THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
You've had several lovey dovey letters lately, so I'm going to go a whole different direction. I think it's time for me to move. My apartment has been a quite little haven for me for for about a decade. I love the apartment and used to love my neighbors, but over the last few years that has changed. I had a super sweet gentleman across the hall who passed away last year. The noisy couple who replaced him have been driving me crazy since day one. The person who lived above me moved shortly after the noisy people moved in. Now there's another noisy person above me. My neighbor next door moved a month ago and I'll bet you already guessed. He was replaced by a noisy one as well. That one is the best noisy neighbor. He's an older gentleman who can't hear well so he cranks his TV up pretty loud. I appreciate that over the fighting across the hall and the racket-ball or whatever they're doing upstairs. I'm trying to decide what to do. I have a lease that I can leave at any time. I've been here forever. My rent is low because they've been great to work with. A co-worker said they probably moved all the noisy people in to run me off, but I'm pretty sure they didn't plan for that. How do you know someone will be noisy? Do I stick it out and buy earplugs? It's a safe area, but it's super loud. My concern is that I'll find a more expensive place that's not as safe and still end up with all the noise too! What should I do?
Signed – Should I Stay or Should I Go?
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