Oh, apartment living.

We've all dealt with the trials and tribulations that come along with apartment living. You can hear pretty much everything through those walls: neighbors having sex, watching 50 First Dates at FULL VOLUME, and yes, even living out their dreams of someday headlining an underground club as the next deadmau5.

That's my upstairs neighbor. I've never met him; he moved in a few months ago and at first, seemed like a pretty normal apartment dweller. Then, the bass started.

It pounds. It thumps. It pulsates through my ceiling. I've never had to deal with such a disruptive neighbor, so the first time it happened, the only thing I knew to do was to grab that broom handle and start pounding...and honestly, usually, that would make it stop. I know how annoying that must sound on the other end, but to me, that seemed like a better solution than trekking upstairs and trying to have a conversation over the thrumming bass line.

One day, I'd finally had enough and I called in an anonymous noise complaint to Fort Collins Police, and 'anonymous' turned out to be anything but. Not only did the police officer tell him it was me who had called, the officer came downstairs and chewed me out for even calling the complaint in the first place (he told me to respect the guy's 'passions' and musical dreams).

I felt lost, especially last night, when the noise was so bad, I had to leave my apartment and go for a drive around the neighborhood. I could hear the thumping bass through my noise-cancelling headphones. I couldn't go upstairs and talk to him myself, because since he knows I called in a complaint on him, he hates me, and might be doing this out of spite. Plus, how awkward would that be?

Overall, I'm not sure what to do. Is the best thing to leave a kind note asking for a truce? Should I move? Should I deal with it and 'respect peoples' passions'?

Tell me, Northern Colorado...before I lose my mind and never listen to EDM music ever again. Leave your advice in the comments below!

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