Oct 26

Sun '14

Don’t anger the pregnant lady

I almost brought out my inner pregnant bitch last night. I was not a happy camper while trying to get to sleep last night. I resisted though and didn’t manage to let her out. Let me explain.

Some neighbours across the alley were having a party. I assume it was probably a Halloween party or something. Now I am not against parties or anything, just to be clear. I love a nice get together with friends. It’s always a good time. What I do have a problem with is when someone else’s party affects people whom haven’t been invited to the party. Like last night, this party across the alley was blaring their stereo music so half the community could hear it. People were yelling and shouting and yes, probably having a good time, but at the expense of all other neighbours in the vicinity.

I first noticed the noise around 8pm and it just got louder and louder from that time on. Of course with people getting more and more drunk, I guess that made sense. I went to bed around 9pm because I had to be up at 6am this morning for work. Also, Peter and I are about to bring a newborn into this world who is not going to be very favourable to our normal sleep schedule. I am trying my hardest to get as much sleep as I can now.

While I was laying in bed, I quickly looked up the bylaws for noise in Calgary. Apparently the law starts at 10pm. So in my little naïve head, I hoped that they would turn their music down at 10pm. Well of course I was wrong. I finally managed to drift off to sleep just after 10pm, but woke up again at 11:30pm. The noise was 20x louder, I swear. So before calling the police on them, I decided to try my wearing my ear plugs to fall back asleep. I was VERY hesitant to do this because I haven’t worn my ear plugs to sleep since June 30th. I stopped wearing them because I wanted to train myself to not need them for when the baby came. Well I have successfully managed to “wean” myself from them as I quit cold turkey and haven’t needed them once, until last night. That is one of the reasons I was so mad at the people across the alley. They forced me to do something I didn’t want to do. I mean if I called the police, who knows when or if they would have even answered the complaint.

At least, apart from all the raging thoughts in my head, the ear plugs did work. When Peter came to bed at 3am (he was having game night with his friends), the party across the alley was over. That or another neighbour called the police on their noisy party. I took out the ear plugs and didn’t use them for the rest of the night. With Peter in bed and no outside noise, I fell back asleep within seconds. PHEW!

At 6:30am this morning, I really wanted to go knock on the partier’s door and ask them for some milk or something. Just to wake them up and see how they like being woken up. Of course, I would never do that, but the fantasies made me feel a bit better. I also sort of wish that I had actually called the police. After all, those people sure didn’t care about anyone else in the neighbourhood so why should I feel bad for reporting them.

Oh well, it’s a new day and I am hopeful there will not be another party any time soon. Ranting over now.

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2 Responses to “Don’t anger the pregnant lady”

  • kathy@vodka and soda
    October 29, 2014 @ 7:40 am

    ugh, ahole neighbours ARE THE WORST. for over 5yrs, we’ve been having these problems and this year i have had enough. i called the bylaw enforcement on them, they went over there and “educated” them based on the the bylaws and what the annoyed neighbours can do if they don’t stop their shenanigans ie. press charges. i have also called the cops on them!!

  • C
    October 29, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    I have to say you handled this all with such grace that I envy you! If I were you, I would’ve gone Hulk on them ALLLL.

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