Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Love thy Neighbour.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to choose your neighbours?

These are my problems:

The dog next door that barks non-stop. It only barks when she’s out (i.e. most of the time) - so she doesn’t know it barks and she’s so nice I’m not going to tell her.

Then there’s the Sean Paul fan with the subwoofers turned up to max. One day it got so bad my clock fell off the wall. I was shaking and incomprehensible when I knocked on her door. Later, she came round looking sheepish ‘er…Kaaaz …could you - like- tell me when you go out and then I can turn the music up.’

So now I put a card through her door saying 'Kaz has left the building'. It’s nice to know your absence is appreciated.

Then there’s the cook who makes curry at breakfast time - the extractor fan points directly to my kitchen. I won’t mention the drunken Irish folk singer, the deaf movie fan or the DIY driller.

But - two recent articles made me think again:

In Mumbai (India’s most expensive city) there are housing estates where only vegetarians are allowed to buy a house. I don’t eat meat, but I love a prawn biryani.

Then there’s the town of ‘Black Jack’ in Missouri where unmarried couples with more than one child are banned. Couples who don’t comply are faced with fines of up to £270 per day.

So, I’ll take my chances. Anyway, if we all could choose our neighbours I don’t think anyone would pick me.


Blogger coolbuddha said...

I think I would pick you. Sorry to hear about the neighbours. One is having neighbour issues as well - it's good to know I am not alone!

8:32 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Why is it that our neighbours never listen to the same music we listen to? I could tolerate the noise a lot easier if so. That said, years ago a downstairs neighbour yelled up to me, "Turn down that hillbilly shit!"

12:19 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks Coolbuddha - I hope you wouldn't live to regret it. Hope you sort them out.

MJ: I sometimes think that,even if they played my favourite, it would be at the wrong time or the wrong volume.
Just call me a control freak.

8:48 am  
Blogger Wyndham said...

We've got quite a nice noise pollutionist next door. He practices the piano every night but he's actually quite good. I thank the lord every day that we don't live next door to the teenage drummer down the road.

10:22 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Wyndham
I once had a world class trumpet player upstairs - I'm afraid I didn't thank the lord too often for that.
Just naturally ungrateful I suppose.

6:27 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Maybe it's because we don't really have neighbours that I'm really aware of noise when it does happen. Sympathies. I really don't know how you put up with it.

10:28 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

BW - Lucky you. I've often wondered what it would be like.
I could turn the Verdi and Led Zep to full blast!

2:13 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

Hi Kaz - just recently discovered your blog, and am enjoying it. There's not enough blogs by "older women", so it's good to find another one.
Re the neighbours - have you tried earplugs?

8:17 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Stitchwort - Earplugs? I might miss something!

10:50 pm  
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