Over the past few months I've run across our neighbors who help sandwich our little townhome in with a few others. Sometimes they wave, sometimes they smile. We don't know each other at all and I wouldn't even know it if their mail were in my box by accident unless I looked at the house number.
For the most part they've been quiet. Once in a while I'd hear some major vocal fighting that led me to feeling awkward so after a quick prayer for their resolution, I'd put on the t.v. to drown out their bickerfest.
Today I noticed a new man walking into the townhome. He, unlike his friends, waved AND said, "Hello!" Thinking nothing of it, I continued battling the War of the Groceries into our tri-level home. After another load of bags were dropped off at the foyer for my husband's retrieving service, said New Man went into the neighboring townhome with a cooler. Again, I thought nothing of it.
Maybe they got new speakers. Maybe their friend is a veteran or active duty member. Maybe they are having some sort of weird sex orgy. I don't know. All I do know is that start at 7:30 PM my living room wall has been throbbing. They were in and out of their deck (which is a great stage to my couch, literally two feet from their deck), carrying on loudly and I didn't mind thinking it'd end by 11ish. Music was playing loudly. After a while I figured it had to be a movie because it would drone in and out without real rhythym.
It's 2 AM. There is still throbbing. It's not loud enough by far to wake anyone in the house. Bella fell asleep without a hitch, but here I am, sleepy and now additionally witchy because that throbbing is just enough to be annoying.
It's. 2. In. The. Morning.
My husband has offered me the advice to go over there and knock on their door and politely ask them to turn it down (why not off? It's 2 AM!) but at this point, I am scared that whatever comes out of my mouth will sound more, "What is WRONG with you!? It's 2 AM! You don't even have the decency to wave or smile but you sure as hell don't mind making my walls throb!" rather than, "Oh hello, good evening. Would you ever so mind turning down your beautiful sound system for the benefit of a few hours sleep for me? Thank you kindly."