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   Posted 7/23/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I just have to vent to someone.  Nobody has to listen as this is completely off topic.  I have this neighbor, we live in a condo so we share walls.  Well anyway, he's a single father with four boys, ages 10-21!  The mom up and left them.  (I kinda see why now)  Well they are soooo loud!  The kids play basketball right behind my living room, but in the street.  So while I'm resting and trying to recover, I hear the basketball for hours on end, late into the night.  While the other boys lift weights and drop them on the tile floor!  My dog is deathly scared of the noises they make.  I mean she has panic attacks and actually Shi**s on herself.  She is a 90 pound akita never been scared of anything and is terrifyed of them.  They are nice kids, but they are driving me crazy to the point that i want to move, but financially can't.  I have asked them nicely and it got a little better for about a week then it starts all over again.  The neighbor on the other side up and left because of this and his condo is still for sale.  I have no peace and quiet.  I mean this is the reason I DONT HAVE KIDS!!!!  But now I have to deal with yours!  OMG I just had to vent before I went out there and started screaming like a crazy person.  Freakin condos man.  Don't ever buy one!  I just had a bad day at work come home and find my dog has crapped all over herself and spread it all over the floors...  This sux!  I don't know what to do.
Current meds:  Remicade
Tried:  Prednisone, sulfasalzine, lialda, antibiotics, imuran
29 yr old female w/ crohn's colitis and SEVERE leg pain

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   Posted 7/23/2010 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   

From a couple of thousand kilometres away, I can smile and say that it's good that the little dears are exercising instead of sitting on their backsides playing Nintendo and getting overweight and flabby, but I'm not the one who has to deal with the noise, am I?

That's incredibly frustrating, and it's wrong that it's affecting your health and sleep and sanity. There *ought* to be something you can do about it... can you complain to the local Council or something?

Sorry about your dog and the mess. That's the last thing anybody should have to deal with after a long day :-(.

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   Posted 7/23/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
sickofitall:  Ok, after laughing, now I'll sympathize.  Agree with noise - the constant never ending noise could be enough to make one do something really extreme  . . . am carefully refraining from suggestions here . . .  Agree with you regarding condo's, its a crap shoot who moves in in surrounding units.  We've had the same experience, even owning a house has some of the same issues.  Helps with the neigbor is a sheriff and he knocks on the door frequently to make them bring in the yapping flea bag, mini rug to beeeee . . . Drugs are good, and tylenol pm is the best!  Maybe ear plugs?   Too bad stiff drinks are restricted in this disease process . . .
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.

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   Posted 7/23/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
As the manager of a 93-unit condo complex, I offer you this advice: All Condo Associations have by-laws, rules, and regulations. When you bought your unit, you were supplied with the Condo Documents, By-Laws, and Rules. If you can't find them, go to the manager (or management company) and ask to see a copy of the Association Rules and Regulations. I guarantee that there will be something in there about quiet hours and/or disturbing the peace of other owners.

Once you discover the relevant rule, make a copy of it, highlight it, and take it over to the dad. If you don't want to face him in person, put it in an envelope and leave it for him, along with a calm, quiet note that tells him that you're being disturbed by the constant noise of basketballs and dropped weights. Ask for his cooperation.

Make a copy of your note, so that you have some documentation. You may also want to keep a record of what time and for how long the disturbances go on.

If you don't get his cooperation, and things continue as they are, then it's time to get the Association involved. Contact an officer or a Board member; cite the relevant rule; and let them know that this family has already driven out one neighbor and that you're at the end of your rope.

In most condo complexes, you'll get some results. The Board may be able to assess a fine against the family if they continue to break the rules.

Nobody should have to put up with this nonsense. Good luck!

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   Posted 7/23/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
if the condo assoc doesn't work call the cops- there are noise ordinances etc in most have a reasonable expectation to some peace and quiet in your own home.
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 7/24/2010 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Imo, going to the authorities (cops or otherwise) should be your last resort. You said they got better for about a week after you asked- Have you tried asking again? Kids are extremely forgetful about that kind of thing.

Also, you could give the weightlifter a rack to set his weights on, or a mat to work out on. Makes you look nice, and might help with the noise. As for the basketball into the wee hours of the night, again, they will probably go do something else if you ask them to stop. If they don't, give them a few minutes, then turn off the lights. Hard to play basketball when you can't see the basket.

edit: the reason I think authorities should be your last resort is that most often it results in a fine, at which point you've stopped being their neighbor and have now cost them real money.
Diagnosed with Crohn's late December 2004. Narrowly avoiding a full-blown flare using nothing but sheer awesomeness.

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