Neighbors and Courtesy  

mebanecpl4chat 61M/61F
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10/9/2005 5:34 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Neighbors and Courtesy


Once again last night I called the police regarding my neighbors across the street. The previous tenants were a young couple who frequently fought outside late at night. Each morning at 6:00 AM here comes the ride to work who blows his horn several times to tell them he had arrived. Now normally I don't care what a person does on their property but when what you do interferes with my enjoyment of my property I draw the line. Well those tenants finally moved out and the landlord vowed to fix the place (It was a real dump and I mean that literally. The place was overgrown in weeds, trash and wrecked vehicles were everywhere, and the house itself was in need of major repairs.) So yes he did repair the house and what seemed a nice family moved in. It didn't take long for the problems to start. The night they moved in they decided to throw a moving in party at midnight. OK I let that one slide. Maybe they were just glad it was all done. Next they bought a motorcycle. Again that's cool. Used to ride one myself and glad to see somebody is conserving gasoline. Plus the bike is an older model and really looks good. The problem is it doesn't run for squat. Every morning at 7:00 I am blasted out of bed by him revving the bike. The muffler sounds useless and it obviously has engine problems as it won't idle until it's warmed up for 5 minutes. He then races out of the drive at high speed and I hear him down the road for several blocks. I called the police to see if he was violating a city noise ordinance. Didn't want to file a complaint but the police stopped by (this being a small town they are a friendly bunch and pretty much know everybody) and after describing the noise they said yeah if it wakes you up he's in violation. They advised getting a copy of the ordinance and putting it in his mailbox. Then if he continued they would cite him. Interestingly enough right after this he stopped riding the bike in the AM and one day someone came over and tore down the bike in an attempt to fix it. He evidently was unable to do so as the bike continued to run rough. Anyway the early morning bike rides stopped. There was still occasional noise but hey I expect some from the neighbors and as long as I'm not continuously disturbed so what. Last night was a final straw episode. During the day they threw a party. Cool by me. It's daytime, the noise isn't excessive, and everyone seems to be having a good time. About 8:00 PM everyone had left and things were quiet. Getting ready for bed at 10:30 there was suddenly lots of high pitched screaming. Their teenage daughter was in their house shouting, "Don't leave me. Why are you leaving me?" Don't go". Both parents then came running out, jumped into their vehicles and peeled out at a high rate of speed in opposite directions. Now the daughter is outside screaming at the top of her lungs. We immediately called the police and asked that an officer be sent to check out the situation. The father returned a short time later, took the girl inside and turned off all the lights. This AM as I sat on my front porch reading the paper and enjoying my coffee I noticed both vehicles were again at the house and it was peaceful. Their doors were open and you could hear normal everyday sounds. I guess they noticed I was outside for they came out then shut both doors. My reaction? Good! Maybe they can live shut-up inside their house for a change and let me enjoy mine. Am I being overzealous with the neighbors? I don't think so. First there's a thing called common courtesy that seems to be lacking today. There seems to be so much more of an attitude that what you want to do at any given moment in public overrides anyone else's enjoyment. As a law professor I once knew said, "My rights end at the tip of my fist and your rights begin at the tip of your nose".

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