I was speaking to our friend Alexis last week when the subject of our Ti Kay (or house) came up: “I love your house, it’s perfect…except it’s not very private,” she explained with a cringe. I agreed, considering our house is surrounded by four other houses, and four apartments. During the day the house is practically an open exhibit into our lives, and between construction workers and neighbors, you shouldn’t do anything you don’t want everyone else to see.
But I had faith in the upstairs, I explained, “it’s private up there, the window to the bathroom is tinted, and there are curtains on all the windows, so no one can see in.” So you can imagine my surprise over the weekend when I went to go throw out the trash and I looked up and could see Jillian preparing for her shower…visibly naked.
I ran into the house and up the stairs, “Jillian, come here!” “What?” she responded, “I’m about to shower.” “I know,” I quickly said, “just come here, please!” “Why?!” Jillian spat, she was getting a little perturbed. “Because everyone out there can see you naked!” I said back. She looked at me curiously, and then looked at the window. “Wait, are you serious?!” she said while running away from the shower. We looked at each other and smiled awkwardly, realizing that for the past 6 months our neighbors have had the chance to see us naked practically every night.
Jillian is giving them the benefit of the doubt, saying that they probably haven’t even noticed, but I’m not so sure. In fact, and I could be wrong here, but I’ve noticed how our neighbors have recently started eating on their outside patio (which has a perfect view of the bathroom window) almost every night. They didn’t used to do that…
Looking back, I’m not sure what we were thinking. We had asked our land-lady if this was going to be a problem, as the shower is right up against the curtain-less window, but she assured us it was not an issue. “No no! It’s tinted! You don’t have to worry!” she said emphatically. Now I’m wondering how big of a cut she’s getting for the peep show that our neighbors get every night. But to her credit, during the day the tinting does it’s job, and you can’t see a thing.
Needless to say, we bought a shower curtain to cover the window the next day. It’s not a pretty fix, but it’s a fix, and now our dining neighbors will have to rely on another house to get their voyeuristic jollies. And even if we have been bearing it all to complete strangers for the past 6 months, at least Jillian and I know that we’ve done our part to promote transparency in a country that truly needs it.