Last week, I came home to find a note slipped through my mail slot. It was from a neighbor who lives on the other side of my back alley. It said that on Saturday (that would be today) he was having a huge birthday party for his wife in their back yard. There would, he said, be lots of noise, his friends' cars taking up a lot of the parking places on the street, and he wanted to ask forgiveness ahead of time.
I thought that notes alerting all of us ahead of time was a very thoughtful move.
Then this afternoon, they started to test out the sound system. It works. It's really,, really loud.
Now it's ten o'clock and their sound system is even louder. It's going to be a very long night!
This is a quiet neighborhood. Under normal circumstances, neighbors would be dropping by to complain, or perhaps dialing the police, and Officer Friendly would drop by to have a chat with the host.
But what the heck? It's his wife's birthday. And he did have the courtesy to let his neighbors know ahead of time.
So, it's sort of like real estate. As long as our clients know what's going to happen, they are less likely to get annoyed.
I'm not annoyed. In a few hours, I might be.
But for now, Happy Birthday back yard neighbor's wife!