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A Letter To My Neigbor with the Loud music......

Updated on June 16, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

I can't help but notice that you have installed a new sub-woofer. Possibly the Sony XS-GTX121LS, Bose B1 base module, or other big f*#^*/#g sound system, which I have had the last 3 weeks to admire, every night after I eat my dinner and sit down to watch television. And what a fantastic selection you have made, I assure you.

Throughout my years past, I have experienced many a noisy neighbor, bashing out their "tunes" from whatever god awful contraption they thought acceptable to acquire while living in an apartment building, but I promise you that yours is in fact the loudest, most annoying of them all.

You must have simply walked into Best-buy and said to the salesperson, "I am a fantastic gobshite, who is seeking a very powerful sound system to bother everyone who lives within a 500 feet radius of my apartment." and fair dues to Best-buy, they enabled you.

I know there is nothing in the world that will prevent you from sitting crouched, legs crossed on your living room floor within inches of your television set, video game controller between your paws, the speakers blasting at full bass while the world passes you by, oblivious to the people around you, whose lives you make miserable every night. I am sure your parents tried to teach you manners, and unfortunately, now that you have been unleashed upon the world as you are, that is not my job.

No.... Instead, I commend you for being such an unbearable p***k, who makes us, the good people, realize how to be a good neighbor. When you are gone, and your face which I have never seen, but instead created an image of you in my head, has long vanished from my memory, I will still have an itch in the back of my mind. Like an itch that comes alive when my future kids turn their stereo up too loud in the back yard. At which time I will simply tell them, "be considerate, and don't disturb the neighbors". And I can trust that my children will have to tolerate yours as they grow older too. For you see there is two kinds of people in this world, of which I am one and you are the other.



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    • cfin profile image

      cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

      Hi Crafty,

      Luckily enough, we now live in a house with nice neighbors (so far). Hopefully I never have to share close quarters with such an abomination again. And at least I have this hub, which I wrote late one night out of frustration, to make me chuckle while looking back.

      Thanks for reading.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      What a terrible ordeal to have to go through. I rented a basement apartment when I was in college once and the neighbor above me blasted her music so loudly that my little crystal knick knacks fell of a shelf and broke. I moved. It just got to be too much. When I told the landlord, she said, "can't you just get along".

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Hi AU Fait,

      I live in Wisconsin, and having studied law, I can assure you that the laws here are nothing compared to most of Europe. The rights of renters in the US are a joke. I encountered the same problem in Ireland and it was fixed over night. Europe is a big place though, with many nations, and I know that some of these nations have lesser rights.

      Your story is quite interesting. It's sad that someone could not just report these guys especially if they were selling drugs.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I live in a 160 unit apartment complex. What you're talking about are 'rumble radios.' They vibrate anything within a block, and within 300 feet even on low.

      There is a very successful drug business here in this complex and for a while my neighbors, who were drug runners (drug delivery people) had vehicles with rumble radios. They announced when they left for a delivery and they announced when they returned, by blasting their rumble radios -- 15-30 minute intervals several times during the day and night. It was helpful for the cops because they could then time their comings and goings for evidence. However, I really don't care to know when they're coming and going on their deliveries, so I wasn't happy. They pounded those radios right under my windows and the windows rattled, and it was wholly a terrible situation for a few weeks.

      The rumble radios were like an alarm clock that went off at all hours of the day and night and you couldn't control the time it would go off, or shut it off. One day one of the drug runners parked his vehicle in the middle of the parking lot and blasted his radio for over half an hour.

      After about 20 minutes a lady who lives in the apartment behind mine went out and asked him to turn it down. She was then (about 2 years ago now) in her 90s and it was necessary for her to yell to be heard as he was standing beside his car while the radio pounded away. The guy yelled at her for asking him to turn his noise maker down, can you believe it?

      I started calling the cops, since we have a city noise ordinance here and my apartment manager refused to do anything. I was preparing to sue the owners of this complex since state law does require that they make it possible for me to enjoy my home and they sure weren't enforcing that law.

      After I had the cops here a few times management finally decided to evict these jerks. I can't believe these radios are even legal given how picky they used to be about loud mufflers a few years ago.

      I realize that the laws in Europe may be different, but here in the states there are laws against certain things and it mainly requires that somebody insist on their enforcement.

      Am I rude? If confronting these jerks and making them behave a little more considerately towards others is rude, then that's me.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      We moved out to the sticks to get away from the thoughtless few who think I should share their taste in music. But somehow, they have found me even though the UPS guy still has a hard time. In fact, at this very moment, my inconsiderate neighbor with a huge sub woofer has decided to share his heart thumping song with the neighborhood. Sometimes I want to retaliate with my own mega stereo and serenade him in return with Perry Como music. But that would be mean, I suppose.

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Hi Nell,

      I wrote this because I realize that everyone has gone through this. I hope you enjoyed the humor behind it. We are buying our first house early next year (hopefully) and will never have to encounter such a situation again. If you confront them, they won't change. I can't help but wonder how someone can be so horrible. And I also wanted to write this, because as you know, there are so many people out there (and on here) who are guilty of being rude in this respect. Hopefully they will take something from this.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I had a neighbour that did this to me, it drove me so mad I nearly either wanted to have a go at them or have a nervous breakdown! we argued, and it still didn't work, eventually they moved, but it took me ages to stop being jumpy, makes me so mad!