i like staying up late.
my blood starts flowing more freely once the sun sets. it’s not like i’m out clubbing or bar-hopping or doing many of the typical things that creatures of the night do (blood-sucking and generally wreaking havoc with creatures of the sun). nope. usually i’m pretty boring – i read, i noodle on my mac, i write, i watch movies and consume microwave popcorn with abandon, and sometimes, only sometimes, i listen to music.
unfortunately, the rest of the world does not share my nocturnal bent. my fussy downstairs neighbor, in particular, is one of these people. last night i was cranking my computer stereo at near-maximum volume, sound positively screaming out of my 1.5-inch desktop speakers. i’m lucky my windows didn’t shatter in the cacophony…
fortunately, the aforementioned neighbor came up to provide her form of sound-oriented community service.
“it’s after 10. could you please turn your music off?”
i was happy about the fact that she said Please, but turn the music off? and is there some unspoken rule about 10pm being the witching hour after which all sound-generating activities must be put to rest? she didn’t even say Hello or Thank You. and just for the record, i have never complained about the awful organ music that is her sole musical predilection.
generally, i try to be considerate as a neighbor. i try not to stomp around, i clean up the random junk paper that collects on the front stoop (a thankless job), and i try to keep it down. all of these little things go unnoticed, though, when the music is on just a little too loud, a little too late.
i’m being a little extreme here. to be fair, the music probably was just a tad loud, and it was 12:30am. sorry.
maybe it was just the nature of the neighborly exchange that ruffled my night-owl feathers. those few tiny words (Hello, Thank You, Down) would have made all the difference.
ok. i’m done being cranky. i’ll go back to being a good neighbor.
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