The Peevish Slobberer from Beyond Electricity's Web

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The Peevish Slobberer from Beyond Electricity's Web

Postby K. M. Kirby » Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:28 pm

Has anybody ever had this happen to them? A new nightclub opens up right outside the bedroom window, as high-quality speakers cause the entire building to throb until precisely 2AM?

I kind-of enjoy it actually. The club doesn't happen every night; most nights they've got some sort of music rehearsal & dance thing going. It's intersting now to look out there and typically find someone else peering back at me.

Anyway, I've located their website in case anybody wants to come peer into my room late at night:

http://twindancespace.blogspot.com/


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Postby Steve Evil » Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:58 am

Never slept next to a club, but there was construction going on just outside every dorm I stayed in. Always early, or late. The cake was the cement mixer at 2 AM. Any normal person would have made a formal complaint. Me, I went down and sabataged the machine.

When I was growing up, my nieghbours had a motion sensor light pointed at my window that went off every time a squirrel walked by. They were nice people: I never mentioned it.

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Postby FinderDoug » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:42 pm

Never slept next to a club, but I did live beside the fire station in Johnson City, NY for a time. And I mean right beside - you could spider walk up the walls of the alley that separated our buildings.

I learned that things are apparently most flammable between 2 and 4 am.

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Postby K. M. Kirby » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:19 pm

There must be some reason for these noisy housing locations. For me, I guess, the huge numbers of people provided welcome relief from obsessing over the Johnny Fukkrfastr-types who invariably show up to "moon" me out of the way whenever a relationship starts to show some promise. Hey, with all the music and dancing, I can get my mind off the "things" I...just...know they're doing down in her room.

And they almost managed to keep it a secret, too; to string me along, in a delusion of pre-marital bliss. Of course, without my awareness of this "other" significant other, it's possible that they might have also just broken-up without my knowledge, who knows?

As things get more complicated, and rancor starts getting emailed about, one begins to wonder what will happen next...


Oh well, here's an interesting situation that popped up outside last night:

http://missionlocal.org/2009/10/jumper-on-valencia/
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Postby David Loftus » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:22 pm

I have never had the misfortune to live near that particular situation, but I summered once next to railroad tracks, which was no fun.

Now I live on the sixth floor of a pretty modern apartment building. Almost everything is just terrific except the walls are a little thin. Over the five years we've been here, we've been treated to Eurotrash music blasting on the other side of the wall in the wee hours of the morning (on weeknights!), the spirited sounds of - ahem - lovemaking, but fortunately, few shouting matches.

Last week we were awakened at 3 a.m. by the sounds of a young lady yelling and cursing at a fellow she was throwing out at the other end of the hall, and night before last our phone rang shortly before midnight. (Fortunately, we were still up and around.) When I answered, a very dreamy-sounding (as in, out of it) young female voice attempted to make desultory conversation briefly before hanging up. I knew from the caller ID that she was down at the front door, so Carole switched on the TV to the closed-circuit camera channel and we were able to get a look at her -- weaving and pressing buttons.

I finally decided to go down and confront her before she pestered other of our neighbors, who might actually be asleep, but when I got to the ground floor she stepped onto the elevator. (I also noticed another young girl was sitting outside a door down the hall, yakking on her cell phone.) The gal from the front door was headed to my floor. I asked her why she'd called me, and she lied through her teeth and said she hadn't. I told her she was drunk and she said she'd only had a few beers. When we got to the sixth floor, the girl in the hall said her roommate had locked her out, so she was waiting for her other roommate, who gets home at 3 a.m.

When I went out again to walk the dog, she was lying on the floor, yakking on her cell phone, and the front-door girl was gone.

It's like being back in a college dorm.
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Postby Ezra Lb. » Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:24 am

I've been really fortunate in my apartment neighbors. Of course you get the occasional knock or bump but that's not intolerable. The only real weirdness is that apparently we had a fire-bug a couple of years ago. He would start fires in the garbage rooms (one on each floor) and pull the fire alarm. Our local fire-fighters are very efficient and would arrive in less than five minutes. Of course nothing chills the blood more than an alarm going off at 3 am with red and blue lights in the parking lot. And two or three times a week! Well they eventually caught the bug who turned out to be a teenager whose family was subsequently invited to leave in lieu of prosecution.
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Postby FrankChurch » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:02 pm

Admit it, that was you Ezra.

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Postby Gwyneth M905 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:06 pm

Kevin wrote:
K. M. Kirby wrote:Oh well, here's an interesting situation that popped up outside last night:
http://missionlocal.org/2009/10/jumper-on-valencia/

From the link:
Several people near the scene of the incident said many of the hotel’s occupants have mental problems. [snips]
Early in the siege, a man walked up to the yellow tape and told police he needed to go inside the hotel room for his medication.

“I’m starting to hear voices,” he said. Police escorted him into the building.

One passerby asked police, “Why don’t you guys lasso him?”


OK, soapbox time. It's biased reporting like this that really pisses me off. People with mental illnesses should not be stereotyped and mocked. Would the same reporter report a bystander asking a cop to taser a diabetic?

The man with the MI, be it bipolar, schizophrenia, or psychotic anxiety, was being a responsible citizen and patient. He correctly identified that he was in danger of going into a medical crisis situation, and did the right thing by asking the cop to help him get his meds.

Once again, I'll draw the analogy with a diabetic--in fact, hypoglycemia can cause psychotic breaks--I sincerely doubt that the reporter would think it newsworthy to report that he was escorted in for his insulin. The same dignity should be given to people with mental illnesses, which are just as physiological as any other illness.

Kevin, I'm sorry that you had all this crap going on outside your apartment, man.

I talked a jumper down from a building here on Bush Street. The crowd was gathering and a few assholes were starting to yell "jump". I stalked up to them, demanded that they go in and call 911 or I would tell the cops they were inciting a felony. Then I just started yelling to the guy, "Don't do it! Don't jump! We're here for you! Talk to us!" The crowd caught on and by the time the paramedics and police arrived, he had told us about his breakup with his girlfriend. The police got him back from the edge, and he was taken away for treatment, I assume to SF General Hospital.

To be honest, it was Harlan's story, "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" that went through my head that night. I was damned if I was going to let that guy go without trying...something. And luckily, what I tried worked.
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Postby David Loftus » Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:29 pm

Nice job, Gwyneth.

Not sure I would have had the presence of mind to know what to do, or the intestinal fortitude to do it, but fortunately I've never been faced with that situation.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Re: The Peevish Slobberer from Beyond Electricity's Web

Postby cynic » Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:49 pm

super gwynie, :D :D
oustanding :!:

early this spring, 12:30 am,...BOOM. woke me up.
flashing lights though the curtains, must have been a battering ram at the house next door. "assholes, keep it down." i muttered,then...back to sleep.
12:45, more racket, awake AGAIN! ...mutter, "assholes, keep it down" sleep.
20 minutes later,...racket, voice of authority:"TURN AROUND! GO BACK THE WAY YOU CAME!" (loud)...mutter, sleep
15 min. later ... no noise...damn it, i wake up anyway!...lights still flashing, barely audible commotion.
Aww what the heck, i'll see what's up.
two full dress paramilitary(that i saw), flak vests and auto-rifles blocking the street and patroling the yards, paddy wagon, 2 marked cars, 2 plain, 5 cops, 1 neighbor still on the ground being fitted with cuffs, 2 in the wagon.
"cool, they got it handled"...5 minutes,...zzzzz.
follow your bliss,mike


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