Spending a few nights at the Vegas hotel was a brief respite from our old lunatic downstairs neighbor Rita. Constantly screaming at the ceiling for the least infraction, including walking from the living room to the kitchen in our bare feet, she and her Igor-like roommate would also rustle about on their balcony at night, slipping off to the dumpster with mysterious plastic bags we suspected contained dead squirrels. There were certain â€¦ squelchy noises at night that were creepy as hell. Not to mention that it made it awfully tough to relax in the one place that should be your sanctuary from the real world. I wanted to feel safe in my own home for Chrissake, not worry about being literally knifed in the back by a psychopath, though Iâ€™m sure she thought it would be better if we didnâ€™t exist in the first place. Calling the front office was useless, since all theyâ€™d do was offer lame platitudes like â€œsheâ€™s a little out there, sure, but she means wellâ€. Right. And just how does calling us â€œpigsâ€ while shuffling down the halls in her open ratty bathrobe at all mean well? Sheâ€™d call the police on us too when we had normal 5 p.m. dinner conversation with the window open. And yes, mutter about murdering us in our sleep. Exactly how was this normal behavior?
We soon found out that every tenant living above her suffered the same fate â€“ eventually youâ€™d get too tired of fighting the insane and just move. Sheâ€™d been there so long, sheâ€™d win out of sheer spite and longevity. That was one nutty, angry woman. So after many a legal consultation and documentation, my husband and I finally did just that, we moved to protect our peace of mind, starting with a short vacation in the desert. A few short weeks later, we moved to the other side of the apartment complex and every once in a while weâ€™d drive by our old place just to reminisce and listen to her familiar rantings. Some nightmares are oddly comforting when you know them by heart. Still, it got me thinking. What if this was the future end on the path of bitterness. Then, dear God, I solemnly swear to stop holding grudges and to start loving my fellow man more. Except of course when someone dumps my wet laundry on the Laundromat floor. Amen.