Jan. 11th, 2009
i'm going to need fire and a mojito  
well, i just broke one of my hallway lights, and it's the result of a shoe.

My upstairs neighbors have been driving us absolutely mad lately. I'm pretty sure they've installed hardwood floors (against the lease of course). My roommate and i have dealt with it for 4 fucking years. I'm not sure what's changed in the past couple of months, but it's just gotten so fucking bad lately. I think maybe they've been home more than they usually are... I dunno.

All we hear is them walking back and forth.. back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth..back and forth.. back and forth.. back and forth.. back and forth.. back and forth. I can tell you what room they're in at any given time.

Understand, I'm not being picky: we're not quiet. Neither of us complains about anything. You could throw parties every weekend, play music, etc, I wouldn't care. But it's reached a point I think I'm going to lose my mind. It's become so Tell-Tale Heart lately that I think I'm srsly going to lose my fraking mind. If they so much as drop a paperclip, we fucking hear it... I'm not even exaggerating that&8212;I hear them drop things all the time... Every morning, afternoon, night. OMFG. My roommate says he's woken up every morning by the girl upstairs.

To make it worse, one of the guys walks on his heels, so it's this constant BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM from one end of the apartment to the other. They have two huge dogs. We hear the pitter patter of them all the time. The girl who just moved in wears heals... THAT is the absolute worst. You can't even watch TV when she's walking around, it's so fraking loud. Last weekend, she was walking back and forth from room to room that I actually just left the apartment because I couldn't deal.

Well, anyway, the stomping started up again tonight, and I just lost it. I started throwing my shoes at the ceiling. I managed to hit one of the lights in the hallway, and the cover came crashing down. argh. Guess I'm gonna have to visit IKEA to replace it.

I'm really not sure what to do about this. I don't want to complain. I really, really don't. I'm not quiet and it's just not my style. I don't want to be the annoying neighbor who tells them to stop walking, but we've put up with four fucking years of this crap. I don't know if it's this shitty building or what, but I KNOW they're not supposed to have hard wood floors installed (the apartments come with carpet). If they had carpet as they're supposed to, I doubt we'd even hear them, but every step they take echoes throughout our apartment.

My roommate and I are just seriously at our wits' ends with this. My roommate lost it one night and started pounding on the ceiling with the swiffer. We've actually contemplated moving out it's gotten so bad lately. $2100 a month for this crap? There's no way anyone would put up with what we've put up with.

guess my ass is schleping to the southbay tomorrow to get a new light fixture.


Mood: irritated
Listening to: Police - Every Breath You Take
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 12th, 2009 - 11:46 am
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 13th, 2009 - 04:47 am
We're on the first floor, so I'm sure we'd be allowed to do it (I don't think the cars in the garage would complain).

I really don't think they realize how unbelievably loud it is for us. They're gonna be screwed when we leave though and new tenants move in.
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Caseycaseyle82 on January 12th, 2009 - 12:39 pm
When I lived in California I had neighbors just like that. There were many of them living there, and they had odd sleeping hours. My question was always, WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY WALKING AROUND ALL THE TIME? DON'T THEY HAVE ANY PLACE TO SIT?!!!!?

Anyway, I was seriously considering moving myself, but luckily they moved out. Sorry tho, that sucks.
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(no subject) - andrewshead on January 12th, 2009 - 01:50 pm
Joejoephus on January 12th, 2009 - 02:23 pm
twen... twe... twe... twen... tweeenty one hundred dollars a MONTH!?

...and here I am pitching a fit over anything $800.
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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 12th, 2009 - 03:27 pm
the two cities that seem to have the most ridiculously over-inflated rents i've ever seen are boston and san francisco. i've a feeling that it's because they're both old cities, on peninsulas, with extremely limited space. tobin and i were paying over $1300/mo for about 350ft2 in 2001, i can't even imagine what it's up to now.

D: is that YOUR rent only? or the total you split?

also, geez man. if the units weren't designed for hardwood flooring, it's obviously going to be deafeningly loud. you can always take the chicken-route and leave an anon. message for the building super. (or something along those lines re: possible wood floors)
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 12th, 2009 - 06:11 pm
that's our total rent.

I'm pretty sure they were finishing installing it while we were moving in because we heard all sorts of ridiculous banging. Clearly there isn't enough padding or something. I think the manager knows, but he tends to look the other way unless someone's complaining.

I don't want to have to make them rip out their hardwood floors, but the way I look at it is if they want the hardwood floors, they're going to have to make some concessions... like watch the way they walk and throw some rugs down or something.

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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 12th, 2009 - 06:38 pm
ahh, rugs. yes, they should get rugs!
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Davidsebastian86 on January 13th, 2009 - 05:01 am
What about New York? Manhattan can be quite outrageous, though I do know a good handful of people who each pay less than 1000 where they live.
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Davidsebastian86 on January 13th, 2009 - 04:59 am
2100 divided by two isn't bad at all..

The rents for one bedroom places are so outrageous in most cities that I can't see myself living on my own for a while. It's $1600+ for a one bedroom in the building I live in right now in downtown Toronto.

The cheapest city I've lived in is Montreal, where you could easily get a one bedroom for around $800-900 AND it would still be downtown. I had a bachelors (an L-shaped studio or a two and a half if you speak Quebec real estate) for only $621 two years ago.
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Davidfriendofjack on January 12th, 2009 - 04:34 pm
There is no resolving this without talking to your upstairs neighbors. It can be done without coming across as an asshole.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 12th, 2009 - 06:18 pm
I think I'm going to catch the manager walking around while it's happening and just ask him to pop in for a second. The problem is, going upstairs to ask someone not to walk so heavy, I think, makes it sound as if I'm griping over some small thing. I think they don't realize how unbelievably loud it is. So I kind of want someone else to hear it (besides my friends who all universally go, "wtf is going on upstairs?") so if it does become a problem he can step in and say, "no, dude, I've heard it. They're not being unreasonable."

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Zmrezkill on January 12th, 2009 - 06:57 pm
That's prob the best thing you could do. Have them hear it for themselves. I can't believe you've put up with it for 4 years now!!

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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 12th, 2009 - 06:09 pm
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 12th, 2009 - 06:49 pm
I'm so downloading that program tonight. lol

I'm not even really sensitive to noise. People throw parties in our building all the time, listen to movies loud... None of it really bothers me. I'm not really the type to sit in a quiet room, trying to read a book or anything creazy like that. I always have the xbox, TV, music, something on...

But this endless stomping or clack clack clacking over my head though is really slowly driving me insane. I miss his old roommate. He walked normally. :/
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james__sndchasr on January 12th, 2009 - 11:55 pm
I know what you mean. Certain sounds like a dripping faucet, someone tapping their fingers on a desk or chewing gum really loud...those things drive me nuts! Loud music or TV, I'd barely notice.

I'd grab a broom and start banging on the ceiling to annoy them or have on some really loud gay porn (or actual sex assuming you are loud)

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ex_belove on January 12th, 2009 - 06:31 pm
Being the passive aggressive that I am, I would go out and buy some slippers and put them at their door.

You could also leave an anonymous note. "My roommate and I can hear you stomping around above our heads. It is becoming intolerable. Signed, anonymous."

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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 12th, 2009 - 06:38 pm
is it really anonymous when you tell them you live below them? ;)
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ex_belove on January 12th, 2009 - 06:44 pm
I forgot to add the *sarcasm* tags.
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Jean-Baptistexorn on January 13th, 2009 - 02:00 am
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The People's Exhibit A: wtfdavidology on January 13th, 2009 - 04:55 am
while that would certainly fuck over the upstairs tenants, I'm neither interested in fucking them over nor moving until I find something I want to buy.
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Jean-Baptistexorn on January 14th, 2009 - 02:01 am
I'll help you pick out paint when you're ready.
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Kyle: Stronggypsy1526 on January 13th, 2009 - 08:41 pm
I say you take what you bought in your last post and rival their noise with some noise of your own ;)
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