I will just openly gloat that I have an awesome couch in my condo rather than be suspected of humblebragging. I have a lot of long work days or am otherwise frequently away from home, so when the chance finally presents itself, I like to spend some quality time on my awesome couch.
There are some big windows facing the couch. There are sidewalks and lawns out there- this is not my personal domain, other people live here and are walking around outside my windows often enough- walking dogs, coming to and fro their own condos, whatever.
The whole question could be avoided by just keeping the blinds closed. Then I can’t see out and others can’t see in. However, I happen to think it can appear strange if one’s blinds are closed all the time and besides, I have a lot of plants. Most importantly, it is acceptable window etiquette to observe closed blinds- it isn’t like a person can invade another’s privacy by looking at their closed blinds.
But like I said, I think it is generally best to leave the blinds open. In that case, I consider it bad window etiquette for passers-by to peer into my windows. It isn’t like someone will catch me strolling in front of the Queen of England or anything like that if they did peep in my windows, but that is beside the point. I don’t think they should look in my windows. I guess I think people should mind their own business.
OTOH, when I am spending some quality time on my couch, I think it is perfectly acceptable for me to observe any activity outside my windows. I am allowed to look OUT, but passers-by are not allowed to look IN. Walking your dog? Nice dog. Oh hey, looks like the neighbor got a lot of groceries. Somebody’s guests are strolling the grounds. Whatever. If it is outside my windows, I am within my rights to watch. Now, if it is some sexy person in yoga pants stretching out to go run or what have you, I really should not leer. Also, I should not glare at people from within my condo- that just isn’t polite, and it doesn’t really matter if I am never supposed to get caught at it.
And that’s the odd thing in all this. It isn’t a bunch of yoga babes cavorting outside my window, it is more or less a bunch of regular folks doing normal things. So I watch them, and I am taking note of whether anyone is looking in my windows. If they did, they would get some sort of demerit, lose a point, something like that. Aha! But nobody is ever looking in my windows. They are minding their own business. Everybody follows the rules.
Seasons go by without my catching someone looking in my windows. I want to say it has happened a couple of times in the last few years, but I can’t recall a specific example. It isn’t like I spend a lot of time on this, it is almost the last thing I get to do, but I do continue to be on the lookout for peepers.