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the things that shit me
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There are a few things that i just find so despicably low i can't fathom how people in their right minds can do it. Things that just appall me and should be punished Chinese-style by having tanks drive over the offenders. One of these things is people who murder, rape or otherwise physically abuse others. That includes throwing an egg at me and hitting me square in the back (happened a week or two ago - cunts). One of those things is public service workers who strike en masse, screwing up everyone's lives and wasting taxpayer money. Another is protestors who illegally stop traffic. And what's shitting me today is people who make noise complaints.

Yes, i've now received the third noise complaint of my life. Number one was when i was 15 and my step brother and friends had a party in the garage. Up late, listening to Pearl Jam, getting drunk, your usual teen noise complaint. The next was when i was 21 living in an apartment block; someone complained about me playing fucking Dead or Alive of all things. People who've read my journal for ages might remember that one. I ended up getting a letter from the real estate saying i'd be evicted if it continued. Today i received a letter complaining about my "offensive" music (you know, offensive like the fucking PET SHOP BOYS) and that if it continued the police would be called.

Never mind the fact that i never play music after 10pm. Never mind the fact that IF YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING APARTMENT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR NOISE. Jesus fucking Christ. If these people want to live in idyllic fucking silence they should move to fucking Wysteria Lane, or better yet, a fucking desert island. Hopefully they'll get eaten by a crocodile. Haven't they ever heard of earplugs? I can't get over how disgusting and utterly inconsiderate it is to complain about someone playing fucking music for God's sake. We have a crystal addict living upstairs who abuses his girlfriend and is up all hours of the night throwing shit around and yelling and someone has the nerve to complain about MUSIC? IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING DAY? Fuck off. The intolerance of these fucking philistine imbecile cunts just leaves me fucking incredulous.

They're like fucking terrorists is what they're like. They're blackmailing me into not playing music. "We'll call the cops." "We'll call your real estate agent." "We'll get you evicted." They should be thrown in Abu Ghraib and have their fingernails pulled out. Or maybe thrown in a fucking compound in Texas and have PsyOps smack them down by blasting music at them all day and all night till they all kill themselves.


I hate it when people move to the city and expect it to be like their shitty fucking quiet suburb or country town. Get a fucking grip. Get a fucking life. Live and let fucking live. Jesus.


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You know, I used to have the cops on speed dial. There really isn't any reason I should hear my neighbors even in an apartment building, and since I moved out of what had beconme a very expensive NYU dorm, I haven't. Well, except for that one time when the nighbors started partying at 1 om and went until 3 am and I had to be at work before dawn.

Basically, no fucking pity for you. Turn your stereo down. Get headphones. Read your lease. Its untterly inconsiderate to play your music over 40 decibels ever unless YOU live on a desert island.

I was thinking about you actually when i was off on my rant. I had a feeling you might disagree after your experiences at your last place. I must admit i didn't understand your feelings then and i still don't understand them now. I just don't feel it's my place to tell other people how much noise they should be making; particularly not in an apartment.

I feel no remorse at all for playing music in the middle of the day (and very little at night either). If people don't like it they really shouldn't be living there, in my opinion. I really find noise pollution to be one of the more ridiculous "environmental" laws on the books. If it's not loud enough to cause deafness or break windows, it's not doing any damage.

Nah. I still think you're the one that shouldn't be living among others if that's your attitude. Noise pollution does irrepairable hearing damage long before it's breaking windows, not to mention all that documentation about stress and sleep deprivation. You've probably already lost a fair chunk of your hearing.

If you get evicted, you'll have earned it.

I've actually been worried about hearing damage for a while now; it's why i've started wearing musicians' earplugs out clubbing. The one positive thing about the medical the other day was doing a hearing test and it turns out that my hearing is pretty good. Losing my hearing would be a disaster :(

The main reason the music is loud is because the stereo's in the living room and at a volume that i can hear it in the bedroom and/or kitchen. I do turn it down if i'm in the living room.

But in any case... wow, we seriously disagree on this. I have a real problem with forcing people to curtail behaviors that aren't causing anyone harm. It feels like an infringement on my civil liberties. I'm not sure how much stress and/or sleep deprivation loud noise causes (i'd be interested to see studies, if there've been any) because i tend to just sleep through it or turn on my own music to drown it out. It'd stress me out far more to turn a bit of noise into a big neighbor vs neighbor showdown.

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