Monday, January 23, 2006

Satisfying Noises

I think it’s fair to say that I am overly sensitive to loudness. I can happily listen to the TV at levels most people can’t hear, and although I do occasionally crank the stereo, if you crank the stereo and it’s something I don’t care for, I just can’t handle it. Even small noises are capable of completely tormenting me, especially if they’re of a repetitive nature; tapping or dripping, that sort of thing.
But there are also noises that please me endlessly. Two that come to mind today:
1) There’s a new self-serve machine at the post office that accepts packages. When you tap the screen, it makes an electronic, loudish clack. I don’t know how to describe it any better than that. It seems to be it’s own distinct sound. Best of all, there never seems to be a line at the self-serve machine even though there is almost always a line for the real people. I can only assume those people don’t know about the satisfying clack.
2) The dial on an iPod. Ben got an iPod for Xmas and I was pretty unfamiliar with them before this. Again, it’s a sort of artificial sounding tick tick tick tick tick, but it’s just so dang pleasant.


Lisa said...

Was at the post office this weekend using the very same machine and loveloveloved that sound. Absolutely delicious clack.

Betsy said...

Oh, I so love it when people validate me on things like this! Thanks, Lisa!

teo said...

i'm with you on the sensitive ears thing. i hate loud noises and rooms and white noise. i love having the TV on at nearly inaudible levels.

sometimes late on a sunday, after the TV has been on for far too many hours, i finally turn off the TV and realize that my ears were close to mutinous behavior. i don't know what that behavior would look like in ears, but thankfully i turn off the noise just in time. refreshing silence.