Being Neighborly: Loud and Obnoxious Neighbors

Being Neighborly: Loud and Obnoxious Neighbors

Grace Shu
Aug 24, 2007

If I seem a bit cranky this morning, it's because I'm in a relatively expensive and reputable hotel, and the room next to mine decided to throw an impromptu Amy Winehouse Rehab Send-Off party, complete with shots of vodka and hitting the pipe. (Also, I haven't had any coffee yet, for whatever that's worth). Now, I hate being a Debbie Downer (I like all those vices they were indulging in, except Amy Winehouse has been a bit overplayed lately), but I was peeved enough to march downstairs and tell the front desk rather bluntly, "The room next to mine is blasting music and smoking. Can you please move me to another room?" Afterwards (when I saw the kids being booted out and their parents who had been dining in the restaurant next door looking furious), I felt like a fuddy-duddy because haven't we all been that loud and obnoxious neighbor once? And on the flipside: if you have to share a wall with someone obnoxious, what's been the most effective way to deal with their loudness (aside from moving, of course)?
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