Feb 13, 2011

Neighbors know your name...

You know the kind of neighbors that keep an eye on your place while you're out of town or ask to borrow some sugar? Well, I don't have those types of neighbors. Friday night my ear drums were violated as I was yet again forced to listen to my neighbor's sexual escapades. 

(I should preface this rant with the small fact that overhearing others have sex is one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't find it a turn on, I don't find it funny, I just find it somewhat awkward, slightly gross, and unnecessary)

There's nothing worse than having your peaceful silence broken by the grunts, groans and squeaks from next door. I don't know if there's even a proper way to voice a complaint. I mean, is it their fault the walls are thin? Do I send an email to the property manager and form a "noise complaint"? Knock on their door or leave a passive-aggresive note lol?

When I lived in Chicago (ground floor apt) the neighbors above me were next level obnoxious with their noise. I swear they made a habit of moving around every piece of furniture they owned at odd hours of the night. Instead of voicing a complaint to the landlord or speaking to them in person (they barely spoke English), I took matters into my own hands - - literally grabbing a broom and proceeding to bang on the ceiling. I swear this did the trick lol.

Apartment living can be treacherous at times so it's nice to find others that feel my pain. I came across a great article on Apartment Therapy offering tips on how to combat loud neighbors. Better than the advice in the article were the slew of hilarious reader comments.

Have you ever had to deal with loud neighbors? Better yet, have YOU ever been the loud neighbor?




9 comments:

Mama Violet said...

O yes. I'm annoyed by other people's noise. I know it's a part of city life but it grates my nerves. I've called the cops for noise disturbances before. Right now I own a condo and have the misfortune of living above a woman who has 2 big dogs in 1200 sq ft. She never walks them and they bark, cry and whine constantly!

Whew! Rant over.

South Loop Social Light said...

I'm a dog lover, but I feel for people that cram big dogs into tiny spaces. Now, 1200sq ft isn't necessarily small, especially for city living... but she should either hire dog walkers or find a dog park in the area. Hate to see dogs stuck in the house all day.

laundrygirl said...

Having lived most of my life in apartments, I have enough stories to fill a book! The worst place by far was the apartment my husband and I moved into right after we got married. (Here’s a super condensed version of the experience…) The neighbors below us, a huge immigrant family with like ten people living in a two bedroom had these HUGE parties that started around 11 and would not end until the early morning hours. Then there was the couple next door that cooked something with a nauseating amount of garlic every single morning… There was also the old woman whose apartment smelled so strongly of urine that you could smell it in the hall on warm days. There were SO MANY problems with this place that it would have made for a good comedy. Yet the biggest frustration was the salsa club that opened two doors down from our building. We heard those same salsa beats from 10 pm until 2 am six days a week and then the we’d listen to the drunk club goers under our bedroom window. We were sleep deprived for several months! I watched as my husband got angrier and angrier. Super early morning after one of our neighbor’s big parties he stood in the middle of the livingroom floor and jumped as hard as he could and then blew an air horn and we laughed to the point of tears. He kept yelling, “Wake up! How do you like it?” We knew without a doubt it was time to go!

South Loop Social Light said...

@ laundrygirl - One of the comments I read on the Apt Therapy site suggested using a fog horn to bug the neighbors!! I actually thought about doing that myself. I'm sure you guys had a good time with that one.

Niki McNeill said...

I swear the peopleaboceme weigh 438 pounds each. Ugh!

SafiyaJ said...

That is so funny. Did you actually leave that note? We had the same problem when we lived at Canal Side too! The neighbors right above us...so annoying. The weird thing was that it was a single lady with kids. Interesting...I swear she had 30 min orgasms and yep, she was screamer, lol

P.S. I love this... said...

Ugh, how annoying! We have neighbors with loud a$$ kids and I CAN'T wait til our house is ready so we can move. Those kids are so loud, I have to ask my daughter did somebody come into our house..

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Safiya - No, I didn't leave the note, but I seriously want to go over there and let them know to keep it down. I must say that their orgasms don't last 30 mins... thank god lol... they're usually done in under 5 mins lol

@ PS - Kids are the worst! I'll take barking dogs and sex over kids any day lol

Bajan Beauty said...

My past three apartments I have had loud neighbors...the first time I left a note and told Management. These people wanted to blast there music at 7am everyday! Grrrr...

My second apartment I lived next to a young dude, his girl was knocking on his door every morning at like 5am trying to wake him up to get in. When she did get in they would go at it! You would think she was in there getting murdered...couldn't have been that good, lol. I kinda asked him to keep it down the next time we crossed paths. He was cool about and a little embarrassed I think, lol.

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