Cranky old people are making my life miserable.

30 Apr

After all the crap we went through last year, we moved back into the suburbs and my mom & stepdad were nice enough to rent us their mobile home.   My husband decided last year that he wanted to build a little trailer for us to go camping in.  When we knew we were moving to this place, he asked my stepdad if he would be able to build the trailer in the carport (since there is no garage).  After getting the ok, he proceeded to buy the materials and last month started work on the trailer.  He has worked on it probably 4 days total over the weekends.  Well, our neighbors decided to ‘turn us in’.  Apparently, the wife couldn’t take her nap on Saturdays because Andrew was making too much noise.  Whaa??  We just got an official notice posted on our door.

I just don’t understand.  This isn’t a retirement facility nor is it 55+ park.  People make noise.  If I let my daughter ride her bike in the carport, I guarantee the noise level would be MUCH louder.  When my mom lived here, I remember driving up on Sundays when she was watching football and could hear her loud mouth (sorry Mom, you know you’re loud… that’s where I get it from) yelling throughout the game, while the windows were open.  I think the entire county knew when her team was winning or losing.

Anyway, I’m venting.  This isn’t the first time people here have given us a hard time.  First we had too many boxes in the carport.  (Hello, we were MOVING IN that weekend!)  Then the carport was too messy. (Again, we had just moved in.  At the time the complaint came in, I looked outside and there was nothing out there.  And, did they not check out my other neighbor’s carport? They have so much crap in theirs, it isn’t even funny.)  Then we were driving too fast. 

I’ve seen people blow through stop signs here.  I see people store crap in their carports.  The same neighbors who complain about us let their landscape grow into our area, and instead of bitching about it, hubby just trims it when he is doing ours. 

I’ll tell you, I’ve lived in apartments for the last 14 years and I’ve never had anyone report me for anything. (Same goes for hubby)   I don’t need Big Brother Grandpa watching my every move and bitching about it just because I’m under 60. We just want a break, you know?

PS, no mobile home/trailer trash jokes please.  We lost our house this year and are blessed to have a place closer to our family & friends.


3 Responses to “Cranky old people are making my life miserable.”

  1. curlywurlygurly April 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    a. i love your new layout…and header–so cute!

    b. venta away and don’t worry about the neighbors–there are nutty ones no matter where you go–house, apartment, trailer.

    i lived in a condo about 10 years ago and was convinced my downstairs neighbor was a porn star from the NOISE going on at all hours of the day and night. i still have nightmares.

    now we live next to a charming couple–we call them the gargoyles because all they do is sit on their front porch and watch everyone else coming and going. and they are nasty.

    The Gargoyles! LOL I should name ours the McCrabbys and McCrochetys. I had an upstairs neighbor that actually peed off his balcony at night. Don’t think I didn’t call that one in! Gross!

  2. GoofyJ April 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    Ok – I’d be ticked too. Most contracts don’t have daytime noise limits – I’d check yours because they can’t give you a notice or kick you out if it isn’t in there. Besides, making noise during the day is what you’re supposed to do – if the person wants to take a nap then they just have to deal with it. I would seriously take it up with the idiots that posted the notice – but then I was an apartment manager for so long that these kind of things really irk me.

    Best of luck – I hope things get better

    I don’t know what the deal is, but since we are not the owners of this place, I don’t want to rock the boat. But it is a bit irritating that hubby waits till well after 9am to start any projects and even though he may go on till 6pm, that is still quieter than if we were having an outside BBQ and having friends over. This lady needs to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around her (it revolves around me! j/k). AND it’s not like he is running power tools all day. He is usually measuring and drawing and then makes a cut or some drilling for a few minutes. Whatever!

  3. morethananelectrician April 30, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    My theory is that if other people are unhappy, they want you to be unhappy too.

    It is much easier to spread misery than joy.

    Rocking the boat isn’t always the best plan either. Just ride it out until you have other options.

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