What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Your sex is becoming my sex

I lived in a Philadelphia apartment building that was built in the 1920s. It was charming--there was a fireplace, hardwood floors and my bedroom windows opened out into a lovely peaceful courtyard filled with big trees, old rhododendrons and huge holly shrubs. I loved my apartment...during the day.

At night, I dreaded going to bed. However, each night, hope for change sprung eternal. A single woman in my late 20s, I would get under the covers, turn out my light, then listen to the sounds of the city with the hopes of quickly falling asleep. Then, a few minutes after I turned off the lights, just before 11 p.m., it would begin. First the foreplay--a quiet murmuring that I couldn't hear, but began to imagine when the walking ceased in the bedroom above me. Then the subtle rhythmic noises above. Then, the full-on slamming of the bed into the wall, again, again and again. This happened every night for several weeks. I decided to take matters into my own hands. I picked the most peaceful lavender paper I could find and wrote a note: "Hi--I just wanted to let you know that I can hear you having sex each night at 11 p.m. Maybe you can move your bed away from the wall." Staisfied with my direct approach, I tucked the note under their doorknob.
The next morning I went out to get the paper by my door. Attached to my doorknob was a note. An apology note from my chagrined neighbors, most definitely. "We thought you could use these. Signed, your upstairs neighbors." A pair of earplugs was attached to their curt reply.
Infuriated at their lack of civility, I ended up using them.
And it worked.


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