....by a bunch of road construction machinery - beginning to do road re-surfacing on my RESIDENTIAL street! At first, when I heard the noise, I thought it might be the street sweeper machine, but it didn't move on down the road. Then N* came into my room to ask what was going on - because - hey at 3:45 a.m. I am the expert on everything! I got dressed and went outside - the machinery and vehicles were not government issue (no gov't logos). I found the supervisor sitting in a truck and asked him what was going on. He stated the obvious - road work - and I asked him who authorized them to be doing this type of work at this time of night. He gave me the name of the city I live in, so I went inside, got the phone book out, and called the city manager's office, my city councilman's office, and the street maintenance supervisor. I took the cordless phone outside and left a voice mail message for each one. "Good morning! This is CJ, and I live at XX. You'll notice I'm shouting over the din of road construction machinery that you've so thoughtfully sent to my RESIDENTIAL street at 3:45 a.m. First of all, I'm shocked that the city is spending money to resurface this street which is in good order already with a recession going on - considering there are other streets in this city in FAR worse shape than this one. Congratulations on sending out the cut rate crew! If any one of you great brains behind this city approved project have the nerve to respond, you may contact me at XX." I received a call back at 8:15 a.m. from the city manager's office who was annoyed that I referred to him as a "great brain" - and then had the nerve to tell me that there were no city projects scheduled for my street - and perhaps it was being done by the neighboring city. I realize he does not know I am a well informed citizen - and know that the neighboring city's border is on the corner north from my house - and this road crew was headed south - inside my city's boundaries....and for goodness sake, why would the supervisor I spoke with tell me they were authorized by my city? The man promised to call me back. As I left to go to work 15 minutes later, I drove south down my street - and ran into a road crew from the city - complete with uniforms, trucks and machines emblazened with my city's logo everywhere. I slowed down to ask one of the workers when they started this morning - he said 8:00 a.m! City manager's office is sure on top of things! A little while later, a man called from the street maintenance dept to tell me that the group that awakened me this morning was a subcontractor - who he had authorized to work at night. I asked him if he planned on authorizing them to work in his neighborhood at that hour of the night, or just mine. (I admit - there are times I do go too far.) He apologized for the noise, and said he thought they'd be done by 10:00 p.m. I explained with the city workers already on the job at 8:00 a.m. this morning, he had to have known that the work the subcontractor was assigned had to be completed before 8:00 a.m. In any case, he told me he'd contacted the subcontractor and has informed them they can work from 7:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. Had I not called, the subcontractors would have done this again tonight (and other nights) all the way down the street I live on... difficult child's do grow up...some of them work in our governments - Yikes!