Wednesday, March 12, 2008

volume control

When is it ok to tell your roommate to TURN IT DOWN A FEW NOTCHES. As in, your voice. Because should I really have to turn my fan on high to drown out your squealy-voiced, after-midnight conversations? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. I have a right to sleep. She has a right to talk on the phone. She could talk softer. I could turn on my fan.

Thoughts? Opinions? Anyone?

8 comments:

chloe elizabeth said...

One more reason to never again have roommates (but I am a few years older than you). Good luck with this one. I wish I knew the answer.

Ooh, you could start asking her specific questions about her conversations that you would only know from hearing them. And then when she asks if you were eavesdropping, just say, "Well, it's kind of hard not to." But maybe that's a little too passive aggressive. I would probably just tell her to be quiet, but that's me.

k said...

i have a similar problem with my roommate. his room is directly above mine and noise travels so easily in our house. i don't know what he is doing up there, but half the time it sounds like he is dropping things over and over again. he goes to bed later than me to it is hard to fall asleep. i have no answer though, because i just deal with it.

CMO said...

Perhaps you could put your roommate's head through the fan?

Trish Ryan said...

Straightforward is the way to go (says the girl who can't even confront her own dog about barking too loud...) In my imaginary, ideal world, I'd just ask her to keep it down. In the real world? There's a chance I'd bang on the wall with a broomstick Iike they used to on FRIENDS.

my life is brilliant said...

This won't help, but it makes me glad I live alone.

Good luck!

Stacey said...

give her a link to your blog? :)

but seriously, i would just let her know (very kindly) that her voice is a little loud during her conversations - then tell her to please, please, please tell you if you're ever too loud. that's how i've dealt with roommates past. :)

good luck.

Heather said...

I think you just have to tell her that some nights when you are trying to sleep that she is a little loud on the phone. Ask her if she would go in the other room or something. I don't think you are being I think you are being honest.

Courtney said...

Yikes! As a loud talker myself, I apologize her behalf. Maybe just let her know that the walls are thin and that sometimes her converstaions keep you up... say you're a super light sleeper or something. regardless of what you say, I would def say SOMETHING.. otherwise it just festers.