1055. Next door television

My bedroom window looks straight out onto the road, and across the road into the window of my neighbour’s sitting room. I can see their television from my bedroom. At least I can see what it is they’re watching. No sound of course. If they rigged up speakers I could sit in bed and hear whatever it is that they’re watching. But it often doesn’t matter because half the time I don’t need the sound to know what’s going on.

Some people have no idea when they’re watching a video that people can see from outside. They could at least draw the drapes or something. But no, these neighbours have to watch videos or, if not, similar stuff on some channel or other. There’s no privacy. I’ve seen kids zoom by on their scooters and slow down for a peek. Up and down the road. One day some kid is going to be looking at that television and run straight into an oncoming car.

If I knew their name and phone number I’d tell them to pull the curtains. I’m sick to death of it. If I have to sit through another National Geographic program on giraffes I’ll scream.

8 thoughts on “1055. Next door television

  1. umashankar

    I kept thinking of Lamarc’s theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics as I read that, of a man craning its neck into the neighbour’s windows and turning into a giraffe eventually. Needless to say, I was shocked by the punchline.

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I think Lamarck is unfairly treated – there is an itsy-bitsy bit of acquired characteristics in all of us I reckon. Glad the punchline shocked you.

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      LOL! And yes! – I know what a camelopard is – having been made to learn some T.B. Macaulay off by heart at school: “When camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre…”


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