Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Construction at 10:00 PM

Yeah, right in front of the house next door to mine.  Damn good thing I don’t have to go to work in the morning, but what about all my neighbors who do?
I can understand that they want to do it at a time that will have the least impact on traffic.  I live on a pretty busy street, it’s a main route for commuters downtown and to the University of Utah.  But at 10 O’clock at night?  And without any warning?  Though, in my ever-eternal quest to assume the best, I am going with the belief that it is an unpredicted, emergency repair they just had to do.  At least I hope so, or they will probably have a slew of irate citizens.
Right now (10:45) they are pounding at the street hard enough that I can feel it in my house.  It’s like a mini-earthquake.  Fortunately, with the new windows I put in about four years ago, the sound isn’t that bad.  My computer room is in the front of the house, I’m figuring that when I finally do make it to bed, it shouldn’t be too bad back there.  This video kind of shows the difference in sound with the front door closed and then opened.
As you can see, I didn’t even move the camera, the only difference was that I opened the front door for the second piece.  It’s quarter past eleven right now, they’re still pounding away out there.  I’m going to try to go to sleep.  Wish me luck.
If I find out what it’s all about, you’ll be sure to hear.


Karen S. said...

The video felt like a scene out of CSI-Las Vegas or something! Imagine the extra over time those workers are getting while they rob the neighbors of a good night sleep...it surely had to be an emergency you'd hope anyway....pretty lame thing to do that late at night, around houses! But your house seems fairly sound proof anyway! Very cool!

A Paperback Writer said...

They should have warned the neighborhood. Really, there's no excuse for late-night construction unless it's an emergency or the hottest days of summer. Otherwise, the road crews should put up a detour sign and let traffic go where it will. Yes, you live on a busy road, but there are through streets two blocks either direction that run parallel to yours. Those could handle the flow for a day.

Max said...

Karen - The sound isn't what bothered me in my room, it was the pounding that I felt all the back there.
Writer - I'm assuming it was some sort of emergency thing, in 18 years living here it's never happened before.