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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Sometimes I do wish I lived on a farm someplace surrounded by acres of quiet corn. Circumstances in the guise of my neighbor have kept me from sleeping well lately. Her voice resonates through the walls with a canon-like rumble. Even when she's alone, and on the phone, I can hear every word, and believe me these are not interesting words. Mostly it seems related to the latest basketball game.

So I hooked up my super heavy headphones at about 3 a.m., the type that cover your entire ear, and plugged them in to the cable box and began experimenting with various music channels. Symphonies could not drown her out, nor rock. Eventually I found a reggae channel which did the trick, but kept my toes tapping all night.

I was almost asleep, listening to a song with lyrics along the lines of: "A darkness covers the world" when the cat, who was also irritated by the external barrage, and was seeking solace, found the long twisty cord to the headphones and began gnawing on it.

I had to move to scat him away and was up for another hour...

I much prefer the sound of barking dogs which are all over the building and which give me the feeling of being in a primordial bog.

I've decided to take a look through my Sharper Image catalogue for a sound machine that is capable of blocking out noises. I wonder if they have one with yapping dogs?

My other neighbor, says I should just bang on the wall with a frying pan and yell: "Shut up!"

But did you try talking to her, he asks finally, getting serious.

What am I supposed to say. She's just talking and laughing. Should I say, please don't laugh after 11 p.m.? It is verboten?

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Just bought a noise machine... rain sounds etc. no dogs barking, with headphones that are supposed to cancel out other noises.  G'night.

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Other than sleeping, I checked my web statistics and was shocked to find that the page views had finally taken a good jump. 48,000 page views in the last week.  Google gives and google takes away -- but I am going to attribute this to all the new pages I've put on the site, and some of the tinkering I did to try and get images to list in the google image search.

And orders have continued to come in at their usual rate -- the trickle needed to stay in rice, beans, and today the luxury of the soothing sound machine.  Can you believe that one of the presets on this thing is City Noise?  Sirens and cars going by, but muffled, as if you were on the 20th floor in a penthouse suite with good windows.  And that was what did the trick.  It is a sad state of affairs when, after living in the city for 5 decades, I need to have digital City Noise to sleep, but so be it.

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