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Neighbors - The Rancho Commons
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Neighbors
We've had a neighbor now for several months. Mostly they have been unobtrusive and even reclusive. It is a white woman in her late 40s/50s and a young black male, probably younger than 30. Strange, already.

This morning at 5am I was awakened by the unmistakeable rhythmic thudding of a rap music bass line. I looked at my watch, decided there was no way I was going to be able to fall back asleep as long as it kept thudding, and decided to get up, 2 hours early!



Once I got in the living room and could still hear it, I stepped out on the front porch. The third time I heard the word, "Niggas" (in about 15 seconds)... clearly... on my own front porch... I decided I was well within my right to ask them to turn it down. The woman's car was gone and I'm assuming she was at work or something.

I pounded on the front door, just as a song ended. He didn't look out or come to the door...

Him: Yo!
Me: It's the neighbor, can you turn that down some?
Him: Yes I can!
Me: Thank you, buddy!

I returned to my living room and it wasn't long till Allie was up, too. He turned it down a little bit but it was still plenty loud. I was glad the boys at least got to sleep till it was time for them to get ready for school.

This is a habit that will not continue. I will find a way to solve this problem should it arise again. Our bedroom and Josh's are both on that side of the house. I don't mind someone playing their music loud in their own (rented) home, but it shouldn't be so loud it keeps the neighbors awake in their house with a fan running, should it?
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Comments
sweet3mich From: sweet3mich Date: November 3rd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
The young man might be her son.

At any rate, I don't see a problem with you going over and talking with him before it happens again. Just keep it friendly and informative and it shouldn't be a problem. I've done it that way and have always had decent results.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
The young man might be her son.

This is one of several theories we hold as well. Worst case scenario in my book is that his mom has brought him down here from up North (NYC or some such) to hide him because he's a fugitive. That would explain why he doesn't seem to work and they are so reclusive, eh? Just a theory.
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: November 3rd, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would go over when both of them are there and let them know that you respect his right to listen to music in their home, but at the same time there are acceptable times when loud music is no appropriate. Than bust a cap in'is ass! :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I might post more background to detail this, but he isn't very friendly. My view is that regardless of the time of day or night, if it is loud enough to disturb me in my home, then it is too loud. If I'm awake and moving about I wouldn't really care, but I sleep as much in the day as I do at night, so time is less relevant to the level of disturbance to me.
mygyzmom From: mygyzmom Date: November 3rd, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, and you are definitely disturbed! :)
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: November 3rd, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that being the case, give me directions and I'll go have a chat with the young man... ;)
acey From: acey Date: November 3rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

The word "noise" is derived from the Latin word "nausea"...

A while ago I had occasion to look up this topic on Seattle's website.
There's an interesting chart halfway down the page.
The writer states that "70 dB is the point at which noise begins to harm hearing".

Good luck with a solution.
caramaea From: caramaea Date: November 13th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hi

Reminds me of my neighbors...

I've added you. I'm a nurse from W-S, NC as well, hope that's enough in common to reciprocate the add. ;)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 15th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi

Homegirl! Of course, added.
caramaea From: caramaea Date: November 15th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi

Thanks! :)
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