We are labelled as unreasonable, and not making an attempt to fit in with the neighbourhood....
Why? do I hear you ask?
Well to put it in simple terms....
We let handsome H, play his drums for 20 minutes everyday, whilst shut away in the garage!
Apparently the noise is just too much for her to bear.
She came around and knocked the door and asked S if our landlady was going t soundproof the garage because of the noise from the drumming. S told her that no the landlady was not going to soundproof the garage.
She then went on to say that the noise was just way to much to bear, so could we pay for soundproofing or just stop H from playing. S told her that no we wouldn't pay for soundproofing and there was no way we were going to stop H from playing. She said we were unreasonable, so S kept his cool and said that he felt we were being pretty considerable. He explained that H is only allowed to practice after 10am and before 4.30pm, and he is only allowed 20 mins per day. The neighbour heard what she wanted to hear and started ranting about 6hrs practice a day!!! She completely missed that he had a 6hr window in which he could practice for 20 mins! Despite S's efforts to explain our situation, the neighbour was off and running and wouldn't listen to any reason whatsoever. I kept out of the way and left S to deal with it, and I have no clue how he stayed so calm with this crazy woman ranting on the doorstep. In the end she huffed herself up and stomped off back to her house muttering about what terrible neighbours we were!
S phoned our landlady (who has told us some weirdly wonderful tales about this crazy neighbour), just to let her know that she would probably be getting an irate phone call from the mad woman. She said not to worry she would deal with it if and when it came and for us not to worry because the neighbour was crazy.
The house we live in has been rented out for many years, and it was the house our landlady grew up in, so over the years she has seen and heard a lot from our nasty neighbour. Here are some of the things we have heard about her either from her or from our landlady:
- She told S that we should send our boys to private school like they did their daughters, because there is less of the colour in private schools!
- She said he husband worked at JPL making camera's for the space shuttle - he is in fact an attorney and works in the town.
- She went around the neighbourhood with a petition trying to get signatures to get a gay tenant in this house thrown out.
- She went around the neighbourhood with a petition trying to get signatures to get a black tenant in this house thrown out.
- She openly admits to going to Starbucks every morning to drink coffee and read the papers until she knows her husband has gone out to work. Then she comes home to the peace of an empty house.
- She told me that "we could do so much better" when I told her that we had registered with the family doctors practice in the town. The main doctor is Argentinian and one of the other doctors is Mexican (draw your own conclusion)
Over the drum playing, I contacted the police department to find out where we stood legally. I was told that if our neighbour made a complaint they would investigate the noise levels, but they didn't really see how 20 mins a day could be seen as unreasonable.
Later on in the evening, we got a phone call back from our landlady to say that she had indeed had a call and that she had seen red, lost her temper and really let the neighbour have it with both barrels, bringing up all kinds of stuff from the past and saying how on earth could a 12 year old drumming be a problem. The neighbour told her that she was at home all the day and the sound of H playing just vibrated through the entire house all day long, to which my landlady was quick in with, "well I don't see how that is happening when the kids is in school all day' and only goes out to practice when he gets home!"
The up shot of it all is that the neighbour, after getting it in the neck from my landlady, has agreed that 30 mins a day is not unreasonable, and that by not letting him practice before 10am or after 4.30pm we are in fact being very reasonable because we only let him practice when most people are out at work!
Hopefully that will be an end to it all, but I strongly suspect that we will see her wandering the neighbourhood with her little clipboard trying to get signatures on a petition to get us removed - crazy cow!
On a more appealing note - why not head over to Maggie @ Finding Myself. She is having her first ever give-away, and it is really cool. I won't say any more because I don't want to ruin it for you
Have a wonderful day, and try not to encounter any neighbours from hell.