The Man Who Swears And Lives Upstairs

This is a record of things said to me by the man who lives upstairs from me.

In JAN 2012 I bumped into the man who lives upstairs, in the hallway, and said “Good morning”.

The man who lives upstairs repeatedly gave me the cutting of throat gesture and said to me “The madness must stop! The madness must stop!”

I assumed he must mean noise from our flat (we have a child and we wear shoes and sometimes sing).

I said “Do you mean we’re making too much noise? I am sorry…”

He did the cutting gesture and said “The madness must stop!”

We share a hallway where we have separate internal front doors. He was very agitated (he’s quite big) and he sort of hovered just inside his door.

I again asked “Do you mean noise?”

He shouted ” You KNOW what I mean! Do not patronise ME!”

Then he slammed the door and stomped upstairs where he lives.

SO: FOR A FEW WEEKS AFTER THAT I WAS ANXIOUS AND CREPT ABOUT.

On the 12 MARCH 2012 I popped out to the shop just before 9am. As I came back in I locked the extra top lock on the outside front door. The man who lives upstairs started coming down his stairs so I quickly disappeared into my flat.

He shouted through our internal door “Fucking moron!”

FOR 2 DAYS I FELT VERY DISTURBED. THIS FEELING REDUCES TO A VAGUE WARINESS. I CREEP AROUND SO HE CAN”T KNOW I’M HERE. I WONDER HOW I WOULD REACT IF HE THREATENED OUR CHILD.

In AUGUST 2012 I was in front of our flats putting the recycling bins back when the man who swears who lives upstairs came out of the front door. “Morning” I said and he replied “Morning”. I turned away saying nothing at all. He then stopped suddenly, glared over his shoulder at me and angrily demanded:”What?!?” He then walked away with a disgusted look and a dismissive wave of his hand.

WHEN I’M AT HOME I SPEND A LOT OF MY TIME MAKING SURE I DO NOT RUN INTO HIM IN OUR SHARED HALLWAY. BUT THAT PLAN CAN’T WORK 100%.

On 10 OCTOBER 2012 I arrived back at our house and there was a van with a delivery of wine for my girlfriend parked outside. I took the delivery from the van man. Neither I nor the van man rang the upstairs bell however the man who swears who lives upstairs appeared round his door. I said “hello there, it’s for me…”. He said “hello, OK…” he turned away and shut his door through which I heard him angrily add “Your problem, …deal with it”.

I MANAGED FOR QUITE A FEW MONTHS TO AVOID EVER SEEING HIM BUT THAT DIDN’T LAST FOREVER…

On 14 FEBRUARY 2013 I was in a good mood but then ran into the man who swears who lives upstairs as I was returning from the shop. I was not able to get into my flat quickly enough and he said to me “Dummy!” I said nothing. There was a parcel for his brother on the floor which I had earlier in the day signed for. He picked that up and said “Thanks for this.” I said “Pleasure..” He went slightly inside his flat and said ” Pleasure…….pathetic!”

IS HE TRYING TO GET ME TO REACT ANGRILY? IS IT TOURETTE’S? IS IT SCHIZOPHRENIA?

During May or June 2014 he and his brother moved out.

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