You live on the middle floor of a three story apartment complex. You might as well live inside a drum. You’re going to be able to hear you neighbors now and then. There are 259 other units in this complex, and no one else is calling the police about loud neighbors, and it’s not because their neighbors are as quiet as field mice. It’s because they walk next door and ask their neighbors to turn the movie down at midnight. It’s because they walk upstairs and ask their neighbors to stop river dancing at 2 am. It’s because they open their window and yell at the tweakers in the parking lot to get lost. It’s because when their neighbors tell them to pound sand, they complain to the apartment complex management, they don’t call the police. Typical loud neighbor noise isn’t a police problem. The guy next door with a live band playing in his backyard at 1 am without a permit, that’s a police problem. There are benefits to living in an apartment. You don’t have to mow the lawn, replace the gutters, paint the walls, or service the water heater. You could vacuum once in a while though, seriously. But everyone knows, if you live in an apartment, you’re going to have to deal with some neighbor noise. Find a mature way to handle it that doesn’t involve me.

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