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So, I’m sitting on my couch one day, watching Law and Order (of course), and I’m right beside the big window in the living room with the great view of the park, the bridge, and the ant hill-like apartments nearby.

And I can’t help but notice that (key phrase: CAN’T HELP BUT) a nearby apartment is filled with light, like those bright lights from a studio photo shoot.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen bright lights from there.  There’s obviously a photographer who uses that as his workspace, and there’s often men and women in various outfits, taking pictures against sundry backdrops.

What’s different about this occasion, is the sex going on.

It’s not for the camera, it’s just that, this guy and this woman have decided to do a little kanoodling after the photo shoot, and what with all the lights, it’s hard not to see what’s going on.  Especially when I’m, you know, gawking.

My view’s a little obstructed, so it ends up being more Fox and less HBO, but still it’s fascinating to have such an activity going on outside your window.  And here’s the thing: I bet it happens again.

So the question I have for you is this: at what stage does my casual observation get creepy.  Where’s the line?

a) You shouldn’t watch at all
b) Once is normal, twice you’re a perv
c) You should watch if you happen to spot it going on while you’re watching prime time.  But don’t stay up past your bed time.
d) You should be sure to look out the window twice a night, you know, just in case
e) You should buy binoculars and do a little bird watching.
f) Rent a Web server, stream it live, make a fortune
g) Who are you kidding, Trav, this sounds like the lamest Forum letter ever.

Obviously, there’s a stage at which watching your neighbours play Two-Person Naked Twister becomes wrong, but I’m curious to hear what you think it is.  Especially given that I’m clearly not the only person in downtown Vancouver who can see these lovebirds.

And in the mean time, I’m selling dinner-and-a-movie invites at Casa Smith for $20 an evening, no refunds.


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

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“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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“I play with variables constantly.”

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“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

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