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Monday, May 5, 2014

Noisier Than Thou

For about two hours, it buzzed like a gigantic mosquito. In my mind, a blog rant began to take shape. And then I wondered: What modern day noise do I regularly create that might likewise disturb someone else's need for quiet? What is your contribution?

Following my father's example, I usually resist using my car horn. But I have succumbed on occasion and added to the modern cacophony. I've also talked myself out of snow blowers, weed whackers and punishing outdoor stereo speakers. But...until I retire my loud lawnmower and replace it with the old fashioned noiseless type, it's hypocritical to chastise those who choose blowing over raking or shoveling and boom boxes and big speakers over ear buds. In classic denial mode, knowing all this has not prevented me from going on a toot about ubiquitous modern-day noise. How about you? When was the last time you got all noisier than thou? Was it before or after your car alarm went off for no reason?

Every time that neighbor gets out the leaf blower to clear his lawn, closely followed by his half of the street (no exaggeration!), my wife listens to me complain. She patiently tolerates my nonsense, usually. I'm hoping she doesn't read this post - I want to hold onto my righteous indignation.

1 comment:

  1. You didn't get your wish - I read it. But after the 2-hour leaf blower stint over the weekend, I think we should lobby for MUFFLER MANDATES on leaf blowers, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, snow blowers, and most of all MOTORCYCLE aftermarket noisemaker kits!!!! WHY are they allowed to make so much noise???? OK, I admit it, you got me started. But hopefully, I'll be quiet about it.