I’m not the world’s most patient person.
Not even close
Barking dogs in my street annoy me, I get angry when I hear cars being “revved” unnecessarily in my neighbors driveways
…I’m trying to relax to my Chillout Lounge Ambience megamix, thank you very much…
and don’t even get me started on my neighbours late night parties with his Doov Doov mus- no, noise (seriously mate, that’s NOT music!) pounding through my walls til 4am!!
I don’t like noise unless it’s my own. I especially don’t like my neighbours noise.
Okay, perhaps I just don’t like my neighbours
which is weird – seeing as I actually married one – but that’s a whole other story…
Anyway, the house next door always emits strange sounds. It is old, and extremely close to our fence line, which also happens to sit along my bed head
Our bedroom wall is their back fence
When they walk through their house it’s like elephants on parade. When they slam doors it gives me whiplash. And when they run through their back yard it’s like the whole damn zoo is charging.
At my head
While I’m trying to sleep
Did I mention I don’t have much patience??
They always seem to be up late
Not always partying with late music (which is a shame, as at least I could get the cops sympathy on that one)
In fact, it almost seems like they deliberately stay quiet, until just before I’m about to go to bed.
I’ve even considered moving, because – seriously – how do you have that kind of conflict resolution conversation?
“Ummm, excuse me mate, would you mind terribly ummm – not walking, using your doors or living? Cheers, thanks, oh, and while I’m here can I borrow some sugar?”
But the other day I found sweet salvation
Sitting in the lounge quite late at night, I was rejoicing in the realisation that it had finally gone quiet next door and I could, perhaps, actually go to bed and get some sleep before the dawn chorus woke me (oh I forgot to mention…not only are they late night party animals with no taste in music…they also happen to be tradies who develop elephantisis at 5am as well)
With everyone else in my house either in bed or preparing for said activity, the house went deathly quiet as soon as I switched off the TV
That’s when I heard it…
The most beautiful sound in the world!
The most God awful rattling, gurgling, popping, wheezing and just plain ANNOYING sound I’d ever had the pleasure of hearing…
And it was coming from my house.
From the side of my house where noisy neighbours live..
From very, very close to the house where I assumed my dear neighbours would now be peacefully slumbering…
It turns out we own a defective, loud and just plain irritatingly NOISY hot water system
One that could easily wake the neighbours, their dogs and quite possibly the elephants too…
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Time to jump in the shower!