“Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” — Ayn Rand
F U S I O N O F F O R M A N D F U N C T I O N
For almost the past five years I have dreaded the return of summer, the longer daylight hours and the hordes of inconsiderate pedestrians who not only pass by my ground floor suite window but also have a tendency to stare inconsiderately inside the unshaded windows.
At times these folks stare so long that I begin to imagine that they are part of a television news reporting tem who have stumbled upon a rare archeological discovery. It’s just my living quarters.
At times I feel like I am living at the Guggenheim Museum in a historical setting that passersby just have to visually explore and photograph.
My solution to this problem involves the merciful fusing of window glass and small-sized bubble wrap which allows the sunlight to shine into my suite while at the same time thwarting the curious gawkers from seeing me in the afternoon reading a book in my pajamas.
Bubble wrap is a pliable transparent plastic material used for packing fragile items. Regularly spaced, protruding air-filled hemispheres provide cushioning for fragile items. The wrap comes in a number of sizes depending on usage. I am using the smaller sized packaging.
Installing the wrap is down right simple :
- Cut the wrap to fit the window size.
- Use a spray bottle to moisten the window pane.
- Apply and press the wrap to the window.
- Smooth out the wrap on the window.
- Enjoy your new-found privacy.
For me this is the most practical approach to ensure my privacy and sanity. Past summers I usually closed my drapes to offer me protection from prying eyes. The drawn drapes converted the living space into a shaded crypt where Count Dracula would feel quite at home.
When I first moved into the suite I had to install the curtain rods. The walls for the unit are a combination of plaster with an adjacent outside wall of concrete.
This is an older style apartment. The drill you use to make the holes for the curtain rods require a goodly amount of strength. Alas at times I become a male anorexic who is all thumbs when it comes to using power equipment.
When I was drilling a hole oer the patio doors I was standing on a kitchen chair, lost my footing and almost demolished the new credenza I had purchased the week before. I was not injured but appreciated the fact that I am no carpenter.
The other tenants in the building merely hang up their drapery by hammering a nail in the wall and let the drapes stay where they are. For myself I prefer using curtain rods to maintain the proper lighting in the suite.
If the bubble wrap begins to loosen from the window merely grab that water bottle and apply a thin water coat to the glass.
This summer I am certain I will enjoy a lot more personal privacy than in previous years. — gc