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Sony's got a lot to answer for

I'm slowly but surely turning into a grumpy old woman. I usually take a book or a newspaper to read on my gruelling 2, 2 1/2 hour daily commute, and would be quite happy to pass that time quietly reading; but more and more my pleasure is ruined by the godawful noise coming from mobile phone ringtones, and most especially, Walkmans/iPods/MP3 players. Why do those things always have to be played so loudly? Why, when I'm sat at one end of a carriage, do I have to hear the tinny sounds of a drum machine gone mad coming out of the headphones of somebody sat at the other end? And why do these youths (because they're always youths) have to act like you've just told them you want to roast their grandmother if you ask them to turn it down a little? They never comply, but the rest of the journey you'll have to suffer their filthy looks and sometimes, their indignant verbal abuse as well. Complaining to the conductors, on those rare occasions they dare show themselves, I've found is completely useless -- even if you're in the area on the train formally designated a hush zone. They'd rather not get involved, and the most you can get is a "chin up, little lady, you'll soon be at your destination -- only three more stops!" But that's not the point. One Walkman, I might be able to ignore, but when the sound is coming from 6 different directions at once, it's a cacophony and I have no option but to close my book with a sigh because I've read the same paragraph 23 times and I still don't have a clue what it's about.

And of course, I understand the attraction of playing your music loudly. I used to be tempted to do the same when I was younger, but I didn't unless I was sure I wasn't bothering anyone. I have parquetry flooring at home. I kick off my shoes as soon as I come in, because I don't want to give the downstairs neighbours cause to start banging on the ceiling. These kids, can't they invest in better headphones so they don't need to turn up their music, if I may call it that because all I hear is that awful tinny noise, to the max to drown out the sounds of the world around them? For now, I comfort myself with the thought that these louts (and loutettes) will all be stone deaf by the time they reach 30, and then they'll be laughing on the other side of their face. </rant>

Luckily, things are not all bad this morning: it's sinecure's birthday! May it be a jolly one!

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( 8 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
tori_x
Dec. 21st, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I'm one of these louts :) The main reason I play mine so loud is to wake me up in the morning and to drown out the sound of the stupid automated voice telling me where I am at every stop, I have eyes I can see. But I apologise on behalf of us louts, if you asked me to turn it down I would with no dirty looks.
gamiila
Dec. 21st, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Apology accepted, on behalf of grumpy old women everywhere! *mwah*
curiouswombat
Dec. 21st, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
You need some printed stickers - 'I play my iPod too loud on the tram' that you can put onto their backs as they leave the tram like pre-schoolers get that say 'I played quietly in the toy corner. Wouldn't cut the noise down but it would make you feel better!

Or get a pair of decent headphones and some soothing music for yourself, and block them out!

Hey - how about stickers that say 'I will talk about your business in public on my mobile on the tram.' Imagine being at a meeting, turning to leave the room, and the person you have just been talking to reading that as you leave the room! Even though they probably do it themselves!

All grumpy old ladies like us could carry them - make it a grumpy old lady pastime to see how many we can tag in a day!
gamiila
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Or get a pair of decent headphones and some soothing music for yourself, and block them out!

I did make a half-hearted attempt to join them once or twice, but I can't do it. I simply can't put my headphones on, crank up the volume and enjoy my music in public that way. I'm tooaware of my surroundings and the possibility that I may be giving offense to some poor soul trying to read their book two seats away from me.

How sad am I? No, don't answer that; I already know.
meko00
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I feel your pain. I always try to keep the noise down wherever I am, as I have very good hearing myself. It's just common courtesy.
gamiila
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
On behalf of those of us who still believe in the philosophy of Do Unto Others, I thank you.
cheesygirl
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've always been a grumpy old woman when it comes to this sort of thing! Especially living in an apartment I do my best to be courteous about how loud my TV and music get. Very few of the neighbors I've ever had have been equally so. Grrrrrr.

I'm very sensitive to noise. Oddly enough I lived for two years near a railroad crossing and had to listen to the rumble of trains and train horns several times a day. That didn't bother me at all. What did bother me was my downstairs neighbor blaring music all the time and children shrieking in the pool next door.

Ring tones drive me nuts. Not only are they loud, but they also have the most irritating "tunes". The more irritating the ring tone, the longer it takes the person to find the phone in their bag/pocket/purse and turn it on. *grumble grumble*
gamiila
Dec. 21st, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ring tones drive me nuts. Not only are they loud, but they also have the most irritating "tunes". The more irritating the ring tone, the longer it takes the person to find the phone in their bag/pocket/purse and turn it on.

Oh, ain't it the truth? A few months ago, you simply couldn't escape from Crazy Frog anywhere...but the one that drives me round the bend comes from from the phone of on of the management assistants on my floor: it's the intro to 'Nightporter', a song I 've loved for quarter of a century. Why?

a) the girl doesn't even know the song and had never heard of the band that play it (Japan)
b) it only plays the first 3 bars and then breaks of, leaving me to involuntarily hum the rest again.
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