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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ready, re-aim, fire

Now let me get this straight -- you didn't notice the big ship with the guns when you bought the condo?

It seems neighbors of Old Ironsides are looking to change a 200-year-plus tradition of firing the warship's cannons twice daily.
“The residential population and congestion of this area has (sic) grown significantly and, it seems to us, that the cannon charge/noise is excessive,” the unidentified resident first wrote in an Aug. 26, 2009, letter obtained by the Herald.
One of the rules of real estate is location, location, location. The proximity to the Navy Yard, and the history that lives within it are no doubt factored in to the purchase, which should be the first clue that you are living near the world's oldest commissioned warship.

And if that didn't do the trick, the ease with which you can observe the annual spectacle of the turnaround on July 4th might be a factor too.

But apparently some intrepid urban adventurers didn't realize the downside.
Over the summer, we have entertained several times, and we have had guests sit up in shock when the cannon goes off,” the resident wrote. “It has also awakened them at 8 a.m. while they are vacationing and then blasted them again at sunset.”
Boo-hoo. Great alarm clock if you are lazy enough to loll around until 8 a.m.

You want excessive noise, trying living around a student late-night party. Maybe the Navy should re-train the guns on the units where folks have issues.

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Blogger John Mc said...

OK, why does living near a shipyard mean you should 'expect' cannons to go off? Unless they were at an open house during those times, there's no reason to expect cannon fire twice a day is there?

November 07, 2009 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is like the people that buy a home next to a motorsports racetrack, and then complain about the noise the racing vehicles make.

November 08, 2009 7:23 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

John Mc -- Is it wrong to assume people do some research about where they choose to live, particularly when they make an investment? Were they totally unaware it's an active warship that parades in the harbor every July 4th? Anon 7:23 hits the nail on the head.

November 08, 2009 8:48 AM  

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