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Weekend (Fit) Warrior Part II
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kyubikitsy
Today... was not a happy day for me.

One of our younger, newer neighbors decided to hold (another) weekend drinking party at his newly rented house. This meant 1) our street was littered with trucks and cars, 2) they were out on their porch chatting.

Problem - our house does not have insulation to speak of. Second problem - our bedroom catches all the street sounds - chatty drunken conversations included.

In fact, I can hear their conversations word for word. It's even worse when they decidedly chat in the car-park of that house.

They were gathered late into the night... I'd say roughly 3am is when they finally disbanded... and yes - I was awake for all of this.

We had even called the police, who stopped by, did nothing, and drive off. I guess he thought they were being quiet enough since there wasn't much music to be had and they were all speaking, not yelling. >_>...

I woke up this morning rather angrily, wrote a letter and stuffed it into their mailbox to most likely be read on Monday.

The rest of my day was crap since I was tired as all hell and frustrated that there seemingly isn't much I can do to fix this situation. (I've already moved my workspace into the back room of this house - since it's the quietest and coolest. I can't sleep in here as well.)

So in short - the Fit was not high on my agenda and will probably go unused by me for the rest of this weekend.

Meanwhile, after a dinner of Assari ramen at Tenkaippin (which tasted a lot like... ramen in oxtail soup?) and a short 30-minute "nap" this afternoon, I felt decent enough to complete some strips and back-logged work and listen to "How Stuff Works" podcasts. (If you haven't heard them, they're really interesting! I particularly like the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" series. Check them out on iTunes. They should be in the top 10 audio podcast lists.)

Then in the background, I heard the Wii start up.

I waited until I finished my work before checking on what KS was doing. Turns out he was trying the Wii Fit out for himself - doing some of the strength training exercises. He was having trouble figuring out the poses and movements - but he managed to get through them with minor difficulty.

After clocking in 15 minutes, he decided to give it a rest for the night.

We'll see how things go from here~
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Haha was the letter pretty... erm, to the point? haha too bad with these kinds of things you don't get to see their reaction to the letter, it makes you wonder.

How do you do the strength training excersizes? Does it include weights? Is it that sensitive that it can tell what pose you're performing? o.o

Well, I sincerely hope it was enough to make my message clear. >_>; I was very close to getting up out of bed to ask them to quiet down, but it started raining. *sigh* It gave me enough time to cool down a little and think about what I was going to say... but it didn't stop me from feeling furious when I woke up. -_-;

The strength training exercises work with the balance function of the Wii - so if you do a leg lift, for example, you need to keep your balance and it measures the shifts in weight. You're following a virtual trainer on screen, so you keep time and form. ^^

You can include weights to make the exercises more strenuous, but I think it's tough already without. XD;

Hah, drunken conversations... sometimes it's even more aggravating when they're simply chatting along for long periods of time, than random shouting.
I hope your letter gets the point across to your neighbor that he should realize that other people live around him.

In case the letter doesn't work

Have you tried marshmallow foam type in-ear headphones (about $20) & music during work hours or earplugs while sleeping?

For added noise blockage, add earmuffs like this Peltor Pro. Only thing is, you'll have to sleep on your back. I'm still considering getting these; I got a blue pair of earmuffs earlier but they're kinda tight on my head--might loosen with time.

Also, the part of the earmuffs touching my head are vinyl plastic so they're hot and sweaty. I just realized that tying a square of cloth around each side might help in that department. Am trying it right now. =)

BTW, foam earphones + soothing music + earmuffs are GREAT for blocking out power tools & lawnmowers running right next to your head while trying to sleep. I guarantee you won't hear your neighbors talking. >_>;

Edited at 2009-01-12 10:37 am (UTC)

I feel your pain on noise levels. My place is the front unit and I hear EVERYTHING from the street, as if there were no insullation. Most of the time it's little irritating noises but the big noises are like they're right there next to me @_@

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