When asked ‘What’s the pettiest thing you’ve done to get back at a nuisance neighbor?’ Quora user Brain tells his hilarious story about how he got sweet revenge on his neighbor who was quite loud during her ‘Big O’. He may call it petty, I’d say it was just a great prank!
“Well, this was petty and insidious too. I felt bad about dong it, but something had to be done.
I lived on the bottom Condo on the big golf course in Laguna Niguel, California and it was in the 90s. I lived there for 25 years total and this was in the middle of my time there. It started out as a retirement place, but as the older folks passed away or moved to the rest homes, younger folks bought and some rented the places out for income.
We had new neighbor’s in the upstairs condo two over from me. Renters! Two college aged girls and one had a Marine boyfriend. They had the outer bedroom and she was a screamer when she had the ‘Big O;’ It was so loud and obnoxious and in the middle of the night, she shook the building with the wails and staccato yelps and whiny screams. They had several sessions every single night!
It was so embarrassing and many times it started the coyote packs howling from across the canyon. It was a predictable sonic mess and I thanked my lucky stars when the Marine was finally deployed. Her ritualistic voice was annoying and very obnoxious. But, she got another boyfriend– another Marine!
I had my buddies over and they would laugh and joke about her cartoon sounding screaming, and the bed banging the walls and such. Intolerable.
Then, I started dating a divorced lady with two young children and they stayed the weekend. As I was teaching the kids how to swim and then surf, they were scared from the wailing and would jump in bed with her and I. My passionate life suffered.
I had a sound recording studio and it was very soundproofed, so I put a king-sized bed in there, and we all slept in it and had quiet. But, the daytime drama was getting me and the other neighbors edgy! Then, I got one of the new samplers and it was way cool. It had a microphone and you could sample 9 seconds of sound and play it back on the keyboard and you could transpose it and pitch shift it and add reverb and echo. It was so much fun and musical too.
So one week night, I sampled the screamers Big O. I had the mic set up in my neighbors upstairs balcony and it worked beautiful and it was her to the tee.
Cue the sounds of the big moment.
It was the weirdest thing I ever heard. My neighbors left notes and called her landlord all to no avail!
She was going to her car once and I played a couple seconds of it. She was looking around and dumbfounded. Her distinctive moans were apparent. On the weekend, I set up a big speaker on my patio and had the sampler hooked up and when she wailed, I played her back and it shut them up as they were on the balcony trying to figure out what was going on. The coyotes loved it too.
Her parents stayed a week and I played it at night for them. I even wrote a song with her Big O as the back beat it was a cool riff and my buddies busted a gut when I cranked it up in the cassette player in the car or the beat box!
Finally, she moved out and the condo folks of unit A had a party in celebration at the pool that weekend. I brought the sampler and my song and the mom’s covered their kids ears as I let her rip. I still have it somewhere and I have been listening to the hundreds of tapes trying to find it. The song was called ‘Organic Jelly!’ I am desperately looking for it as it is on a cassette and the sampler was sold years ago!”