection between the two. At first, I was just writing off the top of my head, and then I saw the relationship, but I didn’t want to explain it. I was hoping it would speak for itself. Some things are better to observe in their “natural” state than others :)

      All of the plants and trees are native to our area, so I appreciate that the builder was aware of the importance of using them in the landscaping. I doubt the HOA or the homeowners with yards can be convinced that they can have beautiful lawns and gardens without poisons.
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  3. Hooray for shades!
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  4. YAY! I’m happy you can enjoy your porch…without the full monty performance. We live in a more rural area with homes on 2 acre lots. Even it my neighbors were walking around inside naked, I probably wouldn’t even notice. I’m too busy watching the fireflies! :-D

    • It’s nice that you get to watch fireflies. We lived in a rural area once, where we couldn’t see into our neighbor’s windows. Other than San Diego, it was our children’s favorite place we have lived. I felt very isolated. I don’t really love the suburbs either, but if I am going to live here, I am happy that I can enjoy my porch and that I can open the curtains to let the sunshine in :)
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  5. I live in “rural” midcoast Maine. I, not 20 minutes ago, drove back from the gas station to find a raccoon waddling around the small part of our acre that isn’t forest. We see red and grey foxes, wild turkeys, deer, coyotes, and many other beautiful creatures with regularity. But everything is so spread out that I have to make a special trip, in my car, to do just about everything, including fill my gas tank lest I be caught without enough to pick up my son from tennis practice at short notice. Your seemingly light-hearted and enjoyable essay got me thinking about all that. And I love the last line.

    • Hi Kathy. Thank you for you comment and kind remarks.

      It is nice to know that there are places where animals still have a place to live. Where I live, they are being crowded out of their native habitats by over development.

      I can definitely relate to your comments about car trips in the country and always making sure the gas tank is full. When we lived in the country, the closest grocery store was 8 miles away. The school bus stopped at the end of the driveway because the houses were so far apart. Whenever I took my kids to lessons or other activities, I sat and waited in the car because the trip home and back would have been pointless. Friends complained about how far away we lived from civilization and often preferred we visit them. My kids loved it. There was a stream on the property, trees for climbing, cows, wildlife, and a lot of land for running and playing.
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  6. Exactly! I relate to everything in your comment. My son loves it here, as do my husband and I. But I lived in Boston for years without a car, relying on public transportation. I wish the U.S. could be more like Britain/Europe and invest in public transportation that includes low population areas.

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