There comes a time when enough is enough

February 15th, 2013 · 127 comments

For a while now, our submitter in Australia says his neighbors — a couple in their mid-40s — have been complaining about his family’s “excessive noise.” It started, he says, with complaints about the sounds generated by their pool filter and their dryer.

“We accommodated by turning the filter off at night and reducing usage of the dryer,” he says, “but it escalated to them complaining about us talking inside our house with all the windows closed and the air conditioner running (during the day, mind you). Then they began coming over, literally banging on our door, complaining that the kids were being too loud while playing outside.”

David says the neighbors also started calling to complain to the real estate company from whom his family rents the house. The company’s response, below, made for a satisfying conclusion to the whole affair.

Dear Madam, RE: HARRASSMENT [sic] OF TENANTS IN [redacted]: Further to your calls to our office to complain that the tenants of the property next door to you have been making noise, please not the following: 1) Children are allowed to play, laugh, scream, etc. during the day in their own backyard. 2) Occupants of any house are allowed to run their air conditioner whenever they see fit. 3) Noise is allowed on any property between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Should you feel the noise from the air conditioner is excessive you have the right to lodge a written complaint with the Health Dept. at the local council office so that they can come out to check the decibel level. If you continue to approach the neighbours in an annoying manner they may be forced to seek legal advice regarding harassment issues. We all have to learn to get along together and the tenants next door have tried to accommodate you, within reason, but there comes a time when enough is enough. Please do not contact us again about this issue until you have had a Council officer attend to check the noise levels. Yours sincerely, [redacted]

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127 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Islay

    Best landlords ever?
    The only thing I would have added (as I often wish I could tell people that complain about noise at the hotel I work at) to this lovely letter is: Have you tried earplugs? They work. Very well.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 1:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Brian H

      My company had a HOA client. The Pres and VP of the board was a husband and wife, childless and they always complained about kids and noise. It was during the day. They also didn’t want kids playing in the park area which was supposed to be for the kids. They even complained when kids played in the street.

      I know they had a rule about unaccompanied kids playing in the park but little kids not hurting nothing is different from a gang of punk teenagers trying to intimidate residents. During our contract renewal we basically had it out with the board and told them they were stupid and left.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   bees

      I learned to love earplugs when I lived with a ridiculous number of roommates. Made for a much more harmonious household.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   shepd

      You had me up to kids playing in the street. That always bothers me because all it takes it one distracted driver and you end up with a dead child and a homeowner in jail. Parents really should try to keep their children from playing in the street not because it’s noisy or annoying, but because their children could end up as road pizza.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 2:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   redheadwglasses

      But like the saying goes, bad pizza is better than no pizza.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Bubbles

      I had to do this exact thing, after 6 months of daily calls, knocks, and banging, by the time the neurotic woman downstairs asked me to STOP MOVING MY KItCHEN CHAIRS (i.e. when sitting down to eat) I wrote a Registered Letter to the landlord complaining of her harassment.

      When her boyfriend then threatened me on the intercom, I called the police for assault.

      I did not press charges but it stopped cold after that.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Gwan

    7 pm’s still pretty early for silent time to start…

    Feb 15, 2013 at 4:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Raichu

      7AM is pretty early for it to start too. 9AM-9PM would make a lot more sense.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 10:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   pooham

      I agree. Occasionally (very rarely in fact) I am awakened by the sound of my neighbor using his power saw at 7AM on a Saturday morning.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   pooham

      And in my city quiet hours are 10PM to 7AM.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   shepd

      If you’re working 9-5 and end up having to work overtime, you might just have to run your snowblower in the morning. Sucks, but if you don’t get the snow off the sidewalk within 24 hours where I am you get a ticket + the city plows it themselves (at whatever ungodly rate they charge, probably $200+ an hour) and bills you for it.

      Sure, a shovel works some days. Last week the snow drifts were above the hood of my Jeep. Yes, you really do need a snowblower or a plow in that weather.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 2:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   a-Arialist

      I’m always surprised by people who think 7am is early. Where do you work? I, and everyone else I know, am already on the train to work at 7am, having been up at least an hour.

      Are working hours in the US different, or does everyone magically work really close to where they live and not have to commute, or something?

      Feb 18, 2013 at 3:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Dan

      Right, because EVERYONE works business hours. I must imagine getting home from work after midnight for most of my shifts.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 4:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   Min

      7am is early for those who don’t work 8 to 4 – pretty simple. There’s plenty of people who work 9 to 5, I personally work 9:30 to 5:30 right now (this is about as ideal as it gets for me). And there’s the whole section of the workforce people LOVE to forget that work at retail and restaurant locations from 4pm until 11 or 12 at night, and the even more forgotten workers that do third shift.

      Basically, I haven’t worked a job that requires me to get up at 7 am my entire life. Only school has tortured me thus – I had to get up at 6:20 back then.

      As a side note, anything before 10 am is “early” to me, regardless of what it is.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 10:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   L

      Several days a month, I wake up at 4:30 am. I’ve been awake since 6am this morning.


      Because I am not a morning person and I am usually only awake that early because I am either being paid or I am having an insomnia stretch and that makes me kind of cranky.

      Also sometimes I end up going to bed at like 8pm (hey, 4:30am wakeup call) so a 7pm noise limit is kind of nice. Especially if you’re in a residential area where a lot of people have kids.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.9   Clumber

      My work hours are 5am-330pm. I am not a morning person and never have been. This schedule is entirely so I can have as few hours as possible when my asshat boss is there.

      Noise – honestly I *generally assume that the beholder of noise is the one responsible for stopping it, so – earplugs. Kids play and overall I’d rather they play outside as noisily as they wish. And I dislike children. Bitching about normal life noises is absurd. When I was around 9 years old our neighbor was one of these folks who complained about “noise” as often as possible. One Saturday afternoon I was in my room and my dad was in his workshop (happened to be in the basement below my bedroom) and the neighbor SCREAMED out the window “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU BUILDING?! A DAMN BOAT?!!” My awesome Daddy yelled back, “Nope! I’m building a rocket to send you to the MOON!!!”
      I love my Daddy. And that was totally out of his usual mellow non-confrontational character.

      Same neighbor would turn the hose on us kids if we dared walk on the public sidewalk in front of his house.

      *exception – my dogs. It’s our problem if our dogs are barking.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 8:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   paul

    islay – people are paying to be at the hotel. so they expect to get what the paid for…..

    Feb 15, 2013 at 5:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Danielle

      True, but you can’t move the highway, or stop other guests from walking down hallways – common complaints when I worked in hospitality.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 7:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   makfan bang

      I always carry earplugs for traffic noise, airport noise, etc. But I will complain to the desk if people are slamming doors and partying at midnight.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 9:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Raichu

      lol, people complained about the highway? What the hell did they expect? “Excuse me sir/ma’am, can you turn off the highway for a few hours? We need to sleep.” A good response would be “What highway? The one you drove here on?”

      Feb 15, 2013 at 10:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   AMoparGirl

      I had a railyard in my back yard growing up & now have a highway 50 yards away. Pussies!

      Feb 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   JamiSings bang

      The library I work at is small so you can hear a gnat fart from the other side. This guy wrote a long letter complaining about how noisy we are. The letter included complaints about the sounds of the doors opening and closing, being able to hear people in the bathroom, and the sound of traffic from outside.

      I can only imagine it’s much worse for hotel people. He’s the only one who’s ever complained like that. Every other patron understands the library was built in 1966 and the architect was likely smoking pot when he designed the place because it’s so poorly designed for a library.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   Kimberly

      I used to work at a the front desk of a hotel and one of my shifts was the day after one of the Righteous Brothers was found dead in his room. A guest complained to me about hearing radios and other noises in the hallway. I apologized and told her that we unfortunately had s serious situation and she was like “Oh yeah, I heard about that guy that died.” I’m so sorry that his death inconvenienced you.

      Feb 19, 2013 at 11:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Kay

    Perhaps blur out the name of the town a little bit more as it’s obvious what it is.

    Then again, what are the odds of three people from this state being on the Internet?

    Feb 15, 2013 at 5:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   tch tch

    That really looks like “Mandurah” under the Professionals header. If the neighbour only has noise to worry about in that city, they’re doing pretty well.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 5:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Kay

      So it’s not just me, then. Why blur it out if you can still read it?

      Feb 15, 2013 at 6:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   The Elf

    Well damn. Talk about a smackdown. I love every bit of this letter. I would totally frame it.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 7:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Brian

    Perfect response. Concise, direct, but not unprofessional.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 7:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Andy

    That is awesome! You know it’s not in America because here the family would have been evicted or the complainer would have won a huge lawsuit against the family.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 7:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Sarah TX

      Yeah, no. Most municipalities in the US have set quiet hours and acceptable decibel levels. Children playing in the backyard during the day and ACs running during the day or night would not be cause for action in any place I’ve lived in the US.

      Judges aren’t dumb. Someone who would sue based on these complaints is probably already known as a judicial nuisance.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 8:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   makfan bang

      We do seem to think that people can SUCCESSFULLY sue over anything. It really isn’t true. While we are litigation happy and there certainly are some famous cases that leave one shaking one’s head, most frivolous suits don’t even get past the lawyer’s office, much less the judge’s chambers.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 9:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   redheadwglasses

      You can file a lawsuit for just about any reason you want in the U.S. But it still has to be certified by a judge to continue through the court systems.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 11:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   H for Toy

    Professionals, indeed. This is awesome!

    Feb 15, 2013 at 8:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   SeeYouInTea

    I agree with everything the notewriter said. However, if those kids are outside screaming, that would be so annoying. My neighbor’s kids use to come outside and play their instruments (a tuba and a trumpet) everyday for a few hours. They would also scream at the top of their lungs for no reason at all. These same assholes broke the window on the side of our house three times!
    I’m not against kids playing outside, but damn at least be considerate of the rest of the neighborhood.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 8:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   H for Toy

      They probably scream and play their instruments outside because their mother won’t let them do it inside. Seems like kids need to be loud at least once a day, for some reason, and mom is not going to put up with it indoors every day. The window thing, though… once, maybe, but three times?! There needs to be some not-allowed-to-touch-a-baseball-for-the-next-10-years grounding at that house.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 9:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Raichu

      That certainly is obnoxious, but it’s on the parents, not the kids. They should be teaching kids that there’s a line to draw – screaming for no reason isn’t really acceptable.

      And re: instruments – they wouldn’t let the kids play inside? If your kids need to practice an instrument you need to give them a place to practice, sheesh. My mom always made me practice my horn in the basement, but it wasn’t outside where it would bother everybody.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 10:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   kermit

      Tea, you laugh now but in a few years you’ll be shelling out hundreds of dollars for concert tickets to hear them yell at the top of their lungs at the Grammy’s. How do you think that Mylie Cyrus and that Bieber boob got started, if not by annoying the hell out of their neighbors?

      Feb 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   StephM

      @Raichu: My mom forced me to play the clarinet and wouldn’t let me practice indoors because she was sleeping, or outdoors because she was afraid I’d drop it. Some parents are really stupid.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   L

      The kid I baby-sit, I had a talk with her and her friend once that you don’t scream when you’re outside because a.) you don’t know whose asleep b.) it’s rude and no one wants to hear that and c.) what if you need help and no one comes because they think you’re only fooling around?

      Feb 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Mary

    I want to move to Australia and rent a house from these landlords!!!!

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Joe Blow

    I’m on team note-submitters, except for the kids screaming in the backyard thing. You should still be considerate of your neighbors, including things like making a bunch of noise outside to where they can hear you in their house.

    Our next door neighbors, who we genuinely like, have a little yappy dog that comes out through his doggy door and barks at us constantly every single time we’re in the backyard — it gets old *really* fast. I’ve taken to spraying him with the hose whenever I’m back there by myself..

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   redheadwglasses

      I don’t think the LW’s kids are screaming. He’s already shown that he takes their ridiculous demands too seriously by using the dryer less and by turning off the pool filter at night. I’ve had a pool, my inlaws have a pool, I’ve been around other pools — the filters are not that noisy.

      The fact that he was accommodating on the unreasonable demands tells me he’s not a guy who allows his children to run around screaming in the back yard.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 11:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Qkat

      Dogs bark. It’s their nature. If you were my neighbor Joe Blow, you’d need surgery to remove that hose.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Who passed out the Haterade?

      “Dogs bark. It’s their nature.”

      Babies cry. It’s their nature.

      Drunks coming out of a bar at 2am often caterwaul, pick fights, etc. It’s their nature.

      Saying that something is “nature” isn’t an excuse for being inconsiderate and not at least trying to minimize how much others are exposed to irritating noises. If your dog is constantly barking, it doesn’t matter that you aren’t bothered by it – it’s going to bother other people, just like a screaming baby or a loud, boisterous drunk.

      Should Joe hose down someone else’s dog without at least trying to talk to the owners about giving it aversive conditioning to yapping its head off? No. But he does have a right to be irritated.

      Feb 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   shepd

      Since it’s in a dog’s nature to bark, then by nature, they’re not an appropriate animal to possess where that barking would be a problem.

      This means, just like any other property you own that is annoying as hell, you should cease to own it. Of course, pissing the dog off by spraying it isn’t smart, either.

      At least with children there’s the whole “Need children to keep the species going” thing plus the “children aren’t property” thing. :) It’s also illegal to sell your children if they’re annoying (Oh, I’m sure there’s lots of parents that wish they could, though) and it’s rather difficult to just give them away, too–which means everyone is stuck with them once they have them.

      What I’m saying is if you have dogs that won’t shut up, and they’re in violation of noise law, if someone complains about it, a judge will have the dogs removed from your property by force, and he’ll remind you that you don’t put property that won’t stop making noise outside all night. And when you say “it’s in their nature” he’ll say “It’s in the nature of a stereo system to be loud and annoying, and that’s why you don’t play one outside at night. Your property, your responsibility.”.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 3:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   Joe Blow

      “Dogs bark. It’s their nature. If you were my neighbor Joe Blow, you’d need surgery to remove that hose.”

      Yeah, I want to see that.

      But, anyway, every single time you step into your back yard, to have a dog bark at you every second…you find that ok?

      I have two dogs, they don’t do that. The dog that lives next door to us on the other side, he doesn’t do that.

      I have no remedy to shut this dog up. But I can’t use my back yard without having this dog at the fence barking at me relentlessly. I don’t want to piss off my neighbors, but I also don’t want to have to deal with the stupid barking dog. So I just piss off the dog. Honestly, you spray him with the hose a couple times, he gets the message.

      What else am I supposed to do?

      Feb 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   Chinchillazilla

      My dog has an annoying habit of barking at people when he wants attention (indoors – I stop him outside, of course). As soon as the guest acknowledges him, he settles down. It’s a terrible habit we’re trying to break him of, but maybe you could try being nice to the dog instead of spraying it. It might just be lonely. At the very least it might settle down once it knows you a little better.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 3:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.7   Joe Blow

      I’ve tried to pet him through the fence — he bites you. He’s perfectly fine if we actually go over to the neighbors’ house and play with him in person, but through the fence, he’s a total asshole. I mean, I *love* dogs, but I haven’t found anything that will stop him from barking at us…except the hose.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 9:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.8   Joe Blow

      Weird, all the smartasses left when it came down to offering real advice..

      Feb 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   oi

    There is a god! There is a god!

    It seems like he is old though. Silence by 7 pm? Dinner must be at 4!

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   L

      When I wake up at 4:30, there are days I go to bed by 8pm. So, yeah, sometimes dinner is at 4 or 5. If you’re in a residential area where there are a lot of kids, I don’t think 7 is that unreasonable.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   nativefloridian

    This couple seems to have superhuman hearing if they can hear their neighbors talking in another house through closed windows. They should find a way to use this power for good. Or at least profit.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   The Elf

      Anyone see the old BBC mini-series “I, Claudius”? In the “Zeus, By Jove” episode, Caligula claims to hear his cousin’s coughing all the way across the palace. It bothers him so! Finally, because he is a God (we’re not), he manages to cure his cough and bring the palace peace – by having the boy beheaded.

      Maybe it would be best to keep those kids indoors, if you get my drift.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   nikki

    I need to find a landlord like this. In my last apartment I had a super hawkish landlord who actually made up noise complaints for me because my neighbors had kids and I think she didn’t like them. We lived in a block of townhouses with a couple of unrented homes in the middle so my neighbor’s kids would often come out in the mostly-empty front parking lot to ride their little big wheels and skate boards around. I didn’t really care because I usually worked until after dark and I keep a fan on in my room for white noise but every time I came in to pay the rent she’d pester me about whether it was bothering us, seemingly wanting me to complain. She’d always assure me she was telling them to keep it down. They moved out not long afterward… I wonder why?

    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   redheadwglasses

    ” The company’s response, below, made for a satisfying conclusion to the whole affair.”

    Um, I really don’t think this is going to be the conclusion.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   aussie1

      it will be. over here when you rent, if you find that your time renting a place is obstructed or interferred with and you dont enjoy your renting time due to arsehole neighbours, you can take them to the tribunal for damages.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   kermit

      You can take your jerk neighbours and/or landlord to court just about everywhere.

      The thing is that it’s a huge time (and potential money) investment that it’s not worth it. By the time the court hears your case, makes a decision and follows up with enforcement, a LONG time has passed.

      For your own sanity, it’s just easier to move somewhere else.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   Ava

      Possibly yes to the time invested, definitely not to the money. Rental tribunal does not cost $

      Feb 16, 2013 at 3:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.4   kermit

      If you’re asking for monetary damages, I assume that it would cost you some lawyer fees and/or court fees. If you just want them to stop harassing you, it probably doesn’t cost anything.

      Besides, once you’ve taken your neighbor to the tribunal, the relationship is permanently damaged and you’re probably better off moving anyway if you want peace and quiet.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 11:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.5   aussie1

      you take them to the tribunal, the fee is $30.

      you represent yourself, they dont require lawyers…

      Feb 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.6   Tarmz

      aussie1 is right. And with the amended Residential Tenancies Act (in NSW at least), Tribunal is much, much more likely to side with the tenant than the neighbour, even if said neighbour is a home owner.

      And this is your friendly neighbourhood real estate agent signing out. ;)

      Feb 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Nope

    While I agree that kids should be allowed to play and what not, there is such a thing as too much noise or overly loud playing, despite what most parents seem to think. Not every child is a perfect little angel, contrary to popular belief. I know I wasn’t when I was a kid. When you’re in a living space where it’s considered close quarters, i.e. apartment, hotel, etc., the general rule to follow is if your noise can be heard in the hallway with your doors/windows closed then it’s too loud. I don’t care if it’s 9am, 9pm, 12pm, 12am, 2pm, 2am. Noise is noise. Some people don’t like excessive noise and shouldn’t be forced to be subjected to it just because they are in the “permitted” time period. The person who doesn’t like the noise only has 2 options then, get ear plugs or drive away somewhere else until the noise is over. And maybe with ear plugs you can still hear it, then you’re left with drive away. Why should they be forced to leave their home simply because of inconsiderate neighbors? I had a neighbor in my last apartment that liked to play either electric guitar or bass on an amplifier between 5-11pm. Yes technically they weren’t in violation of noise ordinances, but it was very loud & obnoxious and vibrated my walls and gave me a headache. I’m sorry, but when you when you live in an apartment complex, you don’t get to use amplifiers. If you need to practice, that’s fine, just go somewhere else to do it. I wore headphones whenever I watched TV or played a game. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to expect others to be considerate as well.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Tracey

      I love how everyone is all, “No way the pool filter is that loud, they can’t possibly hear them talking inside, the A/C is normal noise but those kids yeah, I just KNOW those dirty, rotten little mongrels are outside screaming bloody murder all day every day!”

      Feb 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   outoutout

      Well, I think this is why there needs to be some clearly spelt-out rules in these types of places. My definition of excessive noise may not be the same as yours; I may be hard of hearing and/or you may be overly sensitive to certain sounds.

      One thing I learned from living in communal situations over the years is that noise happens – it’s just part of the territory. Earplugs really do help; there are lots of different types you can try. So do white-noise machines and noise-cancelling headphones. You can also try talking to your neighbours and *nicely* let them know it’s bothering you. Many times people honestly have no idea, and are happy to accommodate.

      As far as “I shouldn’t have to…”, that’s true, but we don’t live in a perfect world and life’s not fair. Sad fact is, unless the neighbour is actually violating a rule/law, then it’s your problem, not theirs. If you try everything and you honestly can’t deal, then it’s probably time to look for a new place.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.3   Seanette

      At least where I live, there are maximum permitted noise levels at any time of day (the limit does vary a bit depending on what time it is). You may well have had grounds to complain to the police about violation of local noise ordinances.

      Feb 16, 2013 at 6:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   outoutout

    Heh, The Professionals used to be our property managers. I wonder if it’s the same office. The lady who runs it was truly awesome, and that note sounds exactly like her. Great read. Oh, and totally Team Note Writer.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   Tofutefisk

    People need to lighten up. Children need to play. Children have been playing for time immemorial. It is most certainly not inconsiderate for parents to let their children have a good time outdoors. People who are extremely bothered by the natural sounds of children playing need to choose where they live more carefully. The problem is not with the family. The problem lies with the people who apparently can’t tolerate normal, everyday sounds.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   PinkPlaidRibbon

      I think the real problem is screaming shouldn’t be an everyday noise. Playing and laughing yes, but screaming? No. The one time the kids actually are in danger no one’s even going to bat an eyelash because they scream like banshees all the time anyway. Plus it’s definitely inconsiderate of your neighbors to be that loud unnecessarily.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   AMoparGirl

      Totally agree. When my niece & nephew are carrying on sometimes, she’ll scream this shrilling noise & she catches hell every damn time. And this is in the house, it makes your ears shut down it’s so damn loud. There’s no need for it any time any where.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   shepd

      I won’t tolerate screaming either, and I have a 3 year old girl. Of course she’s going to either test me or forget sometimes, but when that happens I always ask “What’s wrong?” That’s about all it takes for her to give me a look of “Oh, sorry daddy.” and I remind her that screaming is only acceptable when you’re scared or hurt. She has ended up in timeout over it a couple of times, but that’s not unexpected for her age.

      Seriously, you *can* discipline your children not to scream the entire time they’re playing. And you don’t even have to be nasty about it.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 3:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.4   pooka23

      I imagine it’s rather hard to find a normal urban or suburban area completely devoid of children, what with there being so many of them.

      And really, who DOES like screaming children? As others have mentioned, it’s perfectly possible to teach your children appropriate sound levels. What I hear too often though is, “why don’t you move to the woods where there’s nobody at all, you humbug.” Should we ALL move there then aside from the 12 people in the world who actually like screaming?

      Feb 18, 2013 at 10:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   person

    I live in a home where I share one wall with my neighbor. She complains about every.little.noise. It used to stress me out until she stopped me on the sidewalk as I was coming home and dragged me inside to “investigate” this “noise” that she swore kept her up the entire night. It was a very faint clicking noise. I realized that it was the ceiling fan I have at the top of my staircase in my house.

    Ever since then, I stopped taking her seriously. If you are going to complain about the sound of a CEILING FAN running, you will complain about anything.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Joshua Akins

      I totally agree that you shouldn’t take your neighbor seriously…too an extent. For some reason, I also am kept awake by the sound of a clicking ceiling fan…any rhythmic noise for that matter, no matter how barely perceptible. Once I hear it, I can’t stop hearing it and have to either turn it off or adjust the balance to keep it from clicking. I would probably be kept up at night like her, but I would never say anything to you knowing it is irrational.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   pooham

      Joshua that’s funny b/c some people find repetitive sounds soothing. Like the ticking of a clock, or even watch.

      My snoring doesn’t bother my sister. She actually finds it comforting…reminds her off her son and reassures her that someone is in the house with her.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   SilentPsycho

      A former neighbour of mine used to have a van parked out the front that beeped every second. Just a single beep, but loud enough for me to hear through closed windows, and loud enough to keep me awake. Drove me nuts!

      Feb 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.4   pooham

      What kind of person misses a huge hint like my neighbor’s name is SilentPsycho?

      Feb 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.5   TattyMatty

      I have a neighbour like that. At least she WAS like that. Talking at a completely normal level in our flat past 9pm and she’s banging on the wall screaming at us. She’s come upstairs before to literally yell at us for the talking (no yelling, no music, nothing unreasonable), which was apparently “incredibly loud” and disturbing her sleep. We had to resort to wearing headphones to watch movies on our laptop in bed at night, because she could apparently hear every single sound coming from the very quiet laptop. She even called the police and their response to her was very similar to what the landlords did in this letter. We haven’t heard a peep from her since! Her calling the police was the best thing that could have happened.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   tammy

    For a family vacation, my cousins (40′s-50′s) and my parents (76 & 82 yo) rented a house with a pool, on a river for vacation last year. Before the town’s noise law of 9 pm, 3 of us jumped in the pool. (44yo female, 50yo female, 76 yo female-speaking, not children screaming-no children in the house) I believe it was 830p when the neighbor opened his window to yell out, that he understood we were on vacation, but he was an important surgeon who had surgery at 6 am, and our other neighbor was a lawyer with a small child in the house) NO LIE, it was 830pm. and we know other renters were partiers because of graffiti inside the closets from post-prom renters.
    We were not being obnoxious. We apologized, and went in the house.
    Needless to say, we were asked by the owner not to rent with him again. LOL

    Feb 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   AMoparGirl

      I’da yelled back “Then you better get to bed”. And I would have remained for as long as I’d like.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   Melanie

      Sorry, but I think maybe you’re the one being a little unreasonable. What he was trying to say is that he’s a shift worker who doesn’t work regular hours and was asking for some consideration of that. If he has surgery at 6am, then he would have to arrive at work a little before then to prepare for it – he wouldn’t just walk in the door then straight into surgery. Add in the time it takes to get ready in the morning, drive in to work etc, he might be getting up around 3 or 4am, which doesn’t make 8:30pm seem so early to ask for noise reduction.

      He might have been a bit rude, but he had a valid request, especially given the nature of his work.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 3:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.3   redheadwglasses

      No. Shift workers DO have to suck it. I’ve been a shift worker, and it’s on us to deal with it.

      And surgery at 6 a.m.? no. he just has to be at the hospital at 6 a.m. And that’s NOT shift hours. That’s early regular hours.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.4   pooka23

      Why should it be on shift workers to deal with it? I understand that you took a job of your own accord, but the world needs shift workers to run smoothly. The rest of the world can make some concessions now and then.

      On the subject of being in pools at 8:30pm and being on vacation – pools have acoustics that often project even quiet noise quite loudly. Perhaps the last 3 nights the surgeon had his sleep ruined by partiers and snapped on the 4th night at you. But seeing as how the owner asked you to never come back, perhaps there were other unsavory things you did during your stay. Or the landlord thinks more highly of his always pays on time reliable surgeon. Or just…everyone’s assholes.

      Who knows!

      Feb 18, 2013 at 10:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.5   stranger

      I realized that opinions on this matter are based a lot on different experiences and tolerance levels, but I wanted to add my two cents.

      I work a graveyard shift. When I sleep it is usually between 9am and 5pm, unless I go to bed “late” or wake up “early” for something. Given that, I get to deal with lawnmowers, children, loud conversation, and whatever else life brings along.

      Do shift workers make the world go round? Sure. Should some restrictions be made to accommodate normal daytime workers. Yes. That’s polite. But beyond that? I feel as a society we need to be more tolerant of others and get away from this sense of entitlement that we have that others should be more considerate of our needs.

      A surgeon who values his sleep and is sensitive to noise should have already learned how to get by in these situations. Why should the vacationers have to dampen their plans when they are following city ordinances and not being excessively noisy on top of that. What if you live next to a police officer that regularly works 3rd shift or others who work odd hours in jobs that you deem important enough? Should you never be able to make noise?

      TLDR: Shift workers, regardless of their job should understand the nature of noise and its effect on his/her sleep and learn to get by.

      Feb 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.6   Vulpis

      Actually, the situation requires consideration on *both* sides–the worker does, to a certain extent, have to learn to deal with noise due to others being up an active when they aren’t (and vice versa)…on the other side, if you know your neighbor(s) work different hours, be considerate of *them*, too, and try to keep the noise in moderation. I live in a duplex apartment, and my neighbor often works night-shifts. I’m a quiet person by nature anyway, but I try to make sure I keep things turned down at night–we haven’t had a single problem in the years I’ve lived next to her.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 6:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Captain Hampton

    “Listen. What do you hear?”
    “I hear everything. You wrote that the neighbors don’t break the noise ordinance, but every day I hear people talking through their windows.”

    Feb 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Julia

    I have been working at a place which fields noise complaints for two years now, and this note is seriously one thing I can get on board with.

    We’d get them all.

    “They’re walking upstairs!” Good for them? Are we supposed to tell them not to walk inside their own apartment?

    “Kids are playing at 4PM on a Sunday!” Well yes, kids do play. This is Florida, there are 55+ communities all over the place. Please move to one.

    “They’re talking outside!” God forbid.

    My favorite calls are always the ones where the people are clearly having sex. Sorry you’re jealous that you aren’t getting any.

    Not sure why some people can’t just let other people live their lives.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   pooka23

      In the stairs defense, some people seem incapable of going up or down stairs without sounding like a herd of elephants. Still though, how often can a person go up and down?

      Well, just ask the family with 3 kids getting ready for school I suppose…

      EDIT: Haha I read “walking upstairs” as “walking up stairs”. I imagine you get noise complaints about stair-walking too though!

      Feb 18, 2013 at 10:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Lopi

    Our neighbours are a middle aged couple who should have statues made in their honour.
    They have been through three babies, two toilet training dramas, three teething episodes, crazy mum screaming, angry dad shouting at the kids, loud ethnic parties (ours), electric pruner happy handyman, various DIY projects, fighting little brothers and oh so much more. All through a common wall. And when I apologise for all the noise, they say, “Oohhhh, that’s all right, you’ve got kids.”

    Feb 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   mutzali

      We’re in single family homes. When our boys were little, we had neighbors like that. Now that we’re the middle-aged couple, the neighbors on the other side have kids. When they’re out in the wading pool on hot summer days (playing, occasionally shrieking), my husband keeps grumbling all day about how he should call the cops. I remind him that we had a trampoline in the back yard when ours were that age!

      Feb 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   dq

    I’m on the side of the complainer. There’s nothing worse than that high-pitched scream of children. I had an amazing terrace in Barcelona once but I could never enjoy it because a family with screaming children thought they had more rights than the 200-odd other households who lived in the surrounding apartments. Why should we have to wear ear plugs to sit on our terraces reading a book? Get throat plugs for the little screaming bastards.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Dan

      As has been pointed out, do you honestly think the person who complains about people talking in their own home with the windows closed is going to be objective about the amount and frequency of the noise being produced by kids? Honestly?

      And they’re goddamn kids. I don’t like children but even I can bloody well accept that its a part of their job description to be noisy.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   Craptastic

      I don’t agree at all, but “throat plugs” damn near killed me. You magnificent bastage.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   mouse

    Best landlords! If you can’t handle the sounds of kids playing, you should move to a community with no kids or buy some earplugs. The world doesn’t stop and start at your convenience, DONNY.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   PA Noter

    All the other complaints are nonsense but the screaming kids, it can get excessive. Reasonable is one thing, bloody murder, not so much.

    There was a boy on my block that used to scream at the top of his lungs at the bus stop(behind my fence line) for no apparent reason. This was during a time when there were news reports about a guy locally trying to abduct kids on their way to school.

    The first time he did it, I woke up and bolted outside because it sounded like he was being kidnapped. I go outside and the kids are fine. This happened on/off over the course of three weeks. One day I happen to be leaving for an early meeting across town and he does it again. I pulled up to the bus stop and told him and his brother to stop screaming every morning because people would think he was getting hurt. The very next day he did it again. This time I walked up to both of them and told them “Look, stop the screaming everyday or I am telling your mom and dad that you have been asked to stop and won’t. I am giving you a chance to fix this yourself so your parents do not have to know. Also, from now on I am gonna assume you are being kidnapped and will call the police. Have you heard of the story about the boy who cried wolf? Do we understand each other? ”

    The nodded and looked down at their feet in shame.

    But, they have not screamed since.

    When I was a kid, my neighbors corrected my bad behavior just like my parents did. If you do that today-watch out! You might get shot. LOL

    Feb 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   Zhopka

    Can I just make a totally unpopular comment about A/C units? That’s okay, I can take your rotten tomatoes. The thing is, everyone here dismissed them as absolutely normal, but has anyone ever heard those ancient primordial units that some houses still operate on?

    Our neighbors in DC have one. They run it ALL THE TIME. They run it in winter, they run it in lovely springtime, when we open our windows to get the spring air. They run it in the early and mid-fall. 60, 50, 40 degrees outside, they run it. I understand the earplug argument, but have you ever tried wearing earplugs 24/7? That hurts your ears by about 8th-9th hour, plus, you’re fairly disabled in your own house, and slightly off-balance because ears are linked to our sense of balance.

    I’ve thought of paying for them to upgrade their unit, since I don’t feel I can just demand it, but I simply can’t afford it. So we’re stuck listening to old metal screech. Every day. Every night. All yeaarrrr looong. Hell, I’ll take screaming kids over this anytime.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Joe Blow

      Yeah, no. It might be loud, but unless you’re going to replace it..

      Feb 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   Rachel of Cyberia

      Ones of my exes ran the AC all the time because he sweated a lot, and because he liked the “soothing” noise while he slept. Whereas I am chilled in summertime and hate noise when I’m trying to sleep.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   nurgleth

    The people complaining about noisy kids outside are the same people complaining about “kids these days” that are watching too much tv and playing too many video games and spending too much time on the pc.

    Also it’s interesting how everyone seems to accept that the submitters were trying to be reasonable with their noise level, but think that they for some reason would have overlooked kids screeching for hours.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Jeanine

    When we moved into our new house when I was a child our neighbor called to threaten police action because my brothers were playing on their grape arbor as they spoke.

    Only problem is my brothers were 2 and a newborn at the time. All the idiot knew was that their new neighbors had kids and they didn’t like it.

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   Jessi

    When I was a teenager, we had these two elderly neighbors who constantly called the cops on us because of noise disturbances. Their main complaint was that my brother practicing the various instruments he plays made it so loud that they couldn’t hear themselves think. Well, while it was true that you could he my brother practicing his drums if you were standing under the second story window of his semi-soundproofed music room, it was rarely loud enough to get into “noise disturbance” territory.

    The couple would literally stand directly under that window (on our property) with a decibel monitor, and the instant his drum playing went temporarily over the legal limit (by “temporarily” I mean for a second or two), they would call the cops. When the cops stopped by, the couple made sure they were wearing oxygen masks and using walkers even though both were avid gardeners who we’d seen going up and down ladders (to prune their own trees) and carrying bags of manure.

    My brother never played his drums longer than an hour, and only in the middle of the day/early afternoon. One of the complaints was at 2:30 pm on a Saturday. Finally, one of the cops explained to the couple that it didn’t count as a noise disturbance if the loud noise only lasted a second or two – it had to be maintained for several minutes and it had to be that loud inside their home. He also explained that complaining about a teenage kid playing music will likely lead to that kid moving on to other activities. And probably much more unsavory.

    Team notewriter

    Feb 16, 2013 at 1:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Joe Blow

      Sorry, the guy next door (in a single family house) used to practice his drums in his own garage, and it was loud as hell. Then, when his brother took over the house from his parents, he complained about us playing our guitars in our garage. Nothing coincidental detected.

      The point being, drums are really loud regardless..

      Feb 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   Your Real Neighbor

    If you have kids and youre forced to pay rent for housing, of two things you can be certain:

    You have made tremendously bad decisions in your life.


    You’re inflicting them on your neighbors.

    The sound of children laughing for more than a few minutes is an abomination to anyone but their own parents. It is not some lyrical ode to innocence. It is a grating, clawed molestation against the only peace the rest of us might know in a life defined largely by the absence thereof.

    Oh is it not illegal? Bully for you. Neither is Satanism. But when you have to put in a double shift and work until 4am because there is literally no way to cover the rent and bills without the extra income and the neighbors crotchfruit decide that backyard adventure experience begins promptly at sunrise, thoughts turn to retribution, it is mathematically inevitable.

    And to all the gasping soccer moms about to vomit their outraged mediocrity onto the screen in response to this; fuck yourselves off the nearest cliff.


    Feb 16, 2013 at 7:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Dan

      Wow, could you possibly be any more of a elitist jerkhole?

      Feb 16, 2013 at 8:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.2   Lizzy

      If you have to work a double shift and work until 4 am because there is literally no way to cover the rent and bills without the extra income, clearly you have made tremendously bad decisions in your life.

      Feb 16, 2013 at 8:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.3   Jeanine

      Waaah. lol

      Feb 16, 2013 at 11:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.4   soft

      u sound bitter

      Feb 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.5   AMoparGirl

      You noticed that too Lizzy?

      If that’s what just the laughter of children does to you, it really explains a lot.

      Feb 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.6   Jessi

      Dude, I hate kids. Seriously. Unless they belong to a friend of mine and/or I’m related to them, I can barely tolerate them (heck, even *then* it’s difficult for me). I am, however, fully aware of the fact that kids have to be kids. I’ve explained to many of them in my apartment complex that blood-curdling screams are only for when they need help, but getting pissed off about them playing in their own backyard and/or community designated play area is kind of psychotic. You may want to get yourself checked out.

      Also, houses in subdivisions are quite close to one another. Why does it matter if the person is renting, or if they own? It makes no difference to the kids.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 12:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.7   shepd

      Yes, because the joy of having children is to be savoured only by those making multiple millions of dollars per year (there’s several places in North America where that’s the income level necessary to own a full detached home).

      Only in this fashion can be sure eugenics wins.

      Now, there’s just one hitch, every millionaire must have several thousand children else over a couple of centuries we’ll run out of people…

      Feb 17, 2013 at 3:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.8   Mel S.

      “If you have kids and youre forced to pay rent for housing, of two things you can be certain:

      You have made tremendously bad decisions in your life.”


      Or perhaps you live in a country where housing is expensive, such as Australia? I read an article just yesterday about how children in more than a quarter of Australian families now grow up in rental properties because housing is so expensive here. Not sure if this will post:

      Feb 17, 2013 at 3:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.9   ano

      This childless renting nightshift worker suggests you suck it up. It was your decision to shift work and sleep through the day. They’re not violating any sound rules and the problem you’re experiencing is of your own making.

      Perhaps you should go fuck off and drown in the nearest swimming pool for blaming others for a situation of your own making.

      Feb 17, 2013 at 6:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.10   redheadwglasses

      ‘Wow, could you possibly be any more of a elitist jerkhole?”

      i have no doubt that he CAN!

      Feb 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.11   L

      Wow, I’ll go tell that to my single mother who lives in a 75k city on a below-poverty income.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   Kim

    If you have issues with the sounds of kids playing, you should move to a retirement community that doesn’t allow children.

    However, parents should keep the loud crazy shrieking screams to a minimum. I remember my mother and father correcting us for too much screaming when we were in the backyard playing.

    But these neighbors sound like nutjobs.

    Feb 16, 2013 at 8:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   havingfitz

    I’m not without some sympathy. I’ve had severe misophonia most of my life. The sound of someone clipping their fingernails, for example, has reduced me to tears. However, I also understand that the real world? Doesn’t know or particularly care. I wear earplugs constantly and try and avoid my ‘triggers’. Society isn’t going to suddenly become silent just for me (although it would certainly be very sweet of it.)

    Feb 16, 2013 at 10:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   Squishibits

    Also, try blocking the registered company name in the footer. Google leads straight to the agent….

    Feb 17, 2013 at 4:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   tch tch

      I had to peel my eyeballs to read that – at first I thought it said “Cheery” Holdings Pty Ltd which really would be a classic :)

      Feb 17, 2013 at 7:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   Poltergeist

    Mastering the art of tolerance makes life more manageable for everybody.

    Feb 17, 2013 at 4:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #37   JamiSings bang

    1: I bet the kids aren’t that loud at all. The neighbors sound as insane as the wind chime hater.

    2: No place is perfectly quiet, but I’ll take a pool filter and noisy kids over the drunks who walk down the street at 2 am when the bars close, the sound of the clubs from before then (I’m on the 2nd floor of our house so I can actually hear the nightclubs from three blocks away, yes, they are that loud and the streets are that quiet), the screaming matches between the husband and wife across the street after she has, once again, gone next door into the house of the young fire fighter in nothing but her nightgown (looks like he finally kicked her out though), etc and so forth.

    3: I wish Rufus Sewell with his deeply soul staring eyes was one of my neighbors.

    4: And I wish Barry Manilow was my other neighbor.

    5: And that Stan Lee lived across the street.

    Feb 17, 2013 at 11:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   redheadwglasses

      3, 4, 5. Marry me. Your name looks female. I am female. I’m not gay. But come to Iowa and marry me and I’ll make you a nice cake!

      Feb 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.2   H for Toy

      Aw, redhead, I forgot to specifically add your name to our Valentine to Rufus! I believe I may have addressed it to Rupert, because I got 4 hours of sleep last night, so don’t feel bad ;)

      Feb 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.3   JamiSings bang

      Yes I’m female. I’m straight too. But the big question is do you like dogs? Because I’m very much a “love me, love my dog” type.

      That’s my Minnie The Moocher!

      Feb 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.4   Jessi

      So this is where all the Rufus Sewell fans hang out!

      Feb 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.5   H for Toy

      According to the rules, we SHOULD be hanging out in the Community tab, but yes, we try to add a little Rufus to every note, just to brighten everyone’s day. :)

      Feb 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.6   Joe Blow

      Sounds like you didn’t pay attention to your neighborhood before you moved in..

      Feb 18, 2013 at 12:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.7   juju_skittles

      I checked the Community, H, and *tumbleweed blows through* ain’t no one in there. Safer in here. You know, with all the SANE people…

      Feb 18, 2013 at 12:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.8   JamiSings bang

      @Joe – We moved here when I was seven. It’s changed a lot.

      Yes, I live with my parents. I find no shame in this as mom’s handicapped and needs the extra help. Plus my dreams are more important than what society expects of me.

      @H – Eh, if we went there then we couldn’t continue our quest to make Rufus a meme. You know, cause he’s hot.

      @Red – I actually replied to you but I’m waiting on the mod to approve cause I included a link to my Flickr of my dog. You’ll understand when it’s approved.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 12:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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