Yes I know I seem to post a lot of these lately. This one is not about my roommates though. If you had kids, say 7-9 years old, and you lived in an apartment (not on the first floor!), would you let your kids be as loud as humanly possible, or would you attempt to keep them quiet? Would it be possible to keep kids to a dull roar in this setting? I ask because the neighbors upstairs can sometimes be VERY LOUD. We've asked them nicely to keep it down before because my roommate sleeps during the day, and it worked a little, but sometimes I sit here and wonder just what the heck they are doing up there! Tonight it sounds like elephants thumping around up there! We are looking at renting a townhouse when our lease is up in June because they are raising the rent. They have also sent out letters threatening to raise pet rent because stupid people aren't picking up after their dogs. We always pick up after Miles, but they can't tell who is picking up and who isn't, so they will punish everybody. I think it will be nice to live in a townhouse, we won't have to listen to people stomping about over our heads anymore!