Did you ever notice that just about everywhere in the United States there is noise?
Restaurants have the clanging of dishes, the buzzing of customers in life changing conversation, and of course, we need to have the background music because it wouldn't be the same without background music.
Coffee Shops have that lovely whirrrrrr of the machine...yes I don't know the technical name of the machine...but I don't drink coffee so I think I should be let off of the hook. Also, every coffee shop I have been in also has background music, and it isn't soft.
The Libary. Most often noise in the form of a printer. However I heard music in the library too, someone had their ipod turned all the way up and I could hear their headphones.
Stoplights. The horns are honking, engines purring, radio's blaring music through open car windows (the weather is lovely here by the way!).
The park. Dogs. People. Again more music from radios.
I have recently found myself starving for extreme quiet. I find myself longing for a chair next to a little table on my soon to be apartment patio with a glass of water, a book, a journal and a pen. In addition to all the external noise I encounter in the USA, there is a lot of noise in my head and in my heart and it would be so much easier to sort through that noise in my head and in my heart if there wasn't so much noise going on around me.
I used to find noise calming. As a kid I always went to bed with the radio on, it was soothing, even now, as I beg for quiet, I can't fall asleep without the hum of the fan. Lately though, I am finding the noise to be annoying, distracting, and frustrating.
When did America become so noisy?