Doesn’t that sound nice? I started thinking about this last week while attending our company’s Annual Meeting in Florida. No, not the beach, not a walk along the Gulf shore. Rather, a terrace outside a series of meeting rooms where several companies were having breakfast. I saw the sign below and thought: “we need more areas like this.” On the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t even need the sign?
As you may know, The Editor doesn’t edit #1LinerWeds posts. The theory behind that decision evolved from the thought that even I could be trusted with the word choice and grammar of a one-line post. Who knew?
Otherwise, she would no doubt point out the fact that I am the enemy of all things tranquil around this house. She is quiet. Maddie is quiet, until she isn’t. When intruders threaten the perimeter or the extended perimeter, a.k.a. all that Maddie can see/sniff, she goes bonkers. MiMi is quiet – MuMu is NOT quiet. Worse yet, MuMu is not quiet when everyone else is trying to sleep. But those are sharp, isolated bursts of noise.
I seem to be a source of abnormal ambient noise. The sounds made by my phone, the TV, my conversations with my friend, my eating crunchy things, bodily noises, bumping into things and the attendant “ouch, damn, aieeee, etc.” the occasional grump, snarl and moan when the thing-I-bumped-into’s name starts with an ‘M’ and untimely requests and comments yelled from a different room.
At work, I am the unintended recipient of ambient noise. My office is across the hall from the kitchen. The background noise of the kitchen is bad enough; the microwave, faucet, disposer, ice-maker and tea kettle all make a tranquility disturbing amount of noise. However, I would accept all of that if I could get my coworkers to speak softly. No one speaks softly in the kitchen.
Maybe I need a sign!
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