BANG! BANG!

“Bang, bang, on the door baby

I can’t hear you!”

           – “Love Shack” by the B52s

We’ve been having construction for the past six to eight centuries or so it seems.  That’s because the roof of the library where I work (it is not a love shack, sadly) has been leaking since the 1970s, when it was built.  So now they are fixing it.  No, for reals this time.  They are doing something anyway.  Like whacking with what sounds like Thor’s hammer, and using buzzsaws, and stomping (possibly hopping up and down in work boots).  We can even hear them talking.  Of course, that might be because they have actually made holes in the ceiling while . . . fixing the holes in the roof.

If I had a hammer . . .

If I had a hammer . . .

My coworker J and I are waiting in our office / storage room for the roof to fall in on top of us.  Or one of the workers to fall through the roof.  Or their tools.  Or  the roof, the worker, and the tools.  It’s slightly disconcerting, to say the least.  We have a hard hat up here, but only one, which means too bad for J!  Actually no, I’m not wearing it either because that one’s even harder to explain away than the massive head set I’ve got on.  I thought they were headphones, but turns out to find them on Amazon you have to look under ear muffs, which I thought were a totally different thing.

Here, Bob, catch this tank of Nitro!

Here, Bob, catch this tank of Nitro!

Cause I am buying some of these for myself.  That’s because there are only two of these in the building.  Congrats – two people can save their hearing!  I am one of them because I borrowed them from downstairs.  I am sensitive to most noise, like staplers, especially the way some people (lookin’ at you J) use their staplers (ka-bam!).  So construction is like the atom bomb.

When I first borrowed the ear muffs, the workers decided to take a break.  Sort of like when you get the fly swatter, and suddenly there are no more flies.  But I found I liked them because they blocked out the noise of the heater which part of the time is on iceberg cold no matter the season, my typing, and other sounds I never realized were going on (people breathing, etc).  It’s like I’m in my own little happy cave.  Yes, I can hear voices – or at least know when someone is talking so I can take them off and help them. (darn patrons!)

I have almost as much focus as this baby now.

I have almost as much focus as this baby now.

This, in turn, calms some of my constant free-floating anxiety.  At least until the construction starts up again.  I can still hear that, but it’s not quite as excruciating.  You’d think after two infants and years of a Sony Walkman (if you don’t know what this is, shut up) turned way up that I’d have lost enough hearing already, but apparently not.  Nope, my senses are better than ever!  I also get colder than other people, and I smell stuff no one else smells, and I am allergic to the planet.  Maybe in cave man days I might have survived lions sneaking up on me, but then I’d have gone insane from the cicadas while trying to listen for possible lion feet.

In the jungle, the mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight

Aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtgggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh

He’s up, he’s up, go run!

OMG there are even lions in the SKYYYY!

OMG there are even lions in the SKYYYY!

Oh false alarm.  I’m safe here.

I think someone is cutting through the ceiling again.

Possibly.

Talk to you later.

I hope.

Alice

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10 responses

  1. Did you get into my weed, WT?
    Love the baby picture. I also hate noise.

  2. such noises can kill every nerve within a minute :o( I remember the walkman (yes I’m such an old berd) and I remember how much batteries I bought before I discovered rechargeable ones :o)

  3. My favorite is when they use the big damn drills. It sounds like being inside a giant’s mouth while a dentist fills cavities.

    1. That’s a pretty close approximation for it. I wonder if I can call in PTSD from the shelling effects tomorrow?

      1. Worth a shot I would think!

  4. They had rechargeable batteries back then?

  5. I wear headphones all day every day because the clatter of PC keyboards is quite possibly the most annoying sound on earth.

  6. Nice you’ve found something to tune out the noise. Those headphones can really help, but I’m such a tactile-sensitive person that they start to bother my ears if I wear them for too long. A few years back when I took the certification exam for public health, I used the pair they gave me. But they pinched my ears so bad it was difficult to concentrate. But when I took them off, I was greeted to the gum-chomping and key-tapping of my fellow test takers. So back on the headphones went. Of course, they were probably a cheap pair. A nice pair might not be so uncomfortable.

  7. Woah. I’m at work listening to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” right this moment. For reals. Freaky.

  8. I can agree with how frustrating construction sounds are. As well as other office sounds. Some bright spark gave someone with a hearing problem AND carpel tunnel syndrome a very clacky keyboard. I’m now incredibly glad I don’t have to share that office space any more – it sounded like an elephant trying to tap-dance on a hard surface. Keyboards are way too loud at the best of times, so that’s good that you’ve found a way to block some of the noise.

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