How good are you at fighting for your rights?
March 18, 2008 8:57am CST
I have a meeting today with housing about my upstairs neighbor who has basically been tormenting me for months because she supposedly has "problems". Everyone in this building lives here because of one problem or another. Some are recovering alcoholics (which I think she is), I am bi polar, suicidal and on a lot of meds and I don't know what the heck is wrong with some of the other people here! She lives upstairs from me, we have wood floors and she thinks it's ok to bounce basketballs, roll golfballs and dance at anytime of the day or night because she pays her rent. I've had to call the police at 3am because things have actually fallen off my walls from whatever it is she does up there. As per my so called "housing advocate" I email her (advocate) every time this happens so there will be a record of it. My problem is that I take meds to sleep and when I'm rudely awakened at 3am I'm still in sort of a drug stupor and it's hard for me to function not to mention I'm taking the chance of falling and hurting myself by getting out of bed to call the police or go to my pc to write an email. I've had to do things like put off taking my meds until later in the night to be able to write the stupid email or call the police. Anyway I've printed out about 25 emails that I've sent and written myself notes so I won't forget the things I want to say to get my point across that this woman has no respect for her neighbors. Problems or not we all have to show some respect for our neighbors right? I'm able to do it why can't she? She is the only one out of 18 apartments that causes any problems. How good are you at fighting for your rights? Do you get paperwork and notes together to prove your argument?
• United Kingdom
18 Mar 08
In my life so far I have been quite good at fighting for my rights. When I was a teenager I hated Science lessons so I was brave enough to go to speak to the head teacher to discuss this. I suggested that it would be good for me to do a different subject and then I would pass the exam in that subject. He was keen on this idea and told me that I could change to Religious Education. I was delighted about this, found the subject interesting and passed the exam. I wasn't able to opt out of Maths though. These days I get paperwork and notes together to prove my argument. I hope that you are able to sort of your problems with your difficult neighbors. Take care.