We’re gonna make it through

20th October 2013

After having another absolutely pants week I’m feeling quite optimistic about this forthcoming week. Honestly, it can’t get any worse. Then again, I said that last Monday.

I still haven’t heard back from either the council or the electricity supplier. The only news that has come from my electricity supplier is that they are putting up their prices by nearly 10%. Typical.

I found out that my noisy neighbour upstairs is in fact a woman. After sending a third polite letter to her telling her that because she had ignored my complaint that I had spoken to Environmental Health, I found the letter I wrote in the lobby with the word ‘grass’ wrote on it and ‘if you do not like it then move’.

I was shocked and frightened. I had tried to resolve the situation in a careful manner and now this happens. I was so shaken up that I called the police. They were actually incredibly helpful. I also spoke to the building manager (I’m not sure why I was afraid to go to him in the first place). He was kind enough to do some investigating for us.

The building manager returned after speaking to the woman who lives above us. As we had stereotypically assumed he was a young man, probably a student, we were shocked to discover that it was in fact a female and she was a lecturer at the university! The manager told us that she denied the noise and the writing on the letter. She said that the music must have been coming from elsewhere. Bollocks. We are on the end of the building and there is only one flat above us. There is no way it’s the next door neighbours or the people below. We’ve spent bloody long enough listening to the loud music to know exactly where it is coming from. The manager also told us that he couldn’t see any bass speaker in her flat and she had shown him her iPad which only contained classical music. Of course anyone can fake this. It made Tyrone and I feel stupid.

Of course, she could be telling the truth but both Tyrone and I see this as highly unlikely. She even threatened to take us to court for sending the letters to us. The building management told both her and us that it would be a stupid idea to do so because our letters were valid and polite. If she really wanted to take us to court then why would she leave the evidence (the letter that we sent) in the lobby, rather than keeping it for herself?!

The funniest thing is that since this incident there has been no loud music coming from upstairs. Coincidence? I think not. Quite clearly the thought of the building management and environmental health on her case has finally made her realise.

I have tried to keep all this craziness at the back of mind because I have a life to be getting on with. This week I’ve had two field trips with university; one to the International Slavery Museum and one to dried up canal in Warrington to take soil samples.

Next week I am going to be keeping myself busy. I’m finally going to register with a doctor here. I’ve been having problems with my hand, fingers and wrist. I’ve seen a doctor about this before as I suspect it’s arthritis. My DDH/CDH makes me more susceptible to getting it as well as a family history of the condition. The last doctor I saw about it was useless and did nothing. If it is arthritis I want to know before it gets worse. I want to be able to do something about it. I’m also going to join the local swimming pool. My university gives student free membership to certain gyms and swimming pools in the area. The nearest pool is a bit of a walk away but I’m really looking forward to getting back into a routine with swimming again.

Next weekend I’m going back to Shropshire to visit my parents. It’s been nearly two months since I last saw them. Of course, I’ve spoken to them quite often. I’m regularly calling them to ask for advice in regards to all the problems I have been having. They’ve been lifesavers. Just getting some advice when I’ve been completely clueless has been fantastic. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with them. I miss them.

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  1. Wow, a uni lecturer? That’s pretty poor performance. I mean, sure everyone loves music, I LOVE loud music,but if I lived above/below/around other people in one building, I would play it quiter. I live in a flat at the moment (stand alone house), and play my music a bit loudly. However I only play it during the day and my bedroom is far away from anyone else.

    You took soil samples? Are you taking a soil science class? I took that last year (I have to) and I failed. Mainly because the only two tests they had I was sick. I know that’s a poor exuse, but I even got letters from my doctors and counselor. Anyway, I found the class interesting, as an ag student, anyway!

    How far do you live from your parents? I’ve been living on my own for maybe 4 years now? But I miss my mum and sister a lot. They live in the North Island, so quiet far away from me!. .

    • I love loud music too but you’ve got to have some respect for your neighbours. Back home I lived in a detached house so playing my music there wasn’t an issue. Now I’m in a flat I listen to my music through headphones to respect others. I wish other people had the consideration that I do.

      Yep. I’m studying geography at uni and one of the modules I have taken this year is about environmental systems, including the soil system. Strangely enough, soil is an interesting topic. πŸ˜›

      I live about 1 and a half hours away from my parents, which isn’t too bad at all. I miss them yet when even I go back home I miss my little flat in Liverpool. I’m really growing up. πŸ™‚

  2. It’s a bit of a walk, but the pool in Wavetree is amazing. I can’t swim, but I really want to learn.

    Your neighbour sounds like a prat. It’s so hard to prove things like noise complaints, and having no bass speaker? That’s stupid. You’re quite right, of course she can fake that. The landlord would have had to give notice that he was visiting so all she has to do is hide the speaker. That’s stupid evidence. She sounds very paranoid though, threatening to take you to court. I don’t know what grounds she thinks she has but no normal court would even take that complaint. I hope everything settles for you soon!

    • Is that the aquatic centre? If so I think I have free entry to there too. πŸ™‚

      She is a bit of an idiot. I mean if it were the people below it would be a lot easier to annoy them. I’d just walk about in noisy shoes and play my own bass speaker. It’s got to be coming from upstairs.

  3. Wow, seems like a really busy week you had.
    I’m glad that your neighbor stopped playing her music so loud, It’s so annoying, especially at night, when I’m trying to sleep and one of my neighbors decided to blast their speakers.

    I hope you find out the cure, or at least a way to deal with your hands, etc.. I would offer you some advice, but I’m clueless. If I’m not wrong, the Chinese believes that bathing at night, then sleeping in a cold room causes that. I might be wrong though, don’t take my word for it.

    Free memberships? Cool. I would have signed up for everything, if it’s free. Haha, I’m a huge fan of free stuffs. I mean, who doesn’t?