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Life...in general / Re: Apartment noise, part deux
« Last post by gramma dishes on Today at 03:32:12 PM »
...   Pup now has been silent for two hours

But he's still there with her, right?
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 03:18:46 PM »
Smoked whole chicken, roasted yellow squash and onions, and green beans.

Fresh local strawberries for dessert.
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Travel / Vacation in Fance - may I ask more questions ?
« Last post by POF on Today at 03:06:57 PM »
hi everyone, thank you very much for the helpful answers as we plan our French vacation. 

Here's our plan

1) Fly into Strasborgh ( via Amsterdam ) and spend 3 or 4 nights in Alsace
Goals here  -  to see little villages, look at scenery, maybe take in a museum or church, sort of just meander around.  ( I have plenty of time to plan specifics ) Would like to visit a market, go on a canal / river druise etc.

2) Drive ( we know its about 6 hours ) to the Loiere Valley and tour a chateau or two - this will be 2 or 3 night
Plan to see 2 Chateaus at most, and also fit in Fountainbleu. 

3) Spend the remaining 6 nights in Paris
Louvre, Notre Dame, Momarte, Orsay, St Chappelle, Day trip to Giverny, Seine Cruise, Eiffel Tower ( second platform ONLY !!! scaredy cat with heights ), maybe a hop on hop off bus tour, Luxembourg Gardens, Leaving time for just meandering around. 

Again, keep the travel tips coming!  We elected to miss Versailles on purpose, neither one of us was excited to see it.... but still plenty of time to change our minds over and over again.  LOL










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Life...in general / Re: Apartment noise, part deux
« Last post by siamesecat2965 on Today at 02:57:11 PM »
Snip...

UPDATE:

So when I'm an idiot and wrong, I admit it. I was. I finally just said the heck with it, knocked on his door, and was pleasantly surprised. He's very nice, and was concerned the dog was disturbing people, myself included, and planned to reach out to discuss. She is a rescue, and still getting acclimated. Very cute but so scared and timid.

We discussed how long she's noisy etc, and what he's doing. I agreed it takes time, but just wanted to make him aware and so in. He was totally fine with that. I was wrong in he had no clue about dogs; he's actually very knowledgeable about them, and how to help her adjust and what not.

So it went well, and he even offered to give me a key IF she's too,loud so I can, if I choose, go see her etc, I also know his hours so know when he will be home etc which makes me feel better. Knowing he's home by 10 is good, so there is an end in sight.

I feel dumb for being so silly in my thinking. Now I have to call the office and tell them, hey, the noise issue is moot point. The payment of the fee is between you and him, but please don't let on I tattled .

Well, that is good news! And good on ya for getting up the courage to go to him first. It's the right thing to do, though I confess I don't know that I would have been able to do that. (But he's still on the hook for not notifying the

office when he got a pup.)

I just figured, let me knock and see. And yeah, but having spoken with him, maybe he just hasn't had a chance but intends to. But that's not my issue at all. That just came out when I complained. Pup now has been silent for two hours
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Life...in general / Re: Apartment noise, part deux
« Last post by pattycake on Today at 02:31:07 PM »
Snip...

UPDATE:

So when I'm an idiot and wrong, I admit it. I was. I finally just said the heck with it, knocked on his door, and was pleasantly surprised. He's very nice, and was concerned the dog was disturbing people, myself included, and planned to reach out to discuss. She is a rescue, and still getting acclimated. Very cute but so scared and timid.

We discussed how long she's noisy etc, and what he's doing. I agreed it takes time, but just wanted to make him aware and so in. He was totally fine with that. I was wrong in he had no clue about dogs; he's actually very knowledgeable about them, and how to help her adjust and what not.

So it went well, and he even offered to give me a key IF she's too,loud so I can, if I choose, go see her etc, I also know his hours so know when he will be home etc which makes me feel better. Knowing he's home by 10 is good, so there is an end in sight.

I feel dumb for being so silly in my thinking. Now I have to call the office and tell them, hey, the noise issue is moot point. The payment of the fee is between you and him, but please don't let on I tattled .

Well, that is good news! And good on ya for getting up the courage to go to him first. It's the right thing to do, though I confess I don't know that I would have been able to do that. (But he's still on the hook for not notifying the office when he got a pup.)
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I worked in fund raising for a number of years and did tons of events.  One place that I worked at ordered different food for the staff than it did for the members at special events; as in, the members would get the lovely plated steak dinner and we'd get... tuna fish sandwiches and potato chips.  We'd often end up having to order room service at our own expense after events because we were so hungry.

It was an enormous morale killer, and I think it could be for volunteers as well.  They put in all this effort to plan and execute and outstanding event and they don't even get the same meal as every one else? 
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Life...in general / Re: Apartment noise, part deux
« Last post by siamesecat2965 on Today at 01:44:26 PM »
BG: Iíve lived in apts for 30+ years, both in private houses, and now, for the last 14 years, a complex. A few years ago, they began to allow pets. With a hefty non-refundable deposit, and monthly charge. Iím well used to normal ďapartment noiseĒ and in the 14 years Iíve lived where I do, Iíve only complained once about another neighbor, early on, college kids who partied day and night, and everyone complained about. But other than that, i deal with the noise, as its just part of the living environment. end BG

A couple months ago, someone new moved in below me. the way its set up is we have one outside door for each 2 apts, and immediately inside is the 1st. floor door, stairs, and the second floor door, which is mine. Sound carries, esp up the stairs as it echoes too. He also doesnít seem all that friendly and approachable, works different hours than I do, so we donít really cross paths, and was rather rude to a friend in the laundry room who asked one simple question about were all the washers in use his, and he snapped back at her for no reason at all.

New neighbor apparently got a puppy. Which is fine, except that I donít think he really knows that you canít just crate a puppy for 8-9 hours a day, while you go to work, and it will be fine. Puppy has banged incessantly trying to get out of the crate, which in turn bangs against the floor, echoing through the walls, whined, yelped, barked, and one night when I think not crated, made more noise, and scratched endlessly at the door, crying, which echoed right up the stairs. And I feel like Iím on pins and needles; last night she banged for 45 minutes straight, then was quiet, then started up again. So i never know when it will be quiet, and when it won't.

Mind you, the puppy has only been there about a week, I know they need time to adjust, and so on, but am I totally out of line in a. thinking that if you get a dog, no matter how old, you need to make sure itís not disturbing people when you arenít home (when heís there, its fine) and trying to take steps to do this, and b. already going to management rather than approaching him? Since I donít see him, all I could do is leave a note, which I honestly think heíd probably blow off. I also suspected that maybe he hadnít told them he has a dog, paid the fees etc.

Turns out I was right, they had no idea, and told me give it the weekend, and let them know, and they will talk to him. Either about the noise, non-payment or both. Heís actually gone i think for the weekend; moved from out of state so I suspect he goes to his gf every weekend as heís never here, aside from last week. so I wonít have anything to report, but given that he will probably know it was me who complained, esp. when they call him out on it, any suggestions if he gets, well not so nice? I donít know why, but I get the feeling he wonít be too pleased someone busted him for having a non-registered pet, and complained. I feel like its likely he could confront me, and i really don't do well with confrontation.

UPDATE:

So when I'm an idiot and wrong, I admit it. I was. I finally just said the heck with it, knocked on his door, and was pleasantly surprised. He's very nice, and was concerned the dog was disturbing people, myself included, and planned to reach out to discuss. She is a rescue, and still getting acclimated. Very cute but so scared and timid.

We discussed how long she's noisy etc, and what he's doing. I agreed it takes time, but just wanted to make him aware and so in. He was totally fine with that. I was wrong in he had no clue about dogs; he's actually very knowledgeable about them, and how to help her adjust and what not.

So it went well, and he even offered to give me a key IF she's too,loud so I can, if I choose, go see her etc, I also know his hours so know when he will be home etc which makes me feel better. Knowing he's home by 10 is good, so there is an end in sight.

I feel dumb for being so silly in my thinking. Now I have to call the office and tell them, hey, the noise issue is moot point. The payment of the fee is between you and him, but please don't let on I tattled .
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Life...in general / Re: Glitter-bombed at the department store.
« Last post by edgypeanuts on Today at 12:49:27 PM »

My pranking story: In my husband's home country a common "prank" is to lie to people when you first meet them about something (really anything, your name, your profession, where you live, anything) and then laugh at them/make fun of them for believing you. I'm really not a fan of it. It would be one thing if someone said "I'm Harry Potter" which is an obvious light-hearted joke but I've had two (maybe more that I'm unaware of) interactions that left me feeling really badly.

I am curious which country as well, as I know several people who do this as a "joke."  I don't get it and usually just look at them oddly.  Once I replied, "So you lied to be about your name and that's funny?"   ???
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Life...in general / Re: Apartment noise, part deux
« Last post by edgypeanuts on Today at 12:22:53 PM »
It actually feels disingenuous to make concern for the pup part of the complaint.  The concern may be valid, but the reason for the complaint is the noise disturbance as a neighbor.

If we knew for other reasons about a pup crying during the day, we wouldn't likely contact their apartment manager/HOA/city/etc.

The noise disturbance complaint needs to be able to stand on its own feet to be valid, without propping it up with animal welfare, pet registration, or other moral support.

I disagree.  For me, a big part of my problem with the noise would be knowing that the puppy is scared and alone and there is nothing I can do about it.  I am a vet and I often end up listening to dogs who whine a fair amt as they are unhappy away from home, but I can deal with that because I know that they are safe and comfortable and will be going home soon.   This puppy is panicking and that is hard to hear, aside from the noise.

 
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When they were kids, I phrased it as "let's go pick out your clothes" - since they were going to get to pick the style and the fabric...but at a certain point in their lives, they found out that *other people* (their paternal grandmother, friends at school, or whatever) went to stores where the clothes were already made to pick out their clothes.

They thought that was fast and it was what their father preferred (as he wasn't into waiting for things to be made - he wanted to minimize time spent between selecting something and wearing it - well, except when what he wanted could not be found in stores....).  But the Hawaiian shirts with airplanes in the fabric print weren't available for sale in Texas anyway...going to Hawaii to get a couple of shirts is expensive and takes LONGER than having your wife make them.  I keep telling him that shopping in Hawaii is more fun...we haven't been since 1980 (or was it 1981?) - it's been a while!

Now, the kids and grandkids have ideas on what they want made - but they're not here to fix dinner, do the laundry, and run the vacuum cleaner while I run the sewing machine...so that I have some time freed up to sew. 
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