In fall of 2009 I began my first real-deal no-roommate living situation: a studio apartment right near Kent State in the “Kent Village” complex. I was still finishing up school there, working long hours, and then doing video projects that required me to be at the media lab quite a bit, so it was great being close enough to come-and-go from the school whenever needed. I could walk to Sheetz for a sandwich at 1AM, I (kinda) learned to do my own laundry and it was close-quarters enough to access my neighbors iTunes library and test drive The Blueprint 3 risk free. It was truly the life. Until I discovered The Pacer.
"The Pacer" is a very unimaginative-but-accurate nickname for my upstairs neighbor who just paced a freakin’ ton. Back and forth. Over and over. Sometimes at 3AM. Sometimes at 7AM. It was awful. I’d fall sound asleep and, like clockwork, wake up anticipating the pacing to start. And it would. It caused my mind to play tricks on me a bit trying to figure out the circumstances. To make it worse, it was VERY loud. It sounded like he was spreading rocks all over the floor of his apartment. He had to be. I even developed a vision in my head of what The Pacer looked like:
(Just Googled “Horrible Monster”)
I ended up seeing him several times, and this is a more accurate depiction:
(Just Googled “Normal Guy”)
By winter break I’d had enough. I sent an email to the front desk. It took a while, but by the time the maintenance guy came to tend to my “concern” (not complaint…as I specified in the email) he explained that the loud noises I heard were due to the concrete between floors being old and crumbling, made worse by the really cold winter. He said they usually can only fix it after a tenant moves out. He then when on to say “I read your email and it was very, very descriptive.” Now that I send a lot of emails in my day-to-day, I know that’s not a compliment whatsoever.
The pacing was less frequent for the most part after that winter, from what I understand or made up he was active in some branch of the military and was out of town quite a bit. This also could explain and justify the frequent pacing at off hours. Though I don’t know what became of The Pacer, I was able to find this gem with a quick Gmail inbox search. Now, for the first time ever on the internet, the actual email I sent to the front desk at Kent Village Apartments about The Pacer. Completely unedited.
This is Tony Hartman from apartment 279. I’ve been meaning to drop you guys a line with a strange noise concern. Not really a complaint, but definitely worth mentioning. I’ve had no problems with my unit or anything else related to my stay here, but for the first couple months I noticed the upstairs neighbor created a lot of noise in my unit when walking across the room, like louder than any noise inside my apartment could be. It was made worse because they pace a lot (I realize you can’t file a noise complaint for someone just walking in their apartment). This stopped for well over a month and then began again last weel, louder and more frequent than before. I don’t understand how a carpeted floor above could cause so much noise in my unit. Is this a common complaint? I’ve known people that lived at Kent Village and never said they had a problem. One thing that makes this even more strange is that it sounds like there’s rocks being piled on the floor throughout the day. I doubt that’s anything a tenant has mentioned before, but that is definitely what it sounds like. Is it possible someone has been working on remodeling the unit? It’s doubtful since these noises sometimes go until at least 3am.
I don’t know if there’s anything that can be done about this (really, it’s a problem for me because I work late and do homework and study until even later, and often get woken up between 7-8am by how loud this is). I know someone causing noise by walking isn’t like a neighbor playing their TV too loud, but with how odd this is I thought I’d let you guys know and maybe it’s something you’re already aware of.
Thanks for your time and let me know if you need or have any additional information.