As the Apartment Turns…
Very early Sunday morning, probably around 3 am. Or was it 2 am. 3? I hate daylight savings. Also, Sunday was THE! LONGEST! DAY! EVER! Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, really early Sunday morning – at some indeterminate time – I was sitting in the rocking chair in the baby’s room trying to get her to go back to sleep. I feel like I’m beating a dead horse but WHY WON’T SHE SLEEP? So, she was having some sort of night terror and would not be calmed down unless I was holding her and then I hear Bmm! Bmm! Bmm! (translation: thumping bass).
The dulcet tones of bad techno are not that rare of an occurrence in our building since we are sandwiched between college students and mid-twenty year olds with no kids. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t sound as if the music is actually coming from somewhere in our apartment. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t go on for hours and hours ALL DAY LONG! Mostly, I think it doesn’t bother me because our neighbors are respectful and don’t hassle us if we go downstairs and ask them to turn it down.
Small Side Note: A month or so ago, Brian was out of town and I had just put the baby to bed. It was a Saturday night and the downstairs neighbors were having a party. I realized that I had forgotten to get the mail, so I ventured down there in my pajamas to retrieve it. Little did I know that they were sitting outside on their patio (about 10 people and 2 dogs), drinking and smoking and listening to their music. I probably had a very shocked face and the first thing they asked was, “Is the music too loud?” And then they offered me a beer which I declined because I don’t drink Natty Light. Beer snob. Anywho, they are usually considerate is what I’m trying to get at.
So, although loud music is not uncommon, it is uncommon very early in the morning. But it didn’t seem to be bothering Lorelei and I managed to get her back down in the crib. I dragged myself back to our room and tried to tune it out so I could go back to sleep. Yeah. That didn’t work so well. I had just asked Brian to go down there and say something when the yelling started…
It was really bizarre. I felt like such a bad person for taking an active interest in what they were arguing about, but if they’re going to be loud enough to hear it’s their own fault. I think it was about laundry. I shit you not. I think Ava* was mad at Mario* because he stayed up late to do laundry and she wanted to go to bed. Mario goes on a rampage because he was doing the laundry for her and he wasn’t making her stay up. (I beg to differ, loud music dumbass.) I could barely hear what she was saying but he kept yelling, “AVA! AVA! WHY IS EVERYTHING SUCH A FUCKING ARGUMENT WITH YOU?!?!” He yelled that probably a dozen times.
There was a lot of door slamming. The music would be turned on again. And then back off. Ava would start yelling at him again. He would come back with some more dumbass comments. I think the last bit he said, “How did we end up like this?” Valid question but seriously Mario, asking it and then going into the other room and turning your music back on is not the way to have an argument. Just saying. At some point someone, possibly the older couple who live in the adjoining building, came over and pounded on their door. The whole thing ended with a door slam so violent that it shook the entire building.
Although I saw Ava’s car and thought I heard her dog barking yesterday, nothing today. Dog didn’t bark when I went to get the mail and the sign that used to be outside their living room window (A spoiled rotten dog lives here) is gone. Hmm…
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