Unfortunately, the city I live in allows basketball hoops in driveways.
What's further unfortunate is my neighbor's 4 kids are constantly playing
outside my and my children's BR window. Sometimes each with their own
I've called their parents twice when it was time for our young kids'
bedtime. He was cooperative about it. But the constant thumping of a
basketball gets old during the day, too. Occasionally, other their little
friends will come over for practice, too.
I don't want to deprive their kids of their fun, but at the same time, I am
entitled to the quiet enjoyment of my property.
Do I have any recourse? I am not optomistic that I do.
On Tue, 13 Mar 2007 16:50:10 -0400, "Buck Turgidson"
Relax. I went through the same thing. Sometimes, more than a dozen
kids. In our area they move the hoops into the street, not just the
driveway. Many times I've seen speeding cars on the street.
It will come to the end as soon as the kids discovery other, more
interesting things and I moved after ten years.
Recourse? Turn up the stereo.....
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
White noise generator, and/or soundproofing. Basketballs
bouncing are well within the noise level you ought to be
able/willing to tolerate in the daytime. Is this a new
situation for you? (Either you just moved, or the neighbors
did?) I expect that you'll get used to it fairly quickly,
once you stop fighting it. People get used to
train tracks and fire stations, after all.
You don't get used to basketballs bouncing. Trust me.
Noise generators and soundproofing deal with the symptom (as do earplugs
which, at fifty cents, are a better deal than almost any other "symptom
There are various ways to deal with the problem; my suggestion of Mozart was
only one. but one that has proven remarkably effective at Stop-N-Robs.
There's another device, a high-pitched noise maker that produces a shrill
tone adults can't hear but that teens (and younger) find very annoying.
Firearms come to mind.
You might find a ball that doesn't make noise when it bounces - maybe one
made of sponge rubber. Perhaps there's a coating for the driveway.
Then, too, there's firearms.
So, pay the piddly $100 fine. Cheap compared to some alternatives.
Besides, they have to convict you.
You can claim exigent circumstances:
1. You had reason to believe and did believe you were being attacked by
terrorist squirrels who wanted to force you to work in their secret
underground nut mines.
2. You acted only to prevent the imment commission of rape, aggravated rape,
robbery, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, murder, manslaughter, or treason.
3. You felt your life was in jeopardy and acted in self-defense.
4. Voices in your head compelled you to destroy the alien ball before it
grew sufficiently to smother the earth. In your view, you should get a
ticker-tape parade not a municipal ticket.
This is a personal thing. It's not about trust. You may not be able
to get used to it, but many/most/or everyone but you :) will.
I used to live next door to Teen Challenge, a heroin addiction place
immortalized in _The Cross and the Switchblade_, a book and a movie
starring Pat Boone.
They had a basketball court right by my window. I thought I knew the
apartment and hadn't looked out the window before I rented the
apartment and was really angry at myself when I saw it. But it didn't
take too long to get used to the guys playing.
:-) None of us were. Certainly not me. They had a pretty high
success rate. I would see them walking from the original building, a
very big home from the early 1900's, to their new building for meals.
It was the 70's and t-shirts were common but not for them. They had
to wear button down sport shirts and chinos.
It is PURELY psychological. Once you convince your hindbrain
that it's normal environmental noise, you'll have to concentrate
to hear it. This is one of the few situations where I think
a session with a hypnotherapist would probably be useful.
So what _exactly_ would you have the neighbors do? Not use their driveway to
shoot hoops?? What else can't they do? Is it OK if they mow their lawn?
This is well within what most neighborhoods consider reasonable and tolerable.
People reasonably expect to play outdoor games on their property, and there's no
way to play basketball without doing some balls bouncing. There should be hours
when it doesn't happen, yes.
If he were to take your advice, he might well find out what *he* does that bugs
the neighbors, but that they had been tolerating up to now in order to be
You guys need to take it easy.
Doesn't your city have a noise ordinance after certain hours?
You might also try putting up a lattice screen with climbing plants
as a noise barrier in front of the windows or noise suppressing drapes
on the windows.
It is a lose-lose situation. Best approach is to have a beer with the
neighbor and discuss it openly. Perhaps a curfew at some time in the
evening or even a free hour at some time. Point out some time that you are
typically not home or do not care that the kids can enjoy themselves.
The best time to do this is when the kids are out playing. Invite the
neighbor over so he can hear the thump, thump thump. Yes, it can drive you
nuts at times. I had the same thing with my own kids and grandkids.
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