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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
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Noise
When we were teenagers, I bought my sister a huge poster that proclaimed, "IF IT'S TOO LOUD, THEN YOU'RE TOO OLD". It had a picture of a guy sitting inbetween two giant stereo speakers. She put it on the outside of her bedroom door, facing our parents' room.

Well I must be getting old, because the music being listened to by the guy in the cubicle next door is driving me crazy. He's listening to it via headphones, but they aren't very good ones, they let a lot of the noise escape, so I have been "enjoying" a the tinny sound of a driving drum machine and a bass rhythm for the past several days. There are occasional beeps and electronic noises, which keep making me think a cell phone is ringing somewhere.

I don't know how he can stand the crap. From here, it sounds awful. I've never been very into the "electronic dance music" scene. Even at clubs, it tends to space me out and make me sleepy - too rhythmic, with not enough variation. I find myself drifting into a trancelike yawning state...and I'm someone who loves to dance.

I asked him to turn it down once, and he did. It may be louder again now, I'm not sure. I hate to bug him again; I just wish his headphones were better. Especially since I do understand the pleasure of being able to block out the world and code to loud music; I often do so myself. It makes me more productive. But my headphones keep the music completely within my own ears.

Also, I'm very nonconfrontational and hate to bug people or ask them to be quiet or whatever. Mostly, when people start annoying me with the noise they make, I just get pissed off, put on my own headphones, and ignore them. The people near me are constantly making loud phone calls, talking among themselves loudly, and listening to crappy music. Loudly. I wish they all could be more quiet and considerate, especially when it's not work-related. Or maybe I'm just easily irritated. Thank goodness I have my headphones and my CD collection...but I don't like to leave them on all day. For one thing, they make my ears uncomfortable after awhile.

Update: the guy turned off his music, and I was briefly pleased and relieved, until he used the silence to telephone his girlfriend. I can hear every personal thing the two guys who sit closest to me ever say on the telephone. I know everything going on in their lives, or I could, if I wanted to. Maybe if they knew that, they'd be a little quieter.

I've given up and put on my headphones. Hooray for Ani.

Also, my office is cold today. Again. *sigh*

Current Mood: cranky cranky
Current Music: Amazing Grace, by Ani DiFranco

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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: February 12th, 2002 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I was in my car recently at the Home Depot parking lot. A pickup truck pulled up next to me with a young guy in it. His "music" was like a thumping rap thing, that I don't appreciate much. I said out loud to myself (as if I was talking to him), "How can you listen to that crap?!" I turned on my radio and there was some poppy 80's drivel on that I happen to sing along with. I laughed and added, "When you could listen to my kind of crap."
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 12th, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee...music is so relative, I know. And I don't have any problem with him liking stuff I don't - I just wish I didn't have to hear it. Isn't it annoying when you're at a traffic light or something, and somebody is listening to something so loudly that you can't even hear your own radio station?
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: February 12th, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I can sometimes hear the bass booming from someone's car inside my house!
guingel From: guingel Date: February 12th, 2002 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's hard to understand why people like a certain type of music. . . or why it's called music. I guess it's like beauty and all that. But listening to somehting you don't want to really sucks. Especially when you can only kinda hear it, I think. You can't ignore it, it just kinda tickles in the back of your mind. Gaah. Like listening to like, an uneven dripping. You can't even keep time to it or anything, it doesn't make a rhythm, it just keeps surprising you.
Anyway. I'm rambling.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 13th, 2002 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)

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Yes, exactly! Same with a conversation - if you can just hear it, it's even harder not to listen to it.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 12th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
My office mates (I wish the City would buy some cubicle walls) all talk on the phone and their conversations as if they think the people they're talking too are hard of hearing; I usually don't want others to have to listen to what I am saying on the phone, which I why I make all my private calls away from the office. And top if off, they play out loud almost all day The Retro Cocktail Hour from the University of Kansas from an internet connection because they both like it, and never asked me about doing it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 12th, 2002 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Ugh. Inconsiderate people drive me crazy.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: February 13th, 2002 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Publish the boyfriend/girlfriend chats on here!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 13th, 2002 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

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heehee...unfortunately, most of the time the calls are boring. Right now, for example, Loud-Music-Guy is arguing with a utility company of some sort, complaining about a late charge he got (he claims he didn't get the bill on time).
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