Passive (voice) abuse

December 17th, 2007 · 155 comments

Amber received this amazing note in an envelope on her doorstep in Sacramento. “I have no idea which neighbor sent this to me, but I can only assume it was the paranoid-looking woman who lives above me,” she says. “But I don’t do drugs. I don’t even smoke cigarettes!”

I suspect illicit drug use

related: Don’t hate the playa

FILED UNDER: a little uptight · drugs · holiday spirit · neighbors · not-so-veiled threats · odor · passive voice · Sacramento


155 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Amy

    How does the concerned neighbor think a lovely holiday season gets started, if not for a little illicit activity?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:14 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   sumguy

      wtf is this person doin up at 4am writing notes??? i think she’s smelling her own crack.

      Jan 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   WanderingPenguin bang

    I love how this woman was fairly lucid for the first three paragraphs but then goes completely off the curve at paragraph four, perhaps in an attempt to lend credence to her claim that the “passive abuse” is affecting her adversely.

    Good thing she isn’t concerned about “passive/aggressive abuse”. She’d be goin’ straight to the big house.

    Now I want to know what “other steps” are going to be taken to ensure “drug use” is happening. Is she going to drop off a big back of weed next?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:27 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      Hmm. Or maybe a big bag of weed. Seems she has already been to my house. :)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   mamason bang

      WP- Just wanted to let you know that I have always found you to be quite the cunning linguist. ;-)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:16 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      Thanks – I do have a 30+ year career in just that area. ;)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   Rada

      Yeah, it really shows.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   WanderingPenguin bang

    BTW, how bad is the USPS that this took more than a year to go from one apartment to another in the same building? Even at Christmas time that seems excessive.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:30 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Holly

    Is it just me, or do her e’s drive you insane?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   park rose bang

      I think it’s too much LSD that does that. ;-)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:27 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   tris

      30+ years of l33tn3ss

      Jun 12, 2008 at 4:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Pand0raWilde

    I’d need drugs to deal with neighbors like that.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:36 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Wade bang

    “if there is drug use going on that affects other tenant’s (sic) right to clean breathing, other steps may be taken to ensure it”

    wait, what?

    Does the notewriter mean that:

    a. she will take steps to ensure that special kind of drug use that affects the breathing of others?

    or

    b. she will secure for the recipient another form of drug that will not produce smoke (heroin, perhaps)?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:40 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   park rose bang

      I heard that her eccies drive you insane, so it might be option b.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Centaurea

      Where in the Bill of Rights do you suppose they hid the Right to Clean Breathing? And is there a special way you have to breathe to breathe cleanly?

      Dec 18, 2007 at 11:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   SilverIris bang

    Hmm. The smell of my neighbor’s leek and potato soup on Wednesday did leave me a little light-headed. And Meatloaf Mondays are pretty nauseating too.

    Maybe I will take leaf from the PAN book of manners and accuse them of drug use before broaching the subject.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:44 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   time_waster

      those weren’t potatoes…

      Nov 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   spalding smails

    Note how she mentions the presumably ungodly time at which she’s writing the note (4 a.m.), so as to really drive home the point of how disruptive the recipient’s alleged drug use is.

    Also, I agree with the others here that the holidays just aren’t complete without rampant drug use. How else are we to tolerate our families?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:46 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   mamason bang

    What’s she complaining about? I’m all for Team Contact Buzz! 8-)

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    Assuming Amber is telling the truth and there is no drug use or even tobacco smoking, just how bad is her B.O.?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:51 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   GVI bang

      Or her cooking.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 9:52 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   VelmaMae bang

      I once lived upstairs from a woman who I thought was always burning some nasty smelling meals. Turns out it was insects that fell into my hallogen lamp and burned up.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 6:05 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Wandering Seeker

      She may be burning sage…. white sage, burned by itself, smells like weed. So does some green sage incenses…. I have hippie tendencies….

      Aug 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   TreeShaker

    I wonder if she left this little gift on everyone’s doorstep, or stood at the contributor’s door ‘sniffing her out’?
    Having a 10+ year career in the Neurology Profession, I would like to remind her that phantom odors and paranoia can be a symptom of brain tumor.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:52 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   EsoMonty

      “It’s not a tuma!” said using my best Schwarzenegger impersonation.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 8:57 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   joe peppitone

      lol

      Dec 21, 2007 at 8:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   mamason bang

    Dear concerned neighbor,
    Sorry it took me so long to respond to your lovely letter, but I nodded off for a while. I then had to hook up with my dealer to beef up my stash, and that took longer than expected because I owe him some money and I had to work it off in trade. Anywho… Thanks for your concern. I hope you also have a lovely holiday season. Now please, don’t harsh my buzz!
    Take care…
    Stoned neighbor 8-)

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Canthz_B bang

    I think paragraph four means that the vents will be opened even wider to ensure that other tenants get their fair share.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:03 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Canthz_B bang

    It must be tough to decide whether to wish someone all the best or just some of the best in life when you’re semi-stoned from sniffing the air vents in your apartment.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   WanderingPenguin bang

    Out of curiosity, do you need a 30+ year health professional career (I think I gagged a bit just typing that so badly) to suspect illicit drug use? What, seriously, does one have to do with the other? Do you train to be a German Shepherd in that career?

    “Having a 25+ year hairdresser career, I suspect improper storage of sweaty gym equipment which is affecting my own air daily and nightly.”

    That seems to make as much sense to me.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:19 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Wade bang

      true, WP

      I would think that 30+ minutes as a college freshman would be sufficient.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:24 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   WanderingPenguin bang

      Well, exactly. If even that long. :)

      Dec 18, 2007 at 10:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Nugget

    I think the “4:00 AM” timestamp on the note is the funniest part. As my mother always used to implore: anyone awake at that hour is up to no good!

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:36 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   madhatta bang

    Hey man. upstairs neighbor Dude,
    Go fuck yurself. Ah…no I mean dudette, right?
    anyway go “do it”. *snicker*
    peace out man,
    Bongo
    *coff hack *
    p.s. no personal issues here m.jane took care of ‘em

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Eilis bang

    12-16-06
    4:20am

    Hi again neighbor,

    I just wanted to apologize for the note I left the other morning. I’d had a tough day at the hospital and just couldn’t sleep so I was feeling irritable. I hope we can be friends.

    Hey listen, when you come home tonight, would you mind… um… “relaxing” in your bathroom again? That strange odor that comes through my bathroom vent, while unpleasant to breathe, sure did cut the irritability. Oh, and I slept like a baby! Thanks friend!

    ALL the best,
    Your upstairs neighbor

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:51 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   morpho aurora bang

    if concerned neighb is wandering her apt. at 4 a.m. sniffing vents, she definitely needs meds – i think the smell is coming from her own apt. (probably unwashed dishes and piled up garbage) and neighb is just in denial – do we know if she is a cat lady?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   burke

    ensure what? that paragraph is so hard to digest.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   reality

    hmmm…4:00a.m. Must be up getting more munchies’ to eat and decided to laughingly,*snicker hehehe snicker* write note before she could not find the ability to drag herself off to bed in a stoned stupor. Or was it glue she smelled maybe nieghbor likes to put together model airplanes hhhmmm?

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   reality

    Does anyone remember that song “marijuana, marijuana,LSD,LSD…… :)

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   park rose bang

      Don’t remember that one, but keeping both within the Christmas spirit, and the topic:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEggVnuPcfY
      Haven’t the linking down yet, so sorry about that.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 2:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Wolfgang Punk

      YES! Now that you mention it; sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” (can’t spell it in French). You HAVE got to tell me how the rest of it went.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 4:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   ALA bang

    Do I want someone who can’t decide whether or not they want to wish someone all the best taking part in healthcare activities? I’m going with no on that…mostly because I think she’s crazy. Either that, or they should take away her key to the pharmaceuticals.

    Assuming she went to college then put in 30 years in healthcare, she’d be in her 50s. Does this look like the handwriting of a 50 year-old to you?

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Canthz_B bang

      What does the handwriting of a 50 year-old look like? :-)

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   ALA bang

      You’re making a good point there. :)

      I just don’t think this is the way they taught handwriting then (based solely on the script of the 50 somethings in my life – exhaustive criterion, no?).

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   Canthz_B bang

      Not really a point worth debating. My sister is 51 and writes like this, that’s all. You’d have to know something about the 1970′s to understand it, I guess.
      I enjoyed the first half of your comment, however. :-D

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   O Mai

      I don’t think that is how they teach handwriting now.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.5   park rose bang

      I think it’s just how people decide to write. I have a forty year old friend who also does her ‘E’s like that, but I don’t write in the same way.

      If I am writing in capitals (with red marker :-) ) I often write an E in a similar way, same if an individual word needs a capital letter, like Egypt.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 5:15 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   reality

    Already tried to make it official,haven’t been able to since the storm so I have no !!!!!!! But just wanted to say she wanted to share paranoid feelings, you know share them with the nieghbors,make everyone a little jumpy. :)

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:54 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Simster

    It is the elipses after “Take Care” (or should that be TakE CarE?) that takes the PA cake for me. The barely veiled threat implicit in those three little dots gives me chills.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 1:03 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   reality

    My thought exactly….

    Dec 18, 2007 at 1:12 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Douglas Keachie

    4 am probably means delivery time and so nobody saw me deliver it, Or, I go to bed at 7 pm, and get up at 3 am to do yoga, and or meditate.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 1:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Hannah

    would shE prEfEr if “this passivE abusE” wErE to continuE loudly?

    Dec 18, 2007 at 3:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Katy

    Perhaps she was smelling her brain cooking.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 3:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Peabody

    While I find her writing incredibly condescending – especially the 30+ year career in health care – I totally agree with her. I have a similar problem in my bathroom and my neighbour’s cigarette smoke coming in through the ventilation system and I find it disgusting and frustrating. :(

    Dec 18, 2007 at 4:18 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Katzndogz bang

      I used to live in a second floor apartment and my downstairs neighbor smoked on the balcony. I couldn’t have my balcony door open because the smoke would waft up and into my apartment.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 9:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   Anon

      Waaah. Close the freakin door or go to any restaurant in the city, or any public place for that matter to breathe your hard-earned, discriminatory “clean air.” Cry baby. They probably blow the smoke your way because you’re a whiner. All that horrible smell of someone smoking 20 feet from your door that you have to smell for 10 minutes every few hours. WAAAHHHH

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:56 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.3   wickedopinion bang

      What I find hilarious is the part about “my own rented home” – I have to wonder, with no disrespect intended at all, if this lady speaks English as a first language. Her sentence structure is so wacky and she uses too many words that mean either the same thing or the opposite of each other. It’s boggling. I also wonder about the fact that funny smells are coming through the vent at all. That is COMPLETELY the landlord’s problem – not the tenants’. The landlord should have been notified of ventilation issues and/or the funny smell so he could rectify the problem. I’m sure that is some kind of building code violation. Speaking of rect-ify, maybe Amber has a flatulence problem. Surely a 30 health care professional would wish her (all?) the best with her possible personal issue.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.4   Amber

      My boyfriend, at the time, was a pro at stinking up the bathroom. Maybe that was the odor she smelled.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.5   WanderingPenguin bang

      Wow, anon, you’re kind of a jerk. Why should I have to leave the comfort of my home to keep someone else’s disgusting habit from entering my lungs?

      Kind of nice to make jackass posts from the comfort of the handle “anon”, isn’t it?

      Dec 18, 2007 at 7:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.6   Anon

      ha ha ha Get in the kitchen and make me a pie. I’m not just kind of a jerk, I am the original jerk, thanks. And yes, a jackass too. ha ha ha ha

      And “WanderingPenguin” makes you accountable for your words? ha ha ha ha

      Dec 18, 2007 at 10:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.7   WanderingPenguin bang

      No, the “!” after my name does. Those of us who have registered have a bit more “cachet” and also a bit more at stake within the community. Flamers like you are pretty much just bottom-dwellers. Buh bye now!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 11:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   WickedLady bang

    Hey guys, it’s me. (If you remember…)

    I’m going way off topic now, but I just wanted to say goodbye. This is a great place and all, but not the place for me. Probably because of my sense of humor. I don’t want to offend anyone in the future.

    TakE carE…
    Wicked

    Dec 18, 2007 at 4:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   park rose bang

      Hey,
      you haven’t posted for ages. I enjoy your posts.
      Stay – go on!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 5:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   Anon

      Talk about passive aggressive. “PLEASE OH PLEASE DON’T GO. WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU.”

      Oh brother.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.3   park rose bang

      Wasn’t my intention. I enjoyed her posts, and she hasn’t posted for a long time.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 10:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.4   WanderingPenguin bang

      Don’t worry about “anon”, rose. It’s just an ass.

      But Wicked Lady, there are some people on here that you are going to offend no matter what. My suggestion is this: just don’t read or respond to the ones you’re concerned about – if you’re genuinely worried about offending people, that is. If you’re thinking of who I think you’re thinking of (wow, that phrase sucks) – remembering an unfortunate but not out-of-character incident from quite a few threads back – then believe me when I tell you this: there’s a very long line of people who have “offended” that person. Don’t sweat it too much.

      Hope that helps, if you’re still here reading any of this.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 10:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.5   Anon

      What makes you think I am a “he”??? SEXIST PIG

      Dec 18, 2007 at 11:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.6   WickedLady bang

      Thank you Park Rose, A.A guy (#38) and WP.

      @ WP: That incident was indeed the reason, or at least part of it. I’ve had these kind of things before elsewhere. I would accidentally offend people, because they didn’t understand what I meant. I apologized, but they tended to hold grudges for some reason. Then it wouldn’t be fun there for me anymore and I’d just leave.
      Thank you, it did help to read that. I won’t go. I should stop running away if I accidentally offend someone. I’m an adult for over a week now. :D

      Dec 20, 2007 at 4:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Hubbers

    Normally I laugh at the note writers. We all do – that is why we love this blog.

    But this lady does have a right to not be baked if she doesn’t want to be.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 6:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Lurker

    Most time-wasting note ever. Someone who’s into that sort of thing is NOT going to stop just because he’s been asked to, or at the mere threat of “other steps.” Call the landlord, call the cops, save your looseleaf.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 8:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   ThaAlien

    Besides the fact i’m so laughing, i’m totally amazed…
    (1) because i just consider that you should be able to do anything you want at your place (i think the key is in “your”) even being a junkie (i might be alittle too permissive anyway there is a point here…)
    (2) if the guy is smoking this much, you shouldn’t waste your time asking him to stop, he probably gave up a few years ago about that
    (3)if you can smell your neighbour’s home odours this good you should just consider moving out!
    And yes, a 30+ year(s?) in health care is such a good point: as a former medical student I can tell you, we smoke way too much while on duty, this IS experience.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 9:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   marshmallow

    Wait, doesn’t California have that medical marijuana act? So the person smoking pot could have a legitimate reason for doing so, like cancer or something? Surely as a health care professional, the concerned neighbor would know this. Mind your own business or move out!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 9:58 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Mishee bang

    If this was an anon contribution, I would be lead to believe this was the first note (of many) written by Anthony Grosso to Rene Hall.

    It was only after Rene ignored it that Anthony got serious with the note writing (which resulted in writer’s cramp which made his handwriting look like a dyslexic spider on crack)

    But that would be only if it was anon.

    Amber – quit smoking drugs!! :) (like I am one to talk! I think my neighbors may believe I have a whole TB ward living at my house cause there is so much coughing!)

    Anyways, I digest…

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:03 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   amy d bang

    With apologies to Vanilla Ice, ROFLMAO, as if. Anyway, it doesn’t exactly flow, but work with me:

    All right stop permeating the ventilation system
    With your illicit drug use, of which I must condemn.
    So, I must submit to you politely,
    That it’s affecting my own air daily and nightly.
    Will it ever stop? Yo, I don’t know,
    But I’m not willing to let it go.
    It’s passive abuse of my rented home, you see.
    I’m not making threats, you’ll agree
    By implying other steps will be taken
    To ensure clean air will not be forsaken.
    I’ve got 30+ years in the health care field
    To diagnose a druggie with the DSM I wield
    So, make a choice, I leave it to you
    And a Happy Holiday season to you and your crew.

    Word to your mother!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:15 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Rocky

      You mean “mothah” right?

      Dec 18, 2007 at 2:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.2   Juliet bang

      Good job Amy D!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 2:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.3   GhostWriter bang

      It DOES Flow!! …at least as much as Vanilla Ice ever did.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.4   Canthz_B bang

      I give a plus to you just for knowing what DSM means! That apartment smells like 305.2 to me!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 5:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   A.A guy

    Don’t go wicked lady,you are a very provocative person.
    Inspiring reactions is a talent many people will never possess.

    Jim

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:37 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   the sos

    Dear Neighbor, 3:18pm

    Please consider doing a more thorough job when dusting your house. The dust coming through our shared ventilation system is sure to give me some respiratory ailment. This is not just a guess as I have a 21.87+ career in automotive repair. I realize that it’s not YOUR dust, per se, but nonetheless you house it and stir it up every time you attempt to clean. I would write to Mexico and ask them to do a better job containing their dust, but I don’t think the use of a capital E with all lowercase letters would aggravate them enough. And I think the guilt trip is better spent on you since now you have to avert your eyes every time we pass in the hall. Other measures (you know what I mean) will be taken if this issue is not resolved.

    Happy ChristmaHannaKwanza!

    Pneumatic Neighbor

    p.s. – If my and every other tenants’ right to breathe freely continues to be infringed upon I will ensure this happens.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:53 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   Bucklehoneysuckle bang

    “However, I must confess I am not willing to let this ‘passive abuse’ of my own rented home to continue quietly.” — Concerned Neighbor

    Wow, she is so poetic with her word choices. The way she words her sentences makes my head hurt, or… as Concerned Neighbor would say “The sentences are worded that they will make your head to hurt.”

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Amber

    Love the comments on here. I really do think the lady might have had her own problem with drugs.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   anglophile bang

      Amber, are you The Amber? If so, will you update us on whether any other steps were taken to ensure it, or, at the very least, share your stash with us?

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.2   Amber

      I am The Amber, yes indeed. When I first received the letter it really irritated me, so I took it to the manager of the complex. She was very nice about everything. She informed me that we do not share common ventilation because it was against building code regulations. She told me she’d follow up with me if the neighbor went to her, but the neighbor never did. I have since moved out.

      If I had a stash to share I definitely would. hehe

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:37 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.3   unholyghost2003 bang

      BOOYAH! What did I say about building code regulations in R2 zoning districs in Sacramento? DAMN I am good!
      Sorry, carry on.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.4   amy d bang

      Is that a horn I hear? Just teasing UGH, good call.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.5   amy d bang

      Oops, UHG.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.6   mamason bang

      OMG!! I totally almost always type UGH too!!
      :-P

      Dec 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.7   park rose bang

      Un-Godly-Hour?

      Dec 19, 2007 at 5:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   unholyghost2003 bang

    I *might* be wrong, but a quick perusal of the City of Sacramento Building code requirements for multifamily dwellings prohibits the sort of ventilation that would cause such a problem. Even with an older building, an upgrade of the ventilation system is required if other improvements over a certain dollar amount are undertaken. So, perhaps the “further steps” are to get the building declared in violation of building code and make everyone homeless?

    Dec 18, 2007 at 11:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   mere bang

    hmmm.. ‘concerned neighbor’. i’d be concerned about THAT neighbor.
    smelling things that aren’t there.
    ‘do you smell that?’
    ‘what?’
    ‘it’s. . like.. orange peels and pencil shavings.. or.. POT!’
    ‘hmm.. dude, i think you have a brain tumor. you should get that checked out’
    **
    at least the handwriting is nice and legible.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   anglophile bang

    Did she accidently write a normal e in “Best of luck” and then go back and correct it to ε?

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Suhayla

      That’s what I was going to say… but on closer inspection it seems like a converted ‘s’, and it just accidentally looks like a normal ‘e’ at all.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 8:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #45   Life With Buck

    The writer of this note is a loser and a nerd. Party on Amber! And if you don’t party, you should start … if for no other reason than to really piss off your delusional neighbor.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   Paragoddess

    Has anybody thought to ask the PAN recipient if she burns incense? I had the police called out to my dorm because I burned incense and my RA thought it was pot. Also, if the smell is permeating through the bathroom vent, the source could be strong smelling tea tree based soaps and shampoos. Furthermore, if they are “hippie” in nature or have dreadlocks, they may use pajouli spray to cover any unpleasant smell.
    Furthermore, being a forensic science graduate, the “sniff test” is not taught in CSI class. Even a 30 year health care professional should know that the “sniff test” is not reliable.
    Despite the very real possibility of donning the unitard, ‘The misuse of capital E’s is fucking delicious!’

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #46.1   Amber

      No incense burning was going on in my apartment. The soap I used was lavender scented. :)

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.2   Rocky

      ….and by “pajouli,” Paragoddess, I’m sure you mean “patchouli”.

      Hey, wait, oops……..WP??? Paging the Penguin……!

      Team I Couldn’t Resist

      Dec 18, 2007 at 2:46 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.3   Juliet bang

      There’s no excuse for patchouli. Someone correct my spelling…

      Patchouli is NASTY. I had a cat that used to visit the bongo-drum playing hippies that lived across the street and would come home smelling like patchouli. And some evil, terrible person dumped some patchouli oil into our unfinished mailbox at work and each day when we go to get the mail, I hold my breath. According to my colleagues the mailbox has smelled of patchouli for years and shows no signs of relenting.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.4   GhostWriter bang

      Paragoddess should not remain conveniently unpunished- “Capital E’s” fer Chrissake?

      You Must Wear The Unitard.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.5   Paragoddess

      I must say again. DAMN YOU GOOGLE AND YOUR INABILITY TO HELP ME CORRECTLY SPELL!!!!!

      And here I thought I got away free and clear for being the new girl.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 4:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.6   summer

      you mean spell correctly.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 7:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.7   park rose bang

      The adverb can go either side of that verb, though 46.6 is more common.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 10:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.8   park rose bang

      Ghostwriter, 46.4, I could be wrong on what you’re pointing out, but there is a convention to use an apostrophe when meaning is sometimes not clear, or it used just as a convention -
      For example:
      He is in his 50′s. Though nowadays, 50s is more common. It was thought to make something easier to read. The 1990′s as opposed to the 1990s.

      I too might have used an apostrophe as Paragoddess did. Also times when apostrophes often aren’t used, such as public names, i.e. Kings Park.

      If your point is that the E is a capital…then I’m a little bit lost. I know you know your stuff, so maybe I’m just not getting it.

      The pedant. :-)

      Dec 19, 2007 at 5:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.9   GhostWriter bang

      As we celebrate the holidays, we must remember to remain vigilant, for…

      We Are At War

      No, not the War on Terror; that is being fully funded and handled overseas. Terror should be begging our forgiveness by Christmas (unless we lose the War on Christmas, in which case we’ll all be casualties of the War of Drugs)
      But never mind that! Our War, that we must win, is the War on Fuckin’ Delicious. We have two weapons; the Rating selector, the threat of the Unitard, and our ever-present sarcasm to berate submitters. THREE weapons.

      Occasionally, one will get by us. It’s unavoidable; there are things in this world that are, quite simply, fuckin’ delicious. But “Capital E’s” fer Chrissake? Who eats a capital E? …and even if you did, how could it possibly taste fuckin’ delicious? I’ve bit into a vitamin E capsule before; they taste terrible! One can only imagine how much worse a capital E must taste.

      For her wanton disregard in the usage of banned taste descriptors as pertaining to, um… capital letters, I sentence Paragoddess to a bright orange Guantanamo unitard (and indirectly question her patriotism.)

      Dec 19, 2007 at 8:16 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.10   park rose bang

      Ok – got it.
      :-)
      Might taste capital, wot eh? Gonna scamper now.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 8:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.11   Suhayla

      The sniff test is not reliable. I live with a nurse who swears she smells the neighbours smoking pot, but I’m pretty sure it’s cigarettes — not that cigarettes are any better… but I cannot argue with a woman with a 30+ year career in health care – I won’t even try.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 9:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.12   anglophile bang

      All this talk about E’s has reminded me of The Electric Company.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 10:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #47   Paragoddess

    Maybe she confused lavender with ganga. Who knows, they are both weeds!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #47.1   Rocky

      ……and by “ganga” I’m sure you mean “ganja” because while the Ganges River (Ganga in Hindi) probably does have its own particular odor, I’ll bet that that smell would never be mistaken for ganja by a 30 year professional health career person ….oh, never mind.

      Unitards all around.

      BTW, IMHO, the note writer should seek out a health CARE professional for her previously diagnosed (above) brain tumor…So much for her 30 year record of being professionally healthy. Easy come, easy go.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 2:51 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #47.2   Paragoddess

      Ganja. Damn you google and your misspellings! Why didn’t I go with other names such as: Wacky Weed, Mary Jane, Dope, Bud, Reefer, Chronic. I can spell those, just don’t ask how I know what they are.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 4:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #47.3   Rocky bang

      Paragoddess: Points for you (OK, technically “point”)!
      Just filling in for Wandering Penguin (but not nearly as wittily) who seems strangely absent.

      I’ll take as much Wacky Weed, Mary Jane, Dope, Bud, Reefer, and Chronic you got (but only if spelled correctly of course)!

      Kidding, naturally.

      Reporting myself to overuseofparenthesis.com right now.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 7:21 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #47.4   WanderingPenguin bang

      Perhaps I should change my name to “Bullwinkle” since you are always helping me out of scrapes when I am absent, Rocky. :D Keep up the good fight!!!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 8:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #48   Jo

    “Having a 10+ year career in the Neurology Profession, I would like to remind her that phantom odors and paranoia can be a symptom of brain tumor.”

    Isn’t smelling phantom odors also a sign of a stroke?

    Dec 18, 2007 at 12:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #48.1   anglophile bang

      Not to get all medical and all, but also some migraine sufferers can experience olfactory hallucinations.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 12:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.2   Paragoddess

      Maybe the writer is experiencing “parosmia” where one’s mind alters smells. For instance, one could be smelling pot when the smell could really be warm brownies! =)

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:48 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.3   GVI bang

      Warm pot brownies.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 4:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.4   WanderingPenguin bang

      And by “parosmia” I am sure you meant…. oh, wait, that’s right. :) Never mind!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 7:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.5   Canthz_B bang

      Technically, parosmia is “any disorder of the sense of smell.” ICD9 Code 781.1 (306.7 if psychogenic in origin).
      I suppose you mean 306.7…It works for me! :-)

      Dec 18, 2007 at 8:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.6   30+ Year Health Professional

      Technically, it’s one of MANY disorders of the sense of smell, as you can see if you look up the 781.1 code you mentioned. The second part was correct, though.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 8:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.7   Canthz_B bang

      My quote was from “The Bantam Medical Dictionary” so I stick by it…and “any” and “one of many” are about the same since 781.1 is listed under symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions. However, if one were to do this as a medical biller would be trained to do it, one would first look up the term in the alphabetical index of the ICD which is what would lead one to 781.1. It also applies to disorders of taste BTW, clearly a non-specific Dx code, but the comment contained a specific Dx. ;-)
      I lost my Tabers some time ago, you might be looking there. No real difference, right?

      Dec 18, 2007 at 10:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.8   paragoddess

      Wow, I have many things memorized, but billing codes do not make the list! Maybe I should make that a priority, switching careers and all. CSI turned Paramedic.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 8:47 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #49   the sos

    not to get all psychiatrical and all, but some nut-bags just make shit up. really.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 1:01 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #49.1   amy d bang

      psychiatrical….I like it.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 1:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #50   Paragoddess

    Not all koo koos are in clocks.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 1:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Susanna

    Sounds like someone needs to curb their Yankee Candle addiction.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 1:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   snowy

    Somebody’s mad they weren’t invited…

    Dec 18, 2007 at 2:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Sarah

    I like that this is written at 4 am. What the hell was she doing awake?!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 2:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #53.1   the sos

      i live next door to her. i think i sneezed one night while snorting my nose-candy and some of it must have found it’s way into her apartment via the non-connected air ducts. no wait, that wasn’t me.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 2:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #53.2   Juliet bang

      This is the main question I’ve had as well.

      Maybe there are serious mental health issues at hand.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #54   Paragoddess

    “…if there is drug use going on that affects other tenant’s right to clean air, other steps may be taken to ensure it…”
    1.) Are we ensuring the right to clean air or drug use that imposes on that right?
    2.) Was there a meeting in which everybody decided that they were against contact highs?
    3.) Furthermore, are we ensuring just one tentant’s rights or all tenants’?
    4.) Lastly, I thought her 30+ years in the health care profession gave her the ability to sniff out drugs. What is this “if”!

    Team YAY NEW GIRL

    Dec 18, 2007 at 2:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   GhostWriter bang

    Mr. Crankstone slowly pulled back the sheets of his bed. Mrs. Crankstone was fast asleep, and he didn’t want to wake her, especially right now.

    But she did awaken, and her big accusing round eyes seemed to ask Mr. Crankstone, “What are you doing out of bed at 4 AM?”

    “I just went to the bathroom,” stammered Mr. Crankstone. He tried not to breathe in her general direction as he climbed back into their bed.

    Mrs. Crankstone closed her eyes for a few seconds, but then snapped back awake, eyes wide open, and simply stated, “I smell pot!”

    Was now the time for Mr. Crankstone to come clean? Should he admit to his near-nightly habit of sneaking into their 2nd bedroom/office and blowin’ chiba while surfing short porno clips from Twistys.com? “Would she be madder about the pot or the porn?” he wondered.

    “It must be that girl downstairs…” croaked Mr. Crankstone, his lips pursed, letting as little air out of his mouth as possible. “It probably comes right up our common ventilation system .” Mr. Crankstone was surprised that, in his current state of inebriation, he thought up such an excellent lie so quickly. “Let her take the heat,” he thought, “Didn’t I just clean up her dog’s turd off our stairs last week?”

    Dec 18, 2007 at 2:52 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #55.1   Rocky bang

      EXCELLENT GW!!!! You rate a “6″ with me….
      The neat tie in with historic PAN is just gravy on an already excellent meal!

      (I had the munchies, after all!)

      Pardon me while I report this comment to overuseofexclamationpoints.com

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #55.2   amy d bang

      Beautifully written, GW.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #55.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      Brilliant. :) Pure genius!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 8:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #56   Paragoddess

    I love it when there is someone who can make such a hysterical connection between PAN.

    I really have to stop reading these at work. I just spewed very tasty Mc Donalds iced coffee out my nose.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 3:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   Jodi Blaze

    If the neighbor doesn’t think drug use is in the plan for a lovely holiday season, they got another thing coming

    Dec 18, 2007 at 4:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #57.1   amy d bang

      Another time when your screen name just “fits”.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #58   drinless

    team ‘immediately begin doing as many drugs as possible’.

    creative story, GW.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 4:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Stella

    I love the “all?” in parenthesis. It’s so… considerate.

    I recently discovered this site, by the way (courtesy of clutterchonny’s links), and I’m so very glad.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 4:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Canthz_B bang

    This one time at band camp there was a strange smell coming through the vent we shared with an adjacent cabin.
    My counselor was going to investigate, but suddenly decided we should spent the night eating S’mores instead. I think I did something nasty with my French Horn…but that’s all hazy now…

    Dec 18, 2007 at 5:36 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   David

    She must have gotten a contact high. In fact, it was so good a high, that she thought it was still 2006 (check the date).

    Now that’s good weed!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 6:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   Canthz_B bang

    I’m pretty sure Sacramento has a public bus system, delivery trucks and cars on the streets.
    If neighbor can breath the exhaust from that 24/7, maybe lighten up a bit on a possible good night’s sleep buzz.
    Get real. If you want fresh air, buy an ionizer.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 7:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   Maria

    I love the fact that she put “4:00am” on there, I guess something’s been bugging her sleeping habits.

    Dec 18, 2007 at 8:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   saisei

    Hm….I’ve only been in the health care field for 12 years…

    Pretty sure I could identify weed-smell (ah…the sweet skunkiness)..

    Maybe she’s upset about the contact high munchies…gained a lot of weight, maybe? (I wonder if her 30+ years in health care could help at all with that? Diet, exercise…less brownies?)

    Dec 18, 2007 at 8:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   amazon bang

    Maybe Rene Hall is causing the smoke.

    And she forgot to thank Terry!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 8:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   secondsout

    Dear Concerned Neighbor,

    Hi back! Thanks for your concern. I do have a personal problem. It is not illicit drug use, though. It is a neurotic neighbor who is skulking around my apartment, leaving nasty notes. It’s really freaking me out!

    A lovely holiday season to you and yours, too. Bitch.

    Regards,
    Your neighbor

    Dec 18, 2007 at 9:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   secondsout

    BTW, did anyone notice that with the comment about “passive abuse,” her complaint about other tenant’s rights, and the note itself, that she managed the trifecta of a passive-aggressive note, unnecessary quotation marks, and apostrophe abuse? Well done, Concerned Neighbor!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 9:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   Writer, Rejected

    I had a friend who lived this woman once in NYC who used to write CRAZY notes all the time. Turns out she thought my friend and her roommates were sending radiocative rays through the ceiling at her, so she put down an entire carpet of aluminum foil to protect herself. (Everyone knows aluminum is a natural foil to radiation.)

    Anyway, I feel a little bad for the concerned neighbor, as I always do around the mentally ill, though I must say this is a fine PAN holiday specimen, olfactory hallucinations or not.

    And as we said in college, “Harsh BT’s, dude,” meaning bong tokes. Guess, we were a bunch of crazy damn kids having some holiday fun!

    Dec 18, 2007 at 9:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   amy d bang

    Perhaps this neighbor *could* smell what the Rock was cooking or maybe it was just teen spirit.

    Dec 19, 2007 at 10:24 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   robins

    who tf writes like that?

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   Kelly

    You think that’s funny, but this actually happened to my husband and me in our last apartment before we bought our house. We had marijuana smoke coming in through our bathroom vents. My husband actually had to open the vents up and put in pieces of cardboard to block the fumes. We wouldn’t have dared leave these people a note, though. They were too creepy/scary.

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   bobby

    maybe she left one for everyone.

    Jul 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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  • #74   a canning haze

    I don’t understand why the author mentions a career as a health professional. Is part of med school sampling the illicit drugs which one might encounter in detox patients?

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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