Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wednesday's Wisdom (better late than never): Respect thy neighbors ...even when they are jerks.

respect., originally uploaded by justbadpot.
There's been quite an interesting debate/rant/argument/bare-knuckle fight taking place on my condo's Facebook group as of late dealing with the issue of respect. It all started with a rather innocent comment where a resident asked where the sound of drilling had been coming from that morning. This led to a response where it was suggested that living in a downtown condo meant dealing with some noise, like it or lump it. Fast forward to comments about residents party/music noise levels and the suggestion that those complaining were old fogey's who should move to the suburbs and shut the hell and up and was on.

And there's nothing I love more than a true throw-down.

I'm sure that the conversation will be ongoing and given the fact that the building is a pretty good mix of Ryerson students, young singlites, settled down 30-somethings and old Chinese ladies I'm pretty sure that there will never be a consensus as to what constitutes the ideal decibel level. That being said, there is something to this argument of downtown living. There is a certain amount of tolerance that needs to be reserved for early morning city workers and late night homeless drunks. I'm over it, I'll deal. It took me several months to build up this tolerance but I'm proud to say that I'm there.

What I do NOT have tolerance for is the 4am brain-rattling, homicide-inducing bass thumps of the asshole in the unit above me who's decided that being alive is enough reason for a late night celebration. Don't get me wrong, I respect your right to celebrate and let loose ...but perhaps you (I'm lookin' at you Mr. Asshole of the Bass Thumps) could respect the fact that the rest of us need to haul our sorry alive selves to work... in, oh...let's say...two hours. One of the benefits of living in The Big Smoke is that should you feel the need to get your rocks off at such an ungodly hour there are a number of ungodly places open and available to serve you. So please, I beg of you, go and explore beyond the wall of your living room.

I hear there are some really good acoustics on the far lane of the DVP. Just a suggestion.

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