We hear you, man

July 7th, 2007 · 80 comments

Nothing personal, OK?

Thanks to Elliette for passing this along for her friend in Manhattan.

And as a bonus, a classic passive-aggressive noise complaint from the fantastic Found magazine:


FILED UNDER: music · neighbors · New York · noise · Ohio · pleasantries as afterthought · thanks (but not really)

80 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Brigid

    Part of living in an apartment building is living with other peoples’ noise. That’s just the way it is. One place I lived, we could hear everything the people upstairs did. Their disappointing sex sessions late at night (frequently interrupted by trips to the bathroom), their 2am pacing, their obsessive vacuuming bursts at midnight, every time they took a shower… just about everything they did. That’s just part of living in an apartment building. Buy some earplugs.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 8:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Chris

      Hahaha! Earplugs make your breathing sound really loud. They don’t work for sleep.

      It does sound like the walls and ceilings and pretty thin in your place, though. :(

      Part of living in an apartment building is being QUIET because you live in close proximity to gazillions of other people. People who don’t get this should be sterilized immediately! :D

      Jan 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   quasaardvark

    i totally disagree with you. its reasonable to have to put up with some noise (ie: loud parties on fri and sat nights, people walking w/ shoes on) but there’s no reason to have put up with crazy 4am walking like that. if you’re in an apartment building everyone has to realize they’re living together: they need to have both tolerance for other people’s noise AND have consideration for others.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 8:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Chris

      I had to deal with someone living in the apartment whose stupid girlfriend wore heels indoors and stomped around the apartment at 3:30am. I called security on them many times but their behavior never changed. I moved out.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Andrew L.

    Seems like they were being nice and civil enough..

    Jul 7, 2007 at 8:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Chris

      Isn’t the phrase “retarded kid” kind of rude? :D

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Jasper

    This apartment building’s for normal walking! Not crazy walking!

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Chris

      I’m *opposed* to crazy walking! :D

      Jan 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   BoggyWoggy

    Hmmm…I think the first letter is fake. Can anyone explain why it’s typed up and they placed over a fake “wallpaper” of crinkled paper? Just curious. It just seems that the temptation to create a fake P-A note is too hard to pass up for some…

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   BoggyWoggy

    Oh, and sleeping with earplugs at night solves many apartment noise problems, don’t you think? However, someone yelling, “FIRE!” in the middle of the night could pose a problem for the earplugged folks.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Jo Mama bang

      I had a similar issue with the neighbor downstairs who played music in the bedroom from about 11 pm to 6 am EVERY DAY. Not loud enough to be seriously obnoxious, but just loud enough to keep me awake for hours. I could hear the different notes, the melody, not to mention the bass…

      I am a woman living alone and my paranoia about wearing earplugs is that someone will break in and I won’t hear it.. I’m pretty dead to the world when I sleep with earplugs in.

      Thankfully, though, the apartment managers seem to have handled the problem. Yay!

      May 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Chris

      Apartment managers and landlords *like* good tenants and *hate* bad ones. If the problem persists the problem tenants generally will get evicted or at least not be permitted to renew their leases.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ingrid

    BoggyWoggy, that was a good catch. I did not notice it at first, but if it was truly a crinkled note, the writing would not look like that.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Daniel Hoffmann-Gill

    Makes me feel guilty as I am a loud music lover.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 10:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nattie

    Can we not just enjoy a note as passive agressive without having to analyse it thoroughly to ensure that it is indeed, a genuinely “passive-agressive” note. It might be a set up, it might not. I don’t really care personally, I find it entertaining either way.

    Also, please leave my cocoa pops alone. They’re mine, douche bags.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 10:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   nocturnal person

    Hey, listen, I’m as nocturnal as they come – I usually sleep between 6am and noon. This means I’m up all night for hours trying to get work done. And I’ve never had a complaint from my downstairs neighbors. I make sure my apartment has lots of thick rugs for me to walk on, and I’m in bare feet or slippers on the un-rugged parts. After midnight, I turn my tv/stereo WAY WAY down. I make sure all my loud work (vacuuming, moving stuff around) is done at a reasonable hour. Just because I’m nocturnal doesn’t mean everyone else should have to be, and really, it’s not that difficult to show some consideration for my neighbors.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   John T

    Isn’t that the most unconvincing fake crumpled paper background? And besides, why would someone crumple up the “note” only to later rescue it from the trash and photograph it? But regardless of its authenticity, don’t you think the writer gets points for turning nearly every sentence into a passive-aggressive rhetorical question?

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Cat Skyfire

    My old apartment, I was at the bottom of a 3 tall place. I had the basketball players (At least, I’m guessing that it was a ball they were thumping around) and such, but most of it I could cope with.

    What tended to drive me nuts was the bass-thumping music. NOTHING can stop that. Feeling my stuff shake to the beat was aggravating. It was really bad when I realized that the upstairs apartment was empty, and it was the apartment above that making the noise.

    I did do a few notes, I admit. I tried to be quiet, myself. I could even excuse noise that lasted up to a half hour. (We all sometimes don’t realize how loud we are.) But when I could identify the lyrics…

    I remember actually working up the guts to knock one night, and they wouldn’t even answer the door.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Chris

      Bass carries through anything. I have a neighbor who like to crank music at 2:30am – 5:15am (yes I record the times!) and then goes out to buy cocaine or whatever and then it all starts up again around 8am! And on weeknights no less!

      I thought I had housebroken him after pounding on the walls and calling security multiple times. He switched his cocaine binge periods to regular office hours like decent people do! But then the musak started again a couple nights ago. I pounded the walls again and it stopped. This morning he slammed his door and keyed my door! Talk about passive-aggressive! :D

      Maybe he should cut back on the cocaine!

      Jan 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Writer, Rejected

    I think this note is real. Dude seems desperate enough. My brother-in-law lived in NYC and had to write a charming, non-intrusive note to the lesbians overhead who at first had loud sex and loud dogs. He politely requested that they put some rugs down. Imagine having to ask people to keep their orgasms down? Urban living can be brutal.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Total Douche bang

      Are you serious, I’d only ask politely that they train their dogs not to bark. As for lesbians having loud orgasms, I’d NEVER want to leave. I may even set up recording equipment in case I missed anything.

      Mar 13, 2008 at 9:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   .................................................

    The note looks fake.

    How come nobody objects to him writing “retarded kid”?

    Jul 7, 2007 at 12:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   ffffff

    aboutthe and hesupposed are two words. just like can not. This CAN NOT be tolerated! Can people be so stupid? I can not believe how stupid people are.

    If you can not use grammar correctly, you can not succeed in life. I can not believe how dumb people are.

    sarcasm you stupid fucks

    Jul 7, 2007 at 12:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   SoapMonster bang

      Cannot is one word. One. Just one.

      May 4, 2008 at 11:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   eh

    team note-leavers.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 1:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   jimmyjimmyjimmyjimmykalamahoo! kalamahee! kalamabringachairplease!

    thts sum good passive-agressiveness there, especially with the whole “we can work on this together”

    Jul 7, 2007 at 2:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Beppo

    “…why would someone crumple up the “note” only to later rescue it from the trash and photograph it? ”

    You’ve never gotten an irritating passive-aggressive note, crumpled it up in a rage, and then smoothed it back out to read in a more calm state?

    Jul 7, 2007 at 2:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   Gwen

    Sounds like my old apartment. The person upstairs would pace, for hours starting around 2 am in what sounded like heels. They were also the only apartment with hardwood.
    Finally one night my neighbour had enough and leaned out his window, shouting “Take off your fucking shoes or sit the fuck down!”
    I burst out laughing and I could hear my other neighbour cracking up. The person upstairs didn’t respond, but the pacing stopped.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   George

    If that first one is passive aggressive, I’d love to see the non-passive aggressive version of a “please keep your noise down” communication. I would guess from that one that it’s the editor’s opinion that all “please keep your noise down” communication is passive aggressive?

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   ginger

    does no one else find his comments on the “retarded” kid offensive ? man alive, have some compassion.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 6:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   T

    These notes remind me of this:

    Jul 7, 2007 at 8:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   BoggyWoggy

    What a great website reference! I had a great time reading all of the funky notes!

    Part of what makes this site cool is that 99% of what is published is authentic. I hate fakes, don’t you? Remember the guy awhile back who wrote a note on his fridge for his roommates, then photographed it himself and submitted it? That’s just weird.

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Strepsi

    @George – Agreed. All keep-the-noise-down notes are passive-aggressive, more so because they can not affect the noise at the time! A 2 second door-knock, looking as disheveled, semi-nude, and annoyed as possible, often does the trick. Or if it’s unbearable, go aggressive-aggressive — I have called the cops because there are noise laws.

    But a note? He should pass it on to the retarded kid’s parents.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 12:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Chris

      Try pounding on the walls! :D

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   Alycia

    I work nights and sleep during the day. I’m often woken up by the bass music playing from the floor below me. My bed vibrates to the music and it drives me insane. The people above walk around, vacuum and drop barbells at all hours of the morning. While I don’t have the balls to go to either door and complain, I have given a good hearty pounding to both the ceiling and floor on numerous occasions.

    However, my sister left a charming P/A (maybe it was more of A/A) note to the people above because their windchimes would keep her awake all night. It simply said, “take down the fucking windchimes, you’re driving everyone crazy.” LOL. They were taken down the next day.

    Really though, the only time you can call the cops is for parties…they’ll laugh at ya if you simply complain about someone schlumping around in shoes loudly.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   ALA

    ffffff : Do we have to go through this on EVERY post? “Cannot” is how the word is listed in the dictionary. In point of fact, dictionary.com does not even list “can not” as an alternative spelling. The nice folks at Oxford Dictionaries (askoxford.com) say “can not” is Ok, but they posted this:
    “Both cannot and can not are acceptable spellings, but the first is much more usual. You would use can not when the ‘not’ forms part of another construction such as ‘not only’”

    So, prior to posting corrections to other people’s grammer, could you please make sure you are correct?
    And, yes, Ginger I agree that ‘retarded kid’ is offensive.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 5:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   ALA

    Oops – typo…grammar! Perhaps I should take my own advice.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 5:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   Kristin

    Yes, and I don’t get why they are asking whether or not the “retarded kid” is supposed to live there. Can mentally challenged people not live in apartment buildings? That comment makes no sense. I mean, I assume he is living with his family in the apartment building and not by himself, so yes, he is supposed to live there, note- writing asshole. And I’m also sure his parents are aware of the screaming and try and help him. Ughh. Some people have no compassion.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   Loving Annie

    Bad neighbors are miserable to live with. Whenever possible, I’d say move rather than tear your hair out. Usually rude people get pleasure out of making others suffer and couldn’t care less.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Joanna

    I can understand that living in an apartment building can sort of put you in a “sometimes you have to suck it up” situation, but whenever the clock strikes 11:00pm, and our neighbors have had their music blasting, there have been many times where I have knocked and asked them to turn it down. When they don’t answer the door (which is always the case… since, ya know, the tunes are too loud), I just go downstairs and find the security guard and have him go ask them to turn the music down.
    I think the building is supposed to be a “24-hour courtesy hours” kinda deal, but that isn’t exactly posted anywhere. And hey, if you gotta get up in the morning, you gotta do what you gotta do.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Chris

      Generally anything louder than normal talking volume is prohibited in most municipalities between 11pm and 7am.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   Vampira

    Those Astoria notes are awesome. Thanks for the link. :)

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   FXS mom

    I think any time the word “retarded” is used…it’s personal.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   Trickster

    My building has rules, between 11pm and 6am, shut the fuck up. I had a downstairs neighbour for a while that for some reason thought that playing the drums at 3:30am was a good idea. How anyone can think that playing the drums in an apartment is a good idea I do not know, but I took out my seriously aggressive pink bathrobe and went down there and asked him to shut it
    Me: Hi, I am your upstairs neighbour, could you please just NOT play the drums in the middle of the night?
    Annoying-Drum-Man: What? You can hear me?
    Me: and you made it to adulthood how?
    ADM: huh?
    Me: YES, so stop!
    and he did.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Chris

      Sounds like the drummer and my neighbor would be good roommates. Some people are just a little funny in the head, or at least wayyyy to self-absorbed to care that it’s 3:30am.

      Also, some people who have never lived with anyone other than their parents sometimes have a tough time figuring this shit out on their own.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   Dixie

    I half wonder if the writer/recipient of the first note has any relation to the parties who did this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=h2q_tbUHrZk

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   Jussi


    That’s just plain evil. It may look funny, but 6 months ago I broke my arm like that (on an icy street) and I needed an operation and two months of physiotherapy to get it back to normal. Very uncool.

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   Simster

    In Australia can not is the common usage, in America and England it is cannot. I don’t know what it is in other English speaking countries, perhaps someone from New Zealand would like to let us know what they use there.
    I know that grammatical errors can be irritating, but really, as long as we know what the person is trying to say is it really worth getting all pissy about?

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #37   Lovecarrots

    Actually in England it’s usually can’t, cannot for emphasis and if you really, really want to MAKE YOUR POINT it’s CAN NOT.


    Mr LC

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #38   Collaroy

    Okay, I realize how irritating it is to live in a building where you hear everything. However, it definitely works best if you just ask the person living next door / above / below to keep it down (in a normal, civil tone) . Worked with my neighbors, they simply weren’t aware that I could hear every step when they were wearing shoes. No need to get all worked up and write such a note.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Chris

      Actually lawyers recommend you do not talk to the neighbor directly to complain unless you already know them. The neighbor could try and sue you on the grounds that you were “harassing” them. It’s happened.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #39   Tarn

    Part of the problem is the fashion for wood floors. Unless rugs are put down, downstairs neighbours can hear every footstep. Also, lack of carpet means other sounds aren’t muffled. Basically a fully wood-floored apartment is a boombox! Some blocks specify in the leases that apartments must be carpeted or have rugs.
    I wish mine did – the guy upstairs threw out his carpets years ago and never replaced them. …

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #40   Dixie


    Ouch! I’m sorry that happened – I grew up in Northern Minnesota so I know the dangers of ice. I didn’t mean to imply that the video I posted was “cool” by any means, I am not a proponent of pranks that could hurt someone. I just thought the story line of the note and the text in the video seemed similar, albeit the video showed a much more aggressive than passive method. Glad your arm is on the mend, and hopefully back to normal!

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #41   The Fresh Cracker

    I just like how the note is peppered with questions.

    I count thirteen [fourteen if you count "Nothing personal, OK?"]


    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #42   Goldie

    Notes, shmotes, if it’s in violation of the noise rules, just call the police. If not, then I guess tough luck.
    Back in my apartment days, I had upstairs neighbors who were into playing rap music at 3AM directly over my toddler’s bedroom. I talked to them, it didn’t work. I talked to the apartment manager, she said she could not control that particular family (WTF?!) and to call the police next time I heard music at night. So I did. The music stopped for a few months. By the time they started with it again, we were already packed and ready to move out… into a townhome with no neighbors above or below us.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 7:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #42.1   Chris

      The trouble with calling the cops is that it’s really bad for neighbor relations! Also, the noise may end before the cops get there!

      But as a last resort what else can ya do?

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #43   Tarn

    yeah, apartment living comes with a lot of annoyances! And when I say ‘annoyances’, I mean ‘fucking inconsiderate neighbours’, of course.
    I’ve gone & knocked on doors a few times – it takes me a while to get up the courage, so these occasions were after several nights of disturbance – and not once has it worked. So far my tally is
    1) old lady downstairs with INCREDIBLY LOUD TV. She turned it down for all of five minutes & has ignored all subsequent pleas for quiet.
    2) Hooker who came home in the small hours screaming down her phone & slamming doors. A lot. She wouldn’t even open the door, told me to fuck off to work & leave her alone. (It was 5am on a Saturday..)
    3) Bunch of young Indian guys ‘clearing’ the flat upstairs for the sick owner. They were absent most of the day, usually came home mob-handed after midnight and used the bedroom above mine as a social club/bar/etc. These guys really didn’t understand why their ‘normal talking’ was a problem for me at 2 am on a work night, and refused to speak to me after I ‘swore’ when asking them to keep it down for the third night in a row. (I said bloody – apparently they weren’t used to women talking to them like that….) Anyway, they just carried on being loud.

    I’m in the UK and the police here won’t deal with noise complaints. Also, we tend not to have live-in managers, ‘supers’, janitors or whatever in apartment blocks. More’s the pity….

    Jul 9, 2007 at 7:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.1   Chris

      Another thing I hate are people who are evidently incapable of shutting their doors without slamming them.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #44   Anna-banana

    I’d rather have the noise.
    Our apartment neighbor, who lives alone in her two bedroom apt. is VERY considerate & shares her second-hand smoke with all of us, by puffing out on her balcony day & night!
    -At least you won’t get lung cancer from the noise pollution!!!!

    Jul 9, 2007 at 10:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Chris

      You probably won’t get it from her second-hand smoke either. ;)

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #45   Tarn

    I’d rather have neither!
    I’ve had smoking neighbours, and it’s horrible when their smoke gets into the stairwell and my flat. I’m very glad that the new smoking law in England (if I’ve read it correctly) bans smoking in communal residential areas like stairwells. Take that, inconsiderate smoke-monkeys!

    But sleep deprivation from noise is also bad for me. And for those around me, since it makes me VERY cranky. I may not get lung cancer, but if my neighbour doesn’t start turning her bloody telly down after midnight soon, a few years in the chokey for manslaughter is a possibility… ;-)

    Jul 9, 2007 at 10:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   Chris

      People in my building smoke. I don’t care. I smoke but only away from the building and never in my apartment because I can’t stand the smell!

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #46   Goldie

    Tarn, I have a proven technique for your old lady. My parents had the exact same problem. Their old lady downstairs would turn the TV on full blast and fall asleep, leaving them with the TV blaring all night long. After months of talking to her, begging, pleading and, yes, leaving notes, my Dad finally got fed up, grabbed a chair (the kind with metal legs…) and hit the floor with it. She turned the TV down instantly and was really quiet for the next few months. Kinda risky but works!

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #47   bethany

    I have loud neighbors that annoy me, but the excruciating length of this note is just enough to put me on team upstairs.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #48   Tarn

    Thanks Goldie, that might just work! She is kind of a bully – tends to do what suits her around the place, whether others are affected or not. With bullies, sometimes getting a bit aggressive is the only way.
    Bethany – yeah, I know what you mean. Surely a simple ‘Please stop stomping around after midnight. Thanks – your downstairs neighbour’ would have sufficed. The rant is definitely OTT. And the part about the ‘retarded kid’ sticks in my craw.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #49   katherine

    The nieghbor above me at my old apartment was a bartender and used to come home around 3 or so and play the “Pretty fly for a white boy” song REALLY LOUD. It was kind of nightmareesque, but after listening to the song, he’d usually quiet down, so I never said anything… Until I went to a bar one night and he was working there and I blurted out “Oh yeah, you’re the pretty fly for a white boy guy” and everyone around us laughed. I don’t think he ever listened to it again.
    And speaking of the retarded kid, housing discrimination against the disabled is prohibited by federal law, and is just plain wrong, so yeah, he has a right to be there.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 7:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #50   Bryce

    I’m glad that my grandmother has the courage/intellegence/whatever to realise that she is no longer able enough to drive a car and her hearing is so poor that she should just use closed captioning instead of blasting the TV.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 1:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #51   pix

    been on both sides of the coin: got new computer speakers and didn’t realize how loud they were. She called the cops on me ~12:30am and they actually came over! I went over the next day to say “hey, here is my phone number, call me any time, I’m so sorry, I had no idea” and she basically slammed the door in my face. Moved the desk to another (unshared) wall.

    Neighbors UPstairs are horribly loud (wrestlers? Often extremely loud thumps-are they coming through the floor! I hear their drunken laughing and loud sex too). It used to sound like they were bowling until I realized it was their two cats chasing each other.

    Jul 19, 2007 at 1:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #51.1   Chris

      I give my neighbors my phone number so they can call me if my noise is too loud.

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #52   pix

    another one: neighbor downstairs used to turn on the alarm clock and not come home at night. I’d wake up around 5am and it would go off for hours…I wondered if he had died in the night. I would go down to the basement and flip off the circuit breaker to his whole apartment (old building) just to stop the beeping.

    Jul 19, 2007 at 1:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #52.1   Chris

      It’s too bad he didn’t die that night! :D

      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #53   radicalcentrist

    My worst experience was in my college dorm: The dudes across the hall would BLAST hip-hop right up until 9:59 pm (“quiet” hours were 10p-10a).

    So roommate brought in folks’ massive (surround sound) speakers, set them up facing their door, and we cranked up Ride of the Valkyries. After a few days of this, we came to a truce…

    Jul 24, 2007 at 8:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #53.1   Chris


      Jan 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #54   Spruce Moose

    I think the guy upstairs from me is keeping a horse, from the sound of it. You have to be over 55 to live here. Could it be the same about the *developmentally challenged* kid in the letter?
    Those big subwoofers older children put in their cars should be outlawed.

    Jul 26, 2007 at 10:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #55   CG

    I had neighbors in college that drove me insane with their music. 3am on a random weekday there would be tribal drum music blaring so hard it made my walls/floor vibrate. It seemed like they always knew when I was up studying for a big test the next day! I called the cops on them several times.

    Right now I have an older spanish lady that lives beneath me and she makes my floor vibrate on a regular basis with her reggaeton music. She plays it all hours of the day and night. I’ve jumped on the floor many mornings at 6am because of her music. Ahh! I can’t wait to move out.

    People really should have common courtesy.

    Aug 20, 2007 at 4:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #56   cg

    i just moved into a new building. I like my new neighbor’s personality, but not her tendency to deal wiht child care by having her nephews play football for 3 hours a day in the hallway.

    Sep 17, 2007 at 11:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #57   Stefness

    On the girl’s blog that’s linked she said

    “i even took the time to print it out, crumble, and scan it so that it looked real! ”


    Lol just realised how late I am on this, been reading back through the blog posts.

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #58   SecondSolution

    Did anyone else think of those silly “Real Men of Genius” beer commercials when reading this?

    We salute you, Mr. not cool loud music playing man.

    Mar 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #59   Anniee451

    The solution to apartment noise when sleeping (speaking as a lifelong duplex tenant until just recently) is white noise – a decent fan does wonders. I can’t sleep without one now.

    If it’s really loud, get a really loud box fan. Earplugs don’t do the trick, but fans can :)

    (I wouldn’t have purposely commented on such an old thread but apparently someone else just revived this one already.)

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #60   Anamaria Lissy

    Although it may sound a bit corny, I actually like looking after my hearing and whilst I do agree with the above poster and I really hope I do not get shot down for expression this, but I guess it is important to take all things in moderation.

    Jan 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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