So last night I heard a thumping on a wall in my apartment building around 10pm, but I couldn't tell if it was directed at me, or someone else. Regardless, I turned my stereo volume down significantly, just in case. So tonight, right around 10pm, the thumping again. I decided it was maybe my downstairs neighbor, went down there, but no one was home. Went back upstairs, lowered the volume down even more, to the point I could barely hear it. Then the wall thumping again, this time hard enough to knock a couple of pictures off my wall. So I went next door. There is a couple that has been there 5 months or so, so I was a little curious about why all the sudden my music was a problem. The woman said they have to get up early, blah blah blah, but if I kept ignoring their requests (wall thumpings) to lower my volume, they'd call the police. I said big whoop-dee. Cop shows up, tells me to turn the volume down even more. It was a very empty threat in my opinion.
I asked how long my music volume had been a problem, and she said basically ever since they moved in. Their bedroom shares a common wall with my living room. I asked why they never said anything before, and she said "They were just trying to be good neighbors.". I told her in the future, I'll keep the volume down, and if they have any problems, please let me know. I'm not out to make life miserable for them, I just like listening to music all the time. So I've got my trustee headphones on, but I'm now wondering if they will begin complaining about other common noises (like the key board tapping), dishes clinking together etc. I asked why she never said anything in passing to me, or maybe left a note on my door, but she said she made an attempt to come over last night (used the little knocker that I can't hear under the best of circumstances). Honestly, that was her first attempt to solve the problem. I'm going to leave a note on their door tomorrow with my phone #, so if they have a problem, they don't have to knock stuff off my walls to problem-solve.
All it would have taken was a simple "Your stereo really carries into our bedroom at night. Could you please turn it down after 10pm?" and no problems. Now they think I've been intentionally antagonizing them, and I really my passive-aggressiveness kicking in. I'm feel like keeping the stereo up loud until they complain. When did the polite thing become banging on the wall, and not talking to your neighbor?
Okay, done ranting. Feels good to just get it out there. My neighbors are such spineless twits. Prior to their moving in, I never had problem with radio volume. Now I'm going to walk around on eggshells. I hope they only have a 6 month lease, and are moving soon. This could be a real pain for me. I always have music playing, and if deprived of that, I really might go crazy. Plus I just did a 1 year lease back in August. This could an annoying winter.
Off to bed now. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC, first 70 cm of intestine back in May '06
MEds & supplements:
, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema every other night, Prednisone (down to 5mg, YAY!), recently added Omega 3, 6, & 9 from flaxseed oil 2 pills 3x. Also trying out glucosamine, 1 pill 2x. Bowels have been fairly happy lately.
Post Edited (beartooth) : 10/17/2008 12:30:10 AM (GMT-6)