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    Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    Because of unforeseen circumstances after I moved to a new town, I ended up having to rent a room from someone. I selected an older woman (retirement age) to live with. After my experiences over the past two months, I figured that with an older lady there would be less potential for drama and problems. Everything is cool except for the fact that she BLASTS music. I never thought a woman of her years would be playing music so loud. It's not just the fact that she plays music -- it's the times so chooses to play the music so loud. Her bedroom is right off the living room and the television in there is right by her bedroom door. She plays music loudly at NIGHT because she said she can't go to sleep without music playing, so classical music plays throughout the night through Pandora on the tv. I've turned it down a few times in the AM because I know she's asleep and it doesn't need to be blasting, so she doesn't play it as loud or at all now.

    Right now, she's GONE, so tell me why the music is BLASTING on the television? She's playing oldies. Who is she playing it for? She does this every time she leaves; which isn't that often, but if she goes to the store or to church, she will leave the music going. I've never heard of anyone doing this. Does she really think I want to hear that crap? It's SO ANNOYING. I'll be moving out at the beginning of the year, so I'm not going to rock the boat by telling her to keep that shit down, but one would think people would have more common sense. Why would anyone living with another person think the other person wants to hear their loud noise?
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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    She is not your roommate. She is your landlord. Short of talking to her about the noise, your only recourse is to start looking for another place to live.

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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    She's probably going deaf and doesn't realize the music is so loud...you are screwed. Start looking for another place to live and ask about music and noise levels the next time.

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    I have the same problem with my BF. He insists on sleeping with the TV on, and sometimes he insists on a light being on.

    I tell him he's an inconsiderate, self centered bastard... and his response? "Sleep with the pillow over your head like you always do".




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    Quote Originally Posted by Passion4Muzik View Post
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    Right now, she's GONE, so tell me why the music is BLASTING on the television? She's playing oldies. Who is she playing it for? She does this every time she leaves; which isn't that often, but if she goes to the store or to church, she will leave the music going. I've never heard of anyone doing this. Does she really think I want to hear that crap? It's SO ANNOYING. I'll be moving out at the beginning of the year, so I'm not going to rock the boat by telling her to keep that shit down, but one would think people would have more common sense. Why would anyone living with another person think the other person wants to hear their loud noise?

    OK, so you've already got that part sorted, and you're just asking why she does it, right?

    Many people feel alone and disconnected from the world if they don't have a TV or radio on constantly. Maybe she's one of them.

    As for leaving it on when she sleeps, or is gone, some people like to have the 'noise' in the house to make would-be intruders think that people are up and about.

    Then again, maybe the neighbors have been complaining about the noises you make when you're rubbing one out.

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    My mother used to leave a TV or radio playing when she left so "robbers will think someone's home". She doesn't do that anymore, I don't think.

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    I used to leave my T.V. on for my dog...he liked the Animal Planet channel.

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    Maybe she found out your JUB name, and took it literally?

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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    Ever ask her about it?

    If not, invest in a good pair of noise blocking headphones and deal with it for another two months.

    Borgs' case is different - I'd make my boyfriend(were I lucky enough to date) sleep on the couch if he was that unwilling to compromise. That way, I can sleep comfortably and so can he. Don't really need your body contact if it means I can't actually rest easy.
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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    OP, how old is the landlady? she may be deaf.

    I live in a 2-family house where the second apartment is occupied by a 90 year-old lady. I can basically hear her TV all night (thank god it's an old house and the walls/floors are thick. it's mostly just white noise since I can only make out the rumble of the bass)... when I've had to go up there to talk to her or bring her dinner or whatever, though, I've basically got to shout.

    obviously your only real option is to talk to her, but you may also want to think about moving elsewhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by borg69unimatrix View Post
    I have the same problem with my BF. He insists on sleeping with the TV on, and sometimes he insists on a light being on.

    I tell him he's an inconsiderate, self centered bastard... and his response? "Sleep with the pillow over your head like you always do".




    I'm betting that the lack of REM sleep will eventually lead me to killing him.
    have you looked into getting a timer? most TV's have that feature built-in, and socket timers are pretty cheap as well (generally designed for Christmas lights, but there's no reason you couldn't set it to turn off after, say, 30 minutes)

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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    Quote Originally Posted by darden View Post
    OP, how old is the landlady? she may be deaf.

    I live in a 2-family house where the second apartment is occupied by a 90 year-old lady. I can basically hear her TV all night (thank god it's an old house and the walls/floors are thick. it's mostly just white noise since I can only make out the rumble of the bass)... when I've had to go up there to talk to her or bring her dinner or whatever, though, I've basically got to shout.

    obviously your only real option is to talk to her, but you may also want to think about moving elsewhere.



    have you looked into getting a timer? most TV's have that feature built-in, and socket timers are pretty cheap as well (generally designed for Christmas lights, but there's no reason you couldn't set it to turn off after, say, 30 minutes)
    I've tried turning the TV off while he's asleep hoping he won't notice... either the lack of noise wakes him up, or he catches it when he get's up to pee every hour and turns it back on. I can deal with the TV, as long as it isn't TOO loud, but the light bothers me.

    I do have to switch the TV to a mundane boring news channel though, otherwise I'm too interested in the show and stay up watching it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borg69unimatrix View Post
    I've tried turning the TV off while he's asleep hoping he won't notice... either the lack of noise wakes him up, or he catches it when he get's up to pee every hour and turns it back on. I can deal with the TV, as long as it isn't TOO loud, but the light bothers me.

    I do have to switch the TV to a mundane boring news channel though, otherwise I'm too interested in the show and stay up watching it.
    this would probably do the trick, http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserv...t+outlet+timer

    I can empathize, though. my BF likes to fall asleep with the tv on as well, while I more or less need total darkness and silence. we've compromised on setting the TV to a 30-minute timer. he passes out while I read in bed, then when the tv is off I go to sleep as well.

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    The best non-confrontational way is to suggest how a fictional relative of yours once kept the porch light on all night. When she didn't realise the bulb had winked out, she found her energy bill had reduced for that quarter or whatever period you usually have for your energy bills. Tell your landlady that if she turned off the tv which has an energy output close to a 50 watt light bulb during the night, she could save herself some money. Every little helps


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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    I'm moving out of Shady Pines soon as well! One of the younger residents keeps blasting that Glenn Miller sex music after 10pm Damn kids! No respect these days!

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    Why not just mention it to her in a non conversational way? You didn't mention having any other problems with her so unless she's some raging bitch Just talk to her. Trust me if that's the biggest problem you have with a roommate you're getting off pretty easy

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    Guess you don't really have a Passion For Music... Ha Ha Haaaa....

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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    Does the TV have a timer on it? You should suggest that she uses it. That way, you won't have to hear the loud music all night, just for an hour or so.
    I do the same thing; sometimes I like to have the radio going when I go to sleep, so I just set my clock radio to turn off after an hour.

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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    I have turned it down when she's gone or if I'm trying to sleep and it's too loud. I think she has gotten the hint and doesn't play it as loud. She's not going deaf because I'm a pretty soft speaker and she hears me just fine when I talk to her. I purchased earplugs a week or so ago and haven't had to use them yet. I'm not going to say anything since it's not going to be a permanent situation.
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    dude. you live there and are paying rent. do you think she'd say something to you if you were doing something that was annoying her? why are you so afraid to talk to her about it? A simple conversation would improve your quality of life. She's probably unaware it's bothering you because you haven't told her. "hey (insert name) do you have a minute?. Can I ask a favor? Would it be possible turn the music or tv down a little. it's hard for me to sleep or study when its so loud and if you're not home would you mind if I turned it off?" Why be miserable. You're not asking her something personal or being unreasonable. put your big boy pants on and talk to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgiadude View Post
    dude. you live there and are paying rent. do you think she'd say something to you if you were doing something that was annoying her? why are you so afraid to talk to her about it? A simple conversation would improve your quality of life. She's probably unaware it's bothering you because you haven't told her. "hey (insert name) do you have a minute?. Can I ask a favor? Would it be possible turn the music or tv down a little. it's hard for me to sleep or study when its so loud and if you're not home would you mind if I turned it off?" Why be miserable. You're not asking her something personal or being unreasonable. put your big boy pants on and talk to her.

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    It's her HOUSE. It's not as if we are in an apartment and we're both on the lease paying rent. I am renting a room out of her house and it's month to month. I almost didn't end up here as there was a little hiccup in the beginning. This is a walk in the park compared to what I was dealing with in my previous living situation, but nonetheless, the habit is still annoying. It's not about being a "big boy" -- it's about not rocking the boat. I saw with my previous roommate how bitchy people can become. I'd rather suck it up that possibly create tension. It's not worth the risk for me to say anything. I think she's a sweet lady -- RIGHT NOW. There's no telling how she would react if she feels like she's being told what to in her own house.
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    Re: Annoying roommate habit -- she blasts music

    Quote Originally Posted by Passion4Muzik View Post
    It's her HOUSE. It's not as if we are in an apartment and we're both on the lease paying rent. I am renting a room out of her house and it's month to month. I almost didn't end up here as there was a little hiccup in the beginning. This is a walk in the park compared to what I was dealing with in my previous living situation, but nonetheless, the habit is still annoying. It's not about being a "big boy" -- it's about not rocking the boat. I saw with my previous roommate how bitchy people can become. I'd rather suck it up that possibly create tension. It's not worth the risk for me to say anything. I think she's a sweet lady -- RIGHT NOW. There's no telling how she would react if she feels like she's being told what to in her own house.
    yeah, you need to walk a fine line. in a situation like that, the landlord can often evict for no reason with little notice.

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