Sleepless in Sydney

June 22nd, 2014 · 49 comments

William in Sydney spotted this note on the notice board of an apartment block he was visiting. If you’re going to tackle a DIY project, I reckon that Saturday morning is as good a time as any, no?

To the unit undergoing renovations, you know who you are, I wanted to thank you for the loud drilling on a Saturday morning. It was really considerate of you and I'm sure you gave a thought to your neighbors. I work late shift at the hospital, so thank you again, I really appreciate the lack of sleep. --Your neighbors you know. Fellow residents in the building

Confidential to the notewriter: As someone who also a) lives in an apartment complex and b) works the night shift at a hospital, I’m surprised you haven’t figured out by now that the world doesn’t revolve around you and your schedule. The graveyard shift is already taking years off your life. How about you do everyone a favor and use some of that sweet shift differential to buy yourself a pair of earplugs?

related: Hello, 911? My neighbors are loud walkers!

 

FILED UNDER: neighbors · noise · sarcasm · sleeping · Sydney · you know who you are


49 responses so far ↓

  • #1   shwo!

    Someone’s drilling on a Saturday morning and it’s not you. I think I see the source of your anger.

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Roto13

    There are times when people are allowed to make noise and Saturday morning (assuming we don’t mean, like, 5 in the morning) is one of them.

    Jun 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm   rating: 49  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Haggie

    Next time, we’ll do it at 3am and if anyone has a problem, tell them to ring you at 9am on Saturday…

    Jun 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Jami

    Depends on what time Saturday morning. Saturday at 6 am? Fuck you, driller. Saturday at 9 am? Fuck you, note writer, buy some earplugs.

    Yes, those three hours do make a difference.

    Jun 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   rushgirl2112

      That right there is the difference between early birds and night owls. An early bird might find loud noises at 6am objectionable on a weekend, but a night owl like me finds 9am to be every bit as objectionable and probably more.

      Personally, I think that since early birds already get to rule the world during the week, the least they could do is give us two measly days on the weekend to sleep in. I’d say noon, but I’m willing to compromise to 10:30, although I still reserve the right to be grouchy about it.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Jami

      Actually if I didn’t work mornings, I’d be a total night owl as that’s when my mind is the sharpest and I’m my most creative and happy. But because of work I have to be up early most of the time.

      By 9 am, there’s usually so many people awake and active that a little drilling unless it’s right next to you is not the biggest of deals. It’s just part of the rest of the daily background noise.

      And I work weekends as do many others.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   The Beast Among Us

      Where I live, it’s too hot to do any outside manual labor work at 9:00am. Most construction crews here do their work between sundown and sunup due to the danger of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. You get used to it.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 11:09 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Stacy

    I’ve been a shift worker and my advice is buy either silicone ear plugs or a pair of noise cancelling ear protection (the kind you buying to use while shooting firearms). They work great and I’ve been using them to also silence two years worth of construction happening less than 50 feet from my bedroom window.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 12:31 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   assiveProgressive

      You mean those headphone-like things they wear on gun ranges? How do you sleep on a bed wearing those things? I have found that listening to NPR or C-Span helps a lot. My mind starts to follow that instead of the outside noise and then I fall asleep.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 9:12 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   Seanette

      If you don’t need to be able to hear an alarm, that sounds like a good move.

      If you do need that alarm for such trivia as getting to work on time (thus keeping the job), I’m not so sure.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   K

      I tend to wear earplugs at night, because I like to keep my door open for the cats, but one of my housemates gets up early for work and always wakes me up. I’ve found that the best thing to do with alarms is to set my phone to both make noise and to vibrate, and put it right next to my pillow. Works every time.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   Djagir

      In regards to not being able to hear an alarm, one trick that I got to work when I was having trouble sleeping thr0ugh my alarms was to buy a desk lamp and one of those automatic timers that turns on an outlet at a certain time. I aimed the lamp toward my bed, and having the light hit me in the face worked pretty well to wake me up.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   Dan

      I just can’t do earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve tried both, but my tinnitus drives me batty :(

      Jun 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   JoDa

      Well and good advice, K, but may I recommend that if you live upstairs and have hardwood floors under your bedside table, put the phone on a paperback book or ON your bed. Alternatively, put a small rug under your bedside table (my bedside runner goes under the table). Those vibrations are an irritating noise when heard from below through hard surfaces.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   Jami

      There used to be a show on Saturday nights in the – I want to say late 80s, early 90s – where they showed stand up comedians doing their bits and one episode was an amateur night. One of the comedians happened to be deaf and she was saying how her coworkers always ask her how she manages to wake up without an alarm clock. She said there’s this special alarm you can put under your pillow that vibrates instead of rings. She then went on to say that she just straps that thing between her thighs and wakes up with a smile.

      Anyway, that’s how you could wake up without being able to hear an alarm.

      On a side note the host and several of the comedians who had been on the show did their bits at the Orange County Fair one year and I insisted my parents and I go even though they weren’t happy with me over it. (They thought many of the bits were too dirty.) I was actually very disappointed to find them doing the exact same routines they did on the show. Until then I thought comedians came up with entirely new material for every single show they do.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   The Beast Among Us

      Most don’t change their material very often, but some really good ones do. Bill Cosby used to have seven different routines, and he’d tell an initial joke for each one, gauge the response, and go with the routine that gave the best response.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 11:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.9   Lita bang

      There’s actually an alarm clock designed to be strapped to one’s lady parts.

      No, I don’t own one.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.10   assiveProgressive

      Reminds me of the AbFab episode where Edina’s “bleeper” (pager) was set to vibrate and Patsy had found it and kept it by her crotch.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.11   The Beast Among Us

      Get one, Lita, and I’ll watch you wake up.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.12   Jami

      Well, it was my first time seeing a live comedy show, Beast. I thought “Well, these same people were just on the show last week surely they won’t do the exact same stuff they were doing last Saturday night since they knew they were coming here.”

      I was wrong. Every last one it was the same material. Right down to the story about someone handing their phone to their 2 year old and the kid just breathing heavy like a pervert with the “I’m not wearing any diapers” punchline.

      Jun 25, 2014 at 12:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.13   Lita bang

      Oo er, Beast. I don’t think we know each other well enough for that. ;)

      Jun 25, 2014 at 1:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.14   The Elf

      White noise machines, fans, or “spa music” on repeat. That’s what got us through working shifts. I’m glad those days are behind us.

      Jun 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.15   B

      I worked nights and invested in some blackout curtains and earplugs. To think that everyone should be quiet and adapt to my strange schedule is as ridiculous as thinking the sun should also adapt to my daytime sleeping!

      Jul 6, 2014 at 7:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.16   The Beast Among Us

      Well, Lita, we can work up to that.

      Jul 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.17   Lita bang

      I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

      Jul 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Janipurr

    Well, in defense of the letter writer, I worked graveyard shifts for 10 years, and there’s only so much ear plugs and double paned windows can keep out. Though, as someone else said, there is a big difference between 6am and 9am–you just aren’t going to escape noise if you are a day sleeper. You just have to get used to it. To this day, I can only sleep for 3 hours max without waking up, even if it’s only for a short time.

    And the “confidential to note writer” douche? F you. If you really work nights at a hospital, you should know how important it is that your doctors and nurses have adequate sleep. I don’t really want my ER docs and nurses working on me when they are seriously sleep deprived.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 2:07 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   kermit

      Exactly. Few people (if anybody at all) choose to take the night shift because everybody understands what a pain in the ass it is to have a weird schedule.

      And by the same token, the night shift worker should have a right to make as much of a racket as day-time people since we live in a 24 hour world.

      After all, if ear-plugs and sucking it up work fine for the complaints of the night shift people, those same remedies should work just fine for the day-time people who are awakened by the racket of the night-shift people.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 5:34 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   JoDa

      Hey now…I’m as sympathetic as anyone to the trials of people who work weird hours (used to do it myself, have plenty of friends and family that do it now), but you’re up against other obstacles when doing legit construction. Cities and buildings themselves have restrictions on hours when construction can be done (often 8A-8P or similar). Contractors are those people we all hate because they’re chipper SUPER early in the morning, and often insist on starting work as soon as the city or building allows (usually around 7 or 8 AM).

      My solution to working overnights was to START my day with work. I’d sleep from about 1 PM – 9 PM, work from 11-7:30, do my “daytime” stuff in the morning. I always found it was quieter in the afternoon/evening than first thing in the morning. And when I had the dreaded Friday/Saturday midnight turn, if I planned to get up by 9, I was up before people got obnoxiously drunk and consequently loud.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   kaetra

    The world is noisy. Get used to it. Sleep deprived people are crabby. Get used to it. :)

    Jun 23, 2014 at 9:54 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Dane Zeller

    Options:
    1. Get a daytime job.
    2. Get a different apartment.
    3. Buy a Harley for your commuting vehicle.
    4. Buy a set of drums for your new-found musical hobby.
    Or,
    5. Suck it up.

    Invoice will follow.

    Signed,
    Dr. Z,

    Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   pooham

      #3 is funny! Until it happens in my neighborhood.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Ashley

      That’s cool, because everyone can just “get a different job” without a problem.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Quite Contrary

    Please define drilling. There are multiple definitions.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   assiveProgressive

      It’s fracking. They’ve found a huge deposit of oil and gas under 205. But Crabby isn’t getting a royalty check.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   The Beast Among Us

      If you think the drilling is bad, just wait until the grinding starts.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Lita bang

      And the bumping. Don’t forget the bumping.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   The Beast Among Us

      I don’t see nothin’ wrong with a little bump ‘n’ grind.

      Hammering can get a bit loud, though.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 11:06 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   L

    If I didn’t get depressed by lack of sunlight, I could probably do graveyard shifts just fine XD

    When I sleep, I can sleep through almost anything. Only recent exceptions have been – smoke detector, the gutters dripping (but I’d taken a pill the night before to actually get to sleep and that changes how deeply I sleep – and the gutter thing kept forcing itself into my dreams and making me wake up panicking) and, always, the alarm clock.

    Drilling? Bah. That’s nothing XD

    Jun 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Arhi

    Earplugs? Seriously? They don’t work for vibrations, so useless for drilling and subwoofers, too.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   rushgirl2112

      Yeah, and they also don’t work when you can’t sleep with the sound of heavy breathing in your ears.

      Jun 23, 2014 at 10:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   buni

      That’s similar to the problem I have with earplugs. In addition to the discomfort of having something stuck in my ears, my heartbeat is too damn loud.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 8:03 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   assiveProgressive

    I remember a few months ago there was a woodpecker that woke me up. I should have left it a note about its annoying drilling.

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Student

    F*ck that kind of noise on Saturday morning. What’s wrong with Saturday or Sunday afternoons?
    Sure, the renovators might not have known this person’s occupation but still, that noise on weekend mornings is shitty for anybody! Old people, babies, students, shift workers, anybody who doesn’t sleep immediately at 10pm (especially on a Friday night, seriously). The only people not bothered are people that get up early to work on Saturday – but f*ck those people, they’re not affected anyway. The only reason I’m not fully team notewriter is because of the tone they used. Underlining of “drilling” wasn’t necessary, or the “I wanted to thank you” bullshit. The more direct, the less obnoxious.

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
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    Jun 28, 2014 at 9:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Wow, really!

      Please tell me more….oh sorry, what I meant to say was fuck off!

      Jul 11, 2014 at 8:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Lisa

    Also, not everyone gets that “sweet shift differential.” Or chose a night job. I worked days with the same company, in a position that didn’t have a night-shift counterpart, for 2 years. One day, upper management came in and told us the entire team was switching to nights effective the following week (this was on a Wednesday). If you couldn’t make the switch and wanted to stay with the company, they’d gladly let you switch from nice low-stress data entry to being a telephone customer service rep. No, anyone who left wasn’t going to get a severence package or any form of compensation. And finally, no, we weren’t going to get paid any more.

    Jun 29, 2014 at 3:35 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Lisa

    Several great points in these comments about the ineffectiveness and/or impracticality of ear plugs. I just want to add that, not that ear plugs are all that expensive, but not everyone gets that “sweet shift differential.” Or knowingly chose a night job.

    I worked days with the same company, in a position that didn’t have a night-shift counterpart, for 2 years. One day, upper management came in and told us the entire team was switching to nights effective the following week (this was on a Wednesday). If you couldn’t make the switch and wanted to stay with the company, they’d gladly let you switch from nice low-stress data entry to being a telephone customer service rep. No, anyone who left wasn’t going to get a severence package or any form of compensation. And finally, no, we weren’t going to get paid any more.

    Jun 29, 2014 at 3:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Godiva

    Team drill baby drill

    The people doing the maintenance probably don’t live there. They are most likely part of the maintenance crew, you know…doing their job!

    Also there’s a difference between drilling at 5AM and drilling after 8AM, which is far more reasonable. The note writer does not tell us when it happened.

    Also, it makes more sense to make a loud noise when the majority of people are awake, rather than at night when the majority are asleep. It would be far worse to turn on the drill at 12AM.

    Jul 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Drillers gonna drill. And if they are at work Monday to Friday they’re going to do it at the weekend. If you live in a crowded neighbourhood, there’s always somebody whose weird shift pattern you’re going to be interrupting.

    Aug 1, 2014 at 6:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up