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People have been making jokes about noisy upstairs neighbors for a while now, but I didn't realize how distracting it really was until I was out on my own.

I've been living by myself in a pretty cheap apartment for a little over two years now, and I could write a novel detailing the sounds I've heard from the people around me. Could I have just moved into a second-floor apartment to avoid this? Sure, but I've got a 29-gallon fish tank and I was not carrying that thing up a flight of stairs.

I've never been actually mad at my upstairs neighbors nor have I ever submitted a noise complaint or anything, but I've often found myself wondering in the late hours of the night: What in the hell are they doing up there?

It's like they're purposefully dropping bowling balls right above my bed every night. I can hear them pushing what sounds like a giant safe filled to the brim with precious minerals across the floor on a weekly basis. It's like they're tossing a wrench up into the air just so they can hear the ping of it hitting the floor over and over. 

Sadly, I haven't been able to record them doing any of this, as it's usually in the middle of the night and I'm not prepared for it.

Now is this really a big deal? In the long run, no, it's not. I'm sure they're just walking around and moving some furniture, maybe dropping their phone occasionally. It's just that I'm so often left sitting there wondering, "Bruh, what are they doing up there?"

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