For example: I got ONE noise complaint once... On a Saturday night... Over Halloween weekend. It was the first complaint of any kind I'd had, and the instant I got the complaint, we shut the entire party down and went out on the town instead. Totally reasonable, I would think... But I got a call the very next day letting me know that they would let it slide this once, however, if I got another complaint, they would start with some fairly steep fines, followed by eviction. I'm not running a meth lab... I threw a Halloween party, and responded immediately to the complaint that rolled in. Sheesh. Someone in the control tower needs a nap.
Moving on to the topic of tonight's rant, every once in a while I have friends over. Every once in a while, that friend may want to have a cigarette on the balcony. I quit long ago enough now that I might even join them. However, my building has announced that there is to be no smoking outside. Not on your balcony, not in any public area or walkway, not next to the fence, not near the fountain... Nowhere. If you want to smoke in your condo, you need to close all doors and windows.
I get it... It smells like crap to a non-smoker, and the smoke does blow right in to other units. Hell... It happens to me, and it does suck. So, I'm planning to petition the HOA here to eliminate any and all fish grilling or cooking... Unless you do it inside with the windows shut. When I got home tonight, the whole stinking condo (literally) smelled like half-rotten fish. Or maybe it smelled delicious, if you like half-rotten fish. Either way, it is a smell that I find even less appealing than someone blowing cigarette smoke directly in my face. Yes, really.
Beware, HOA... I'm comin' for you. AND your grilled salmon!