I detest any noise coming from neighbors or construction or whatever before 8am. We've lived on bases for years so the rule was suppose to be no noise before 8am. (most people are already up for work or school after 8am)
We've lived in this house since March 1. Our house sits in front of two other houses, kind of a woodsy area. The one older couple are quiet and nice and we try to keep the noise down with our 4 kids even in the middle of the day. The other neighbors are upper middle age and have a barking dog and I swear, no kidding, starts running his chain saw at 7am! Are you kidding me? Middle of the week or weekend! They have a wood stove and already have a huge pile of wood supply so why the chain saw? It's ridiculous! And they're running that wood stove all the time, even in the hot weather. Very odd people.
We also have construction going on at the side path next to our driveway that has been going on for a year according to the neighbors. Was suppose to be done in April. They would start work, again no kidding, at 6am!!!! Then they would stop between 7-8am as alarms were going off for work and school. Are you kidding me?
I think an 8am rule is a good rule because most people are starting their day at that time.
As for at night, the phone needs to stop ringing after about 9pm, unless it's family then it's ok. Our triplets aren't babies anymore so we would tell everyone not to call after 7pm. But they're 6 now and if family calls once in a while after 8-9pm it's ok and it's usually something important.
But yes, I agree on there being common courtesy with calls in a person's home. Our oldest son is 24 and as a teen his buddies would call at 10pm! We'd answer and snap on their butts and tell them not to call again after 8pm, period. And for repeat offenders they'd be told not to call at all, ever! It's not difficult and if it's no emergency that can't wait until the bus tomorrow, don't call! That included our kid's cell phone as well. We pay the bills so the cells stay plugged in on the kitchen counter and is only used when they go out. Cell phone are for when they're out of the house. When they're home that's our family time, period.
Drives us nuts when people, anyone, calls us bright and early on a Saturday morning. Can't anyone let us home just one morning to try to sleep in? Our triplets get us up early enough as it is!
Oh, and time zones? Yah, if you're calling someone you DO know what time zone you're calling. That's never a good excuse. I don't call people outside my time zone using my time. I use their time!
Another thing I hate is when my husband's employees call him on his work cell at 9-10pm or later! Ok, my husband's job isn't 24/7. He does have a family life! I told him if it happens one more time, except if it's his boss, I'll grab the phone from his hands and hang the dang thing up and toss it out in the yard! How rude can people get calling their boss that late, usually with things that can wait until the next day or send an email!
mom to 5 including triplets