Parker Neighbors Feud Over Wind Chimes

Parker Neighbors Feud Over Wind Chimes

There are 48 comments on the www.thedenverchannel.com story from Jan 10, 2008, titled Parker Neighbors Feud Over Wind Chimes. In it, www.thedenverchannel.com reports that:

At 7:30 on a Wednesday night, you can hear David Ford's wind chimes flapping in the wind, but the airplane flying overhead sounds louder.

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bombayblue52

United States

#22 Feb 18, 2008
I am stunned and amazed that you are stunned and amazed. Why do people think they have a right to hang up a musical instrument outside that can be heard all over the neighborhood at all hours of the day and night? These new age idiots are extremely rude and thoughtless. Good neighbors keep wind chimes INDOORS.
Stunned and Amazed wrote:
Once again I am both Stunned and Amazed.
I am Stunned that anyone would raise such a fuss about wind chimes.
And I am Amazed that someone who lives in that neighborhood is uneducated about the benefits of wind chimes.
That neighborhood is relatively new, it sits on a golf course, the Canterbury, and I think that wind chimes should be the least of their worries. I don’t live on that particular golf course community but having lived on one I can tell you the biggest concern is listening to golfers curse because they didn’t sink their putt, or having your house hit by a golf ball and even an occasional drunk golfer with a small bladder relieving himself out in the middle of the fairway.
With that being said, wind chimes are peaceful by comparison. It has been proven that wind chimes are very therapeutic. They calm the nerves, they provide a peaceful background chime while you work or play outside. There is also evidence to prove that the sound from a wind chime improves health and has been said that the gentle sound will comfort a stressed mind. They are beneficial for people who have high blood pressure or heart problems, if you sit and listen to them, they will encourage total relaxation. Many of us don’t think about the positive effects wind chimes have on us and I think that is what there neighbors are unaware of, the positive health benefits.
bombayblue52

United States

#23 Feb 18, 2008
Amen.
Matt wrote:
My nasty neighbors put up huge wind chimes right next to my home. I hate them.
I have a right to a peaceful home. Any body who puts out wind chimes that their neighbors can hear is a narcissistic scumbag
bombayblue52

United States

#24 Feb 18, 2008
If you don't know the difference between why we have airplane noise and wind chime noise, I feel sorry for you. Anyway, try living in a neighborhood where you cannot escape from the clinking and clanging of wind chimes unless you close all of your windows and do not venture outdoors. For the record, I read the newpaper article and watched the news video, and the rude SOB and his mother "sometimes don't make it home before dark to tie up the chimes." WTF?! They aren't even home to listen to them!!!!!!
The Iggy wrote:
What a bunch of crap! Do the neighbors complain about the airplane noise & call the cops on the airlines? Screw them, if they don't like it move. The HOA is just as screwed up, where is their balls to stand up to these whiney little nosey too much time on their hands idiot people?!??!
Unreal! I will never ever ever be a part of an HOA, talk about Nazi's!
Ben Rectanus

Denver, CO

#25 Feb 19, 2008
The Iggy wrote:
What a bunch of crap! Do the neighbors complain about the airplane noise & call the cops on the airlines? Screw them, if they don't like it move. The HOA is just as screwed up, where is their balls to stand up to these whiney little nosey too much time on their hands idiot people?!??!
Unreal! I will never ever ever be a part of an HOA, talk about Nazi's!
Yeah, they're lucky. They could have a crappy guitar player next door with a 100-watt Marshall. And maybe a shotgun and an attitude.
frizzlema

Calgary, Canada

#26 Mar 25, 2008
I agree that it is simply rude to pollute your neighbors space with wind chimes. It is hard to ignore a sound that just annoys you. Perhaps an anonymous note slipped under the door when no one is home will do the trick. Especially if they assume it was authored by someone other than you. No one wants an army of annoyed, sleep deprived neighbors to deal with.

“We're all screwed now”

Level 1

Since: Jul 07

Colorado high country

#27 Mar 25, 2008
I see both sides of this coin, one side more than the other. The side that shows the most is how fu&%ing STUPID it would ever be to complain over something as inane as a wind-chime, geezus it's like my neighbor that called the cops because she thought my water had been on long enough. WTF, who died and made her "water cop". As lillith said, go raid your government, they are the ones screwing us without any K-Y. Get a fu&^ing life or possibly some earplugs or better yet, move the hell away. Someone mentioned the therapeutic benefits of wind-chimes, that is true. Ever have one of those things that has "white noise", "rain", "river flowing", "WINDCHIMES", I have one myself and can select whichever seems the most relaxing. I figure they wouldn't put wind-chimes on something like that if it weren't relaxing, a duh. We rescued a kitten and the "heartbeat" function was a godsend for her just being stranded from her mother. It works, no chit mayn!!
However, I am a noise sensitive sleeper and can be awaken by a car passing by on the street outside. A loud, out of tune wind-chime hanging outside my bedroom window would drive me to do crazy things, like spray paint the damn think pink or something, heavy paint like Rustoleum, knock the chime right out of it...

"Hey, do you know who did this?"

"Hell neighbor, I didn't see anything but I'll keep an eye out, must be those damn neighborhood kids", wink, wink.

As far as the big clunky ones in a row outside the window, MikeSnyder made me laugh because as I was thinking it, I was reading his post about some honking device while away. I like the "Star Spangled Banner" ala Jimi on a loop at about 11 or so for the weekend(Onkyo produces some pretty powerful amplifiers and I would be more than happy to introduce them to mine)coming out of a beautiful set of Peavey's. 24 hours of that screeching shit will drive them to move, or take down the wind-chimes, or move them like you asked or maybe they will just shoot you, who knows. I can play games just like the next guy can and If I get a hint they are doing it just to piss me off, well GAME ON!!!! Strangely, when you play their game it usually works because they find that it annoys them just as much as it does you. Again though, you never know the mindset of your neighbor and the next thing you could be looking at is the wrong end of a gun. Be smart, don't be stupid, most people that act like that are usually pretty dumb anyway.
Whooo, sorry, in a bad mood today and this was the "bitch o' the day", you know, something you read and when not in the right frame of mind just makes you go WHAT THE F^&K!!!

P.S., HOA...never, never, never, never, never, never would I buy a house within one. Home Owners Association=someone other than you that owns YOUR home, get it, not meaning YOU the home owner. I would never, I will never, and I would never recommend even to the inconsiderate wind-chime neighbors to belong to an HOA. Ever hear of the Third Reich and Nazi Germany, yeah, HOA right there, without the killing part of course.

“Poke the bear at your own risk”

Since: Sep 07

Broomfield, CO

#28 Mar 26, 2008
cuttershelper wrote:
P.S., HOA...never, never, never, never, never, never would I buy a house within one. Home Owners Association=someone other than you that owns YOUR home, get it, not meaning YOU the home owner. I would never, I will never, and I would never recommend even to the inconsiderate wind-chime neighbors to belong to an HOA. Ever hear of the Third Reich and Nazi Germany, yeah, HOA right there, without the killing part of course.
Me either, but give the HOA time, they'll find a way to pass a rule that says they can shoot you if you wear funny plaid pants! LOL j/k of course.

“We're all screwed now”

Level 1

Since: Jul 07

Colorado high country

#29 Mar 26, 2008
The Iggy wrote:
<quoted text>
Me either, but give the HOA time, they'll find a way to pass a rule that says they can shoot you if you wear funny plaid pants! LOL j/k of course.
Ha, yea your probably right. We don't really have many HOA's up in my parts but we do have neighborhoods and subdivisions with "covenants". In my opinion it is just like an HOA, a bunch of tightwad neighbors got together and decided that everyone has the same shingles and that your driveway has to be a certain length, stupid stuff like that. I don't think you have to pay dues or anything but you must comply or they will force you out, have heard of it happening. I don't live in one but I have friends that do and even just with a covenant, they are miserable and want to move.
I thought of something for the wind-chimes, Silly String...that crap would gum up an airplane in mid-flight. Neighbors think the kids did it and you can shoot that stuff an easy 10-12 feet. Windchime, meet windslime...;)
BadKarma

Wahiawa, HI

#30 Mar 30, 2008
Iggy & Spawn,

I do not understand how the two of you can't recognize chimes only a few meters away from your bedroom window as a violation of your basics rights. You posted notes about crows and jets, but this is direct and blatant disregard of being a good neighbor.

But don't worry. Tomorrow I am going to Home Depot and I'm buying some chain and pipe. I will be constructing the mother of all wind chimes and we'll see what happens next...

Bottom-line; I've asked my neighbor on several occasions to remove the chimes, he refuses. I've asked him to wrap a rubber band around them each night before he goes to sleep, he refuses. In our area the winds usually pick up at just after 10:30. Unfortunately, that's about 45 minutes after he goes to sleep and I study for classes until about 11:30.

Perhaps you've become desensitized by that high pitched ringing in your head. I recommend you wrap the tinfoil a bit tighter, roll another joint, down another lude, and hang another set of chimes.
John

San Diego, CA

#31 Apr 5, 2008
My neighbors are pure scum. They lined the property line with wind chimes to harass me. This is because they were pissed I put a fence up to stop their vermin teenagers form coming into my yard. I put a very nice expensive iron fence up, not some nasty looking thing.

They are breaking the local noise ordinance, so I am taking them to court.

They also placed a speaker and starting blasting rap music anytime I went outside. This stopped when the police came, but the chimes have not stopped.
SaraR

San Diego, CA

#32 Apr 7, 2008
I agree. It is pure evil to place chimes that disturb a neighbor's sleep.
Debbie

Plano, TX

#33 May 13, 2008
I asked my freak neighbor to move one of his many to help me get some sleep. He said that they have sentimental value to him and they help him sleep. WTF?????
Ben Dover

Denver, CO

#34 May 13, 2008
Debbie did you really do Dallas? I'll bet you have nice tits.
Angry Neighbor

Portland, OR

#35 Jun 16, 2008
WARNING ATOMIC RANT! I can't stand wind chimes. Especially outside my bedroom window. My "New-Age Wacko" neighbor has multiple sets of Chimes hanging off every deck of a 3 story house next to mine.(Some of the chimes are over 6 feet long) When they "Chime" it sends flocks of birds flying in terror and makes my blood boil. To make matters worse he tries to be as annoying as possible in many other creative ways. He has a blue giant double decker school bus that hes has out fitted with solar panels. The giant blue bus and his house are covered in little lights that blink and flash and change color.(Try and imagine Christmas lights only brighter.) I have talked with him about the light and sound pollution. He acted like he cared and then proceeded to do nothing.I have come to the conclusion that he is an intolerable asshole.The Lights stay on all night and the wind chimes never come down(Unless he has company over). I have covered my bedroom windows with blinds and curtains to block the light and now I sleep with a fan on next to my head so I can't hear his stupid fricking Chimes. I am at my wits end with this neighbor and I am really about to snap. I have informed him that his lights and Chimes are in violation of local sound and lighting codes but still he refuses to tear the tacky crap down. I am one step away from filing a complaint with code enforcement. My only fear is that it will have no effect and the neighbor will respond by just adding more flashing lights and chimes. I can't afford to move. But I swear to god If I have to put up with living next to this giant pinball machine much longer I may lose all self control. I dream of burning his house down and blowing that damn bus sky high. My narcissistic neighbor clearly delights in disturbing the peace of our quiet neighborhood. I have a great deal of empathy for the others that have posted here. As for the others who think that people who are bothered by Chimes are somehow being overly sensitive, all I have to say is; If you were in my shoes, you would STFU. Fact is, Wind Chimes can be extremely annoying, In fact of all the bull my neighbor has pulled, I find the Chimes the most annoying thing by far. The sound is a constant reminder of his lack of respect he has for his neighbors. Now before you start calling me names. I would like to say on more thing. I work with bands as a sound man and I operate a stage lighting company. The amount of sound and light escaping my neighbors property is way out of control. I often wonder what would happen if I responded with a light and sound show of my own pointed in his direction. I think a few thousand watts of stage lighting and Some JBL towers should do it. There are plenty of recordings of wind chimes available on you tube. Lets see how he likes the sound of Chimes cranked up to 135 DB. I haven't done it yet because I am afraid of becoming the bad guy the neighbors hate. My neighbor has worked hard to become the most hated in the neighborhood and I would hate to take that away from him. However, I would like to stick one of his 6 foot wind chimes up his ass. Maybe then he would get the point. God I hope my neighbor drops dead or moves away. This guy is bring down my property values and driving me nuts, what gives him the right? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

“We're all screwed now”

Level 1

Since: Jul 07

Colorado high country

#36 Jun 16, 2008
What you need to do is record HIS chimes "chiming" and play it back on your JBL. Maybe a few "twinkling lights" ala concert style, just for fun. Good luck dude, I would have snapped by now and covert measures would be in full operation.
Mike Snyder

Vancouver, WA

#37 Jun 16, 2008
Annoying neighbors are an unfortunate reality of not living on 100 acres. And even then, I'm sure there are some that could piss you off. Personally, I will not buy a house unless I can have a little space and some solid walls/barriers. An apartment offers me a lot more protection and I live in a nice place.

I've seen many neighbors go way overboard in complaining on both sides of issues. Technically, we are suppose to respect the rules and laws of where we live. However, there is always the law of the jungle as well.

I'll bet you this... if you were an annoying neighbor and lived in a place like south-central LA or compton and you did s**t that pissed off everyone else, it would not be tolerated by your surrounding neighbors.

I hate to say there should be an ordinance about what you do on your own property, but there must be some kind of reasonable respect for neighbors as well. They say good fences make good neighbors. Perhaps you could do that. Hiring some out-of-town kids to deal with the wind chimes more directly might also be a solution. I can't imagine 6 foot wind-chimes are cheap. But that is both unethical and dangerous and I wouldn't advocate it. Still... any neighbor who acts like God and annoys the hell out of his neighbors intentionally and is totally insensative deserves a lot of reprecussions as well. Just make sure you are visiting relatives if anything should happen to them.

“Don't like the rules?...Leave”

Level 1

Since: Mar 07

Denver, but on pause...

#38 Jun 16, 2008
Angry Neighbor wrote:
WARNING ATOMIC RANT! I can't stand wind chimes. Especially outside my bedroom window. My "New-Age Wacko" neighbor has multiple sets of Chimes hanging off every deck of a 3 story house next to mine.(Some of the chimes are over 6 feet long) When they "Chime" it sends flocks of birds flying in terror and makes my blood boil. To make matters worse he tries to be as annoying as possible in many other creative ways. He has a blue giant double decker school bus that hes has out fitted with solar panels. The giant blue bus and his house are covered in little lights that blink and flash and change color.(Try and imagine Christmas lights only brighter.) I have talked with him about the light and sound pollution. He acted like he cared and then proceeded to do nothing.I have come to the conclusion that he is an intolerable asshole.The Lights stay on all night and the wind chimes never come down(Unless he has company over). I have covered my bedroom windows with blinds and curtains to block the light and now I sleep with a fan on next to my head so I can't hear his stupid fricking Chimes. I am at my wits end with this neighbor and I am really about to snap. I have informed him that his lights and Chimes are in violation of local sound and lighting codes but still he refuses to tear the tacky crap down. I am one step away from filing a complaint with code enforcement. My only fear is that it will have no effect and the neighbor will respond by just adding more flashing lights and chimes. I can't afford to move. But I swear to god If I have to put up with living next to this giant pinball machine much longer I may lose all self control. I dream of burning his house down and blowing that damn bus sky high. My narcissistic neighbor clearly delights in disturbing the peace of our quiet neighborhood. I have a great deal of empathy for the others that have posted here. As for the others who think that people who are bothered by Chimes are somehow being overly sensitive, all I have to say is; If you were in my shoes, you would STFU. Fact is, Wind Chimes can be extremely annoying, In fact of all the bull my neighbor has pulled, I find the Chimes the most annoying thing by far. The sound is a constant reminder of his lack of respect he has for his neighbors. Now before you start calling me names. I would like to say on more thing. I work with bands as a sound man and I operate a stage lighting company. The amount of sound and light escaping my neighbors property is way out of control. I often wonder what would happen if I responded with a light and sound show of my own pointed in his direction. I think a few thousand watts of stage lighting and Some JBL towers should do it. There are plenty of recordings of wind chimes available on you tube. Lets see how he likes the sound of Chimes cranked up to 135 DB. I haven't done it yet because I am afraid of becoming the bad guy the neighbors hate. My neighbor has worked hard to become the most hated in the neighborhood and I would hate to take that away from him. However, I would like to stick one of his 6 foot wind chimes up his ass. Maybe then he would get the point. God I hope my neighbor drops dead or moves away. This guy is bring down my property values and driving me nuts, what gives him the right? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
Check with the City regarding noise ordinances, and improper lighting...You'll likely find your neighbor to be in violation of your legal right to "Peaceful Enjoyment" of your home...There are reasons for not allowing one to blast their music, or run a strobe light, and there are indeed laws to prevent them from doing so...Also, order the Landlord/Tenants Rights Book from your County, the same laws apply to home owners...Trust me, I'd stir it up...
ventura1

Ewa Beach, HI

#39 Jun 22, 2008
i'm about to find out. after listening to my neighbors' screaming brat kids for years-on top of the multiple wind chimes and their drunk father--i asked them how much longer their kid was going to be bouncing that ball on concrete outside my window. his father said "it's a f****g ball, lady, shut the ef up and go back in the house, etc." when my LL--a total chicken****--came home, he told him some big lie and the kids are worse than ever. so i got notice my tenancy's terminated after six years and called my local fair housing office.

i'm sending my LL letters this week for harassment and unlawful eviction; their landlord, too, for maintaining nuisances. this is important if you hope to recover damages.

my car's been vandalized and the good old boys' network has kicked in to bury me. easier to move? yes. affordable? no. do i want this aggravation? not. but i've had it so let the chips fall. nobody should be subjected to incessant rudeness and i have as much right to live my life as anybody else.

and incidentally, city council was a joke.

“Don't like the rules?...Leave”

Level 1

Since: Mar 07

Denver, but on pause...

#40 Jun 22, 2008
ventura1 wrote:
i'm about to find out. after listening to my neighbors' screaming brat kids for years-on top of the multiple wind chimes and their drunk father--i asked them how much longer their kid was going to be bouncing that ball on concrete outside my window. his father said "it's a f****g ball, lady, shut the ef up and go back in the house, etc." when my LL--a total chicken****--came home, he told him some big lie and the kids are worse than ever. so i got notice my tenancy's terminated after six years and called my local fair housing office.
i'm sending my LL letters this week for harassment and unlawful eviction; their landlord, too, for maintaining nuisances. this is important if you hope to recover damages.
my car's been vandalized and the good old boys' network has kicked in to bury me. easier to move? yes. affordable? no. do i want this aggravation? not. but i've had it so let the chips fall. nobody should be subjected to incessant rudeness and i have as much right to live my life as anybody else.
and incidentally, city council was a joke.
I know for a FACT that California has laws regarding "Peaceful Enjoyment" of ones residence...But, it sounds as though you're way past that point...
However, your Land Lord can evict you, without reason, unless you're in a long term lease and not one cent behind in your rent...If you're elderly or disabled, they have to give you an extension to the normal "30 Days"...
My mother was evicted for complaining about the upstairs tenants, who had 6 kids that would jump so hard on the floor that her pictures would fall off the walls...She was never once late with her rent in over 11 years, but the on-site manager simply didn't want her there anymore...There was nothing she could do except move, since her tenancy was month-to-month...
Don't be too surprised if you run into many walls in your journey...California is NOT a tenant state...
Wayland

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Aug 22, 2008
Looking at the fact that they take the time to take down the chime after a set time either agreed on by the HOA or via neighbor to neighbor I feel that they have no reasons to complain. As one person has the right to silence the other has the right for a chime.
Ultimately the chimes are sounding via an uncontrollable force called the wind. Maybe they should looking at filing a lawsuit against mother nature for having the wind blow. Heck sue mother nature because thunder is too loud!

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