"No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach."
Back up nort', I had some interesting neighbors. They lived right above us (us being my roommate Z and me and my old man dog Hans). They also had a dog, but being too lazy to bring it outside, they simply laid a tarp on the floor of their patio and let it pee there. Z and I never sat on our own patio--too high a chance of being dripped on.
They did everything loudly. Arguments, videogames, movies, music, and sex were all conducted at top volume.
So was cooking. How can cooking be loud, you ask? Good question.
Early one summer evening it began. The incessant pounding from above. It sounded just like a hammer hitting something only sort-of solid. After a moment's worry that one of my neighbors was in the process of murdering or dismembering the other, I decided at least that would half the noise and tuned out. After about an hour, though, other neighbors started getting irritated. Every so often, I heard someone pounding on the upstairs neighbors' door, asking them to keep it down. Some of them just shouted it through the walls. It was a classy joint like that.
After about four ignored pleas for silence, I hear the upstairs neighbor dude shout from his kitchen.
"Shut up! I'm making fucking smashed potatoes, all right?"
(True: Some of Mr. Roger's sweaters are at the Smithsonian.)