Noise is a constant when you live in a town or city.
On the boat, it was peaceful and serene, you may hear the odd conversation, but never would the sound of a TV, radio or Hi-fi system resonate across the marina. It was only visitors that lacked any consideration, but with the exception of one who was asked to find alternative moorings when then entire residential community complained to the office, once asked, they would turn the music down.
In our semi, we had major problems with the people house-sitting for our neighbours when they went on holiday for six months. As if one stereo wasn’t enough, we had two or three going at the same time, each playing something different, and the noise resonated not just through the walls disturbing us, but across the road and affecting other people.
We had to call in the authorities, and the guy who came was very discreet, sitting in our lounge for over half an hour before popping next door ‘for a word’.
The excuse was they had to turn their music up as they couldn’t hear it over our television.
Our guy told them that we didn’t have one on (this was before we gave it up), and he could tell them what music was playing and the order of the tracks, so if they didn’t comply, the equipment would be confiscated.
Since then, I have been so noise aware, I’d rather have nothing on in the background than disturb someone. Hubby came back from walking the dog one day and said he could hear me playing almost down to the beach so I should consider turning it down.
I was mortified and have only touched it once since. Luckily there is a volume control which is set very low, and I do have headphones.
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