Well guess what, that's bull! I have a small child and I expect neighbors to have enough courtesy and respect for others that I can put her to bed and go to bed myself, at a reasonable time and at a decent noise level. That does not mean I demand silence, or that I don't understand that people want to have fun and they are entitled to do so. I don't want to ruin their fun. Sometimes it would be nice to join them :)
Maybe some of my readers will share this in common with me: we used to have parties and the neighbors didn't even know. We had music, we had fun, sometimes we drank... We did so remembering the fact that others live near us and have as much right to relax in their homes as we do in ours. If my neighbors ever said we were loud I know for sure I'd never be allowed people over again. End of story.
That being said, a little music that I can kind of hear in the background is fine, normal, expected. Music so loud that I can't hear my own TV while I'm 7 ft away from it and its already louder then I like it, is RUDE. Lets not even mention that it's against laws or by laws or anything else. It's just plain inconsiderate and rude. What did their parents teach them? Is that what my girl will learn too? I darn well friggin hope not, I'll take out anything she owns that makes noise if I have too!
This comes down to more then just noise. This reminds me just how little people really care about others. There was a time when neighbors walked into each others houses and shared early morning coffee, picnicked together with their kids, had games nights. Now mine don't know my name, won't greet me when I walk past, and are interrupting my evening with theirs. And this has all changed in just 4 moves. This is the first time in over 10 years I've not known my neighbors, and I'm starting to wonder if this is how the future will be. Society is changing, and I'm not sure I like the way it's going.
My contribution will be that I will meet as many people around me as I can, and make as many friends in my community as possible, and I will bring back the respect! I will teach my child respect just as I was taught, and I'll help teach her children the same thing.
I challenge you to do the same. Please help me make our world a community, a neighborhood, a place we want to raise out children.