We have a guy above us that's a nightmare. And we can confirm it's him and not just us being oversensitive, because the tenants he's had in there have been ...ya know, normal people, at least sound-wise, and that's all we care about.
He came back and turned on the techno until about 4:30 on Monday. My husband had to get up at 5. Nice guy. He has my Ms-1's and Pimeta that we gave him that of course he never uses or gave back.
So now, jerks or not, we're not going to stop until he STFU or GTFU. That's it, we don't care, we'll go to court, we'll press criminal charges, whatever it is you have to do in this country other than call cops because 911 is a joke in our town. They don't show up.
Things that make it into my (not online) log are those things which I do hear but don't have to. Just because you're home doesn't mean you have to announce that to the world by playing tunes so loud that at first we can't hear the tv, and the it gets louder from there because that's how the ears work. At the same time, we can't log EVERY time he lets his hair down, because people do that. Although if he does at 3am on a work night, I don't think so.
Basically we're just looking to hold him to the same standard that every one else in this building, including the people he had living there, seem to have no problems living by. Anyone catch Wil Wheaton's PAX Keynote speech? The part where he says "Don't be a d!ck." Yeah, that's the standard.
But one thing that I don't log because there's no point and it's unreasonable is the flat-footed walking thing. Some people are just naturally jerks who don't know how to walk in an apartment. They plod around happily heel-toeing like they're in drum corps - unaware of the time, unaware of the sonic hell they create below them. My dad is one, my husband's little brother is one. These people - it's just how they walk and that's that.
I think it's rude and annoying, but I do also think it's part of apartment life. He doesn't have to have his one-man rave at 3am, but he does have to move from point A to point B. Me logging the walking would be me becoming the crazy lady in this thread.