What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

The Tempest in Apartment "A"

I'd call them the neighbors from hell, but that would be an insult to neighbors from hell. They were not just loud, they were jet-engine loud. They cranked the music and partied all night, every night. They had drums in the living room. In an apartment. An apartment that had a wall in common with my bedroom. It got bad enough that I started having to go to bed with headphones on, using Soundgarden to drown out the noise.

They were entrepeneurs with a home-based sales business. I won't get into specifics about their merchandise, other than to say that you won't find it in the store. Their clintele, a diverse and hygenically challenged bunch, staggered into the building at all hours of the night and pounded on their front door, or sometimes in their confusion, mine. One Friday evening, as I sat parked on my couch nursing a can of Busch watching VH1's "Behind the Music," two girls in short skirts and heavy makeup burst in through my unlocked front door. They looked around, confused by the cleanliness of their surroundings, giggled coquettishly, muttered apologies, and staggered out shakily on their stiletto heels. "Hey!" I shouted after them. "You don't have to leave! Really!" But it was to no avail.

The word around the building was that they were two months' behind in their rent and about to be evicted. I knew I had to exact my revenge soon. I questioned the two upstairs tenants and discovered a date on which they would all be gone for the night, as would my roommate. As would I. Before I left, I put NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" into my CD player. I cranked it up and hit the repeat all button. Then I split, leaving the neighbors to be serenaded by Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre all night long.

When I got home the next morning, there was a nasty note pinned to my apartment door. Pinned to theirs was an eviction notice.


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