January 1st, 2012

Was I a dick?

My next door neighbors are renters in a building that's mostly owner-occupied. In the past, I've had a lot of trouble with them playing music late at night-- I sleep right next to the wall that we share, and even at moderate volume the bass from their music carries into my unit and keeps me awake. There's one master tenant for the[ unit, and a revolving door of roommates and guests.

Early last year I had it out with the master tenant. He agreed that they would turn the music off by midnight to avoid keeping me awake. Technically the building's quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., but I'm never in bed by 10 so I don't care about that. They've mostly been pretty good since then, with only one or two incidents.

Tonight I had to go over at 4:30 in the morning to tell them to turn the music off. One of the roommates answered the door, and I got the impression that the master tenant wasn't there at the time. I then fired off email to the master tenant:

I just had to ask your roommates to turn down the music. I know
it's new years eve, but even so, 4:30 a.m. is just is not cool.

Would you please remind your roommates that music needs to go off
by midnight? It may not seem very loud to you, but bass carries.
Alternately, maybe you guys could switch to different music after
that time? I could make a few suggestions:


A very sleepy Patti

I cc:ed the mail to the HOA's board of directors. I'm not quite sure why I did that, whether it was to vent frustration, document the complaint, or Have Something Done. A part of me really feels like an ass for escalating it, especially since the guys have been pretty good recently. On the other hand, 4:30 a.m. is way over the line, even on new years eve.

What do you think? Was I a dick?