Saturday, November 05, 2005

Wind Chimes

This Divided State = 7/10. This is such an independent movie, I almost feel as if the director might read this at some point. So, I gotta be nice. I thought this was a very good first-time effort on the part of the director. I left without knowing how he felt about Michael Moore. Things didn't seem to be biased or slanted. I can't believe he Michael Moore caused that much uproar. Utah is a beautiful place to visit, but I sure wouldn't want to live in Mormonland. The sound kept getting loud and quiet during the movie and it drove me insane. No subtitles, either. That sucked for me, the lazy-of-hearing.

When I wake up in the morning, the third thing I do is take Shelby outside to peepeepoopoo. This is generally done between 06:50-07:00. As I did just that this Friday, I noticed a note clipped to my across-the-breezeway neighbor's door (Ashlee). And it wasn't, ya know, folded up or anything, so...I read it. It said:

"Please do something with your wind chimes. When it is really windy outside, none of us can sleep. We all hope you understand."

No signature. No phone number. No apartment number.

As Shelby was downstairs doing her business, it occured to me how awful this behavior is. I don't know Ashlee very well. In fact, even though we've been neighbors for the duration of my lease (since June 2004), I didn't speak to her until about 2 months ago when I saw her in the gym. Ashlee is very nice, very smart, and has a wonderful career as a physician's assistant. I have nothing but nice things to say about her and that's no small feat in my book as I can generally find fault with darn near everyone and everything.

People who do things anonymously upset me. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I believe people should be held accountable for their actions. All actions. Yes, a small percentage of situations still warrant an anonymous tip (e.g., life or safety is put in danger). If you have a problem with your neighbor, explain to me why it is so hard to knock on the door and have a civil conversation about the problem like adults? Scared she'll say no and you won't get your way or do you just have microscopic balls? Doing thing anonymously in this case will only piss her off. In fact, if I was the one to receive the letter, I would so totally not take down my wind chimes. Instead, I would probably hang a letter on every possible person's door (probably 10 apartments) asking why they didn't talk to me. Or I might just do nothing.

As Shelby and I walked back up the stairs, I thought "I so need a picture of this or SOME PEOPLE might not believe it happened." Just as I got 5 steps from my apartment door, guess who left for work? Ashlee. I got to see her reaction when she read the letter. Of course, I had to pretend I didn't read the letter, so I told her Good morning and happy Friday. She totally ignored me. I really hope she didn't think I wrote the letter. Then again, she's smart enough to know my bedroom isn't anywhere near her balcony.


Bryan said...

Not only is the director reading it, we're posting a link it on our blog

BKDotCom said...

Is Ashlee single?

Here's a movie review:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind = good movie

Rachel said...

Come on, BK. Even if she wasn't engaged, there is no way in the world I would literally set you up with someone that lives 5 feet from me.

I have already seen Eternal Sunshine. It was very bizarre, but I liked it.

ET said...

I have to say that I have two sets of windchimes on my back porch where I can hear them in the bedroom AND living room and I think they are quite relaxing. one is a wooden or bamboo Eastern-type, and it makes a very unique and beautiful sound. Your apartment people are just weird. I think you should post a note on everyone's door stating that you feel it is too quiet (a sinister ambience) and request that everyone puts up windchimes so the place will feel more cheery.

Oh, and if you think she is so nice and she ignored you saying hello, she very probably thinks that you left the note and tried to cover for it with your "good morning" bit.

To Bryan: any director who is still looking for his movie in other people's blog postings is okay in my book.

ET said...

Did I mention I am thinking of getting a third set of windchimes?

Rachel said...

Yeah, I figured that Ashlee might be think I was saying hello for that reason. But I also think she's smart enough to realize that since my bedroom is on the complete opposite side of the apartment building, it couldn't possibly be me. I do have sleeping issues, but that has nothing to do with her wind chimes.