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things that go bump in the night

Last night I woke up at 3:30 am to the sound of loud rap music coming from our new neighbors on the third floor of our apartment building. Why they felt the need to turn their music up that loud when it was inaudible at midnight - when I originally went to sleep - is beyond me, but regardless of their reasoning it was a very unwelcome surprise. The volume was at its highest over my bedroom in the back of our apartment, so I went upstairs to one of the rear bedrooms and knocked on the door to get their attention.

Nobody answered the door, but there was always going to be a good chance that the residents were all hanging out in the front living room instead. I went down, around to the other side of the building, and back upstairs to try my luck a second time. After knocking on the door I could hear a fair amount of shuffling inside and one voice exclaim, "Oh shit, are we in trouble?" Next came a secretive bend in the blinds as someone inside peered out the window; they never answered the door though. After a few moments of waiting I did hear them turn down their music, so at least the trip wasn't a waste.

However, when I got back to my room I could still hear the bassline thumping from two floors above and every once in a while some loud voices filtered down as well. Had they turned down their music enough that I couldn't hear it I would have gone back to sleep. Had they answered the door earlier I would have gone back up with a sheepish look on my face and a request for them to be a little more considerate of the other people living in the complex. But hey, if you're too cool to talk with a guy in his pajamas at a quarter to four in the morning ... well, that doesn't leave me much choice but to find someone who can get your attention.

Nobody answered at the apartment front office, but over the weekend everyone had been given flyers outlining noise violation rules with the contact number of a police officer with a route through our part of town, and I gave him a ring to ask about some help. It's also worth mentioning that being reported for a noise violation results in a $100 fine - which apparently can be reduced for cooperating with the police - and each subsequent violation is a $500 fine and mandatory court appearance. It seems a little harsh, but if you want to be a jerk and not answer the door you're kind of asking for something like that to happen.


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Aug. 17th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Do you know if they got fined or not?

A friend of mine used to live below a Russian guy who would be doing all sorts of stuff at 2am in the morning, I think playing video games. She marched right up there in her robe and they had a scream fest. Joy.
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I have no idea. I left the apartment at 7:30 this morning for work and haven't been home since. For all I know they could have come down and yelled at my flatmate, but she probably would have called me if that had happened.

There's no way that I could win a screaming or yelling contest. I'd win if it came to using logic, but I somehow doubt it would take much work considering the fact that they're playing music so loud late at night in the first place.
Aug. 17th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
What she should have done is pulled the plug! ;)
Aug. 17th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
You know, my friend is a cheeky Southerner, so I'm kind of surprised she didn't!
Aug. 17th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh the bass beat. I don't think people understand that even if their music is 'quiet' (super loud to normal, not deaf ears) that the beat can still be heard for miles, and can not be drowned out, no matter how loud you turn up your own music. Or so experience has taught me.
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Plus, being on a direct vertical line means that once the volume gets loud enough you can feel the faint vibrations of the bass. It's a shame more people don't think along the same lines as you and I do.

Say, what are your plans for the Labor Day weekend?
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
The Saturday of labour-day weekend is move-in day, so no definite plans. A lot of running around campus and enjoying my final days of freedom. Is that when you're going to be there?
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Our trip was going to be this week, but without hearing back from my flatmate I wasn't sure if she would want to go or not - and now it's a little late for me to request time off from work. Labor Day is the next easiest time for me to go, but if you're going to be busy I can always wait until some time later in the year. We may not have the same winter or spring breaks, so that might be another possibility?
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think our spring breaks are at the same time, unless yours is the second week of February?

Labour day weekend should be perfect. For me, anyway.
Aug. 18th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
It had better not be the second week of February! If this year is anything like the one before our spring break will be during the first full week of April.

I still don't know when I'm going to leave for home, but odds are that we'd make the trip up to Vancouver on Sunday.
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds great--I hope to see you then. :)
Aug. 17th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)

i unfortunately know exactly what you went through.

my dorm room this past semester faced a boys dorm and from about 3 in the afternoon to midnight i heard rap music. non. stop. 9 hours of bass. it was horrible. and i'm not exaggerating when i say it was every day from 3-12.

i called public safety many a times...
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that sounds really painful. Are you in a better location this semester or will you have to wait until classes start before you know for sure?
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