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White Noise
Author: Raine    Date: 03/26/2020 13:01:36

It's so quiet and yet so loud.

We live inside the 'beltway' Just inside. On normal days, it hums. The small planes buzz over from the nearby College Park airport. Helicopters fly overhead as we live in a flight pattern to and from Joint Base Andrews. In the mornings I usually hear the either the Metro or MARC leaving the Greenbelt station. They are the normal and nonintrusive sounds from living in a metro area. I love the sounds of industry as it mingles with the notes that the birds sing.

Growing up on Long Island and later living in the Hudson Valley, I have always felt oddly comforted by that sort of hum, especially trains. When I moved to Atlanta, that sound was there again, the freight trains. Later when we moved to Virginia we lived so close to National Airport that I could hear the planes gearing up for early morning flight. It was especially comforting. When we moved to Maryland instead of planes, this time it was the hum of the beltway and (like the other places I lived) the cumulation of white noise from the overall metro area.

Yesterday I noticed that the cars and trucks circling around our nation's capitol seem especially loud. Loud enough to distract me, which was odd. That normally something that is just there and not really distracting. And then it occurred to me. Everything is shut down.

There is so little normal urban-suburban nouse pollution (for lack of a better term) that the only sound are the vehicles on the road. And the birds. The birds are singing as much as ever.

I want things to sound normal again.

and

Raine


 

16 comments (Latest Comment: 03/26/2020 16:33:21 by TriSec)
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Comment by BobR on 03/26/2020 13:28:09
In the absence of all other noise, the sound of a pin drop rings like a mighty bell

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2020 13:31:44
i got nothin' today. Gonna hit my martinis for brunch at this rate.




Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2020 13:38:44
Morning

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2020 13:44:18
Ya know, there's not much trolley work I can do remotely. (They won't like me driving tours in my neighborhood.)

But unfortunately, our technology is mired in the late 1990s at best. I can only access email via a browser, and limited functionality at that. Fortunately I had a laptop I could bring home, but there's many in my office that have been working with obsolete desktops and have no way to access files remotely.

This is going to be addressed at some point; we were moving to new headquarters on or about June 30, with a brand-new purpose built proper network, but whether or not that happens now is anyone's guess.



Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/26/2020 14:28:07
Good morning, bloggers!!! I hope that everyone is well as can be under the circumstances.

I have some more yard work before I reach out to a couple of students. Many students in my district do not have internet access or computers. This may be a lost semester for the kids in poor school districts.



Comment by Raine on 03/26/2020 14:32:43
Quote by BobR:
In the absence of all other noise, the sound of a pin drop rings like a mighty bell

That's really profound.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/26/2020 14:44:41
The National Cathedral has donated 5,000 masks it had in storage to Georgetown University Hospital and Children's National Hospital.

Let us take comfort in good news and good deeds in dark times.

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2020 15:09:28
Well, I have watched more movies this last week than I have all last year.



Comment by livingonli on 03/26/2020 15:26:34
Has anyone seen the Seth Meyers postings on Facebook. He's been doing his bits from home.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2020 15:43:10
Quote by livingonli:
Has anyone seen the Seth Meyers postings on Facebook. He's been doing his bits from home.



Are they any good? I'm usually watching something paranormal at that time of night :)


Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2020 15:44:46
Seen moments ago on facebook:

Maybe we should start calling it "Covid-45"?

Also, "Can we call MAGA hats Chinese hats? After all, that's where they come from!"



Comment by livingonli on 03/26/2020 16:13:41
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli:
Has anyone seen the Seth Meyers postings on Facebook. He's been doing his bits from home.



Are they any good? I'm usually watching something paranormal at that time of night :)

They are pretty good for bits being done from home. And he gets some good shots at Dolt45.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2020 16:14:50
So I don't understand how the Trashhole is getting a bump out of this. He's purposely lying daily to our faces, but his job approval is going up? WTF?

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2020 16:15:43
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli:
Has anyone seen the Seth Meyers postings on Facebook. He's been doing his bits from home.



Are they any good? I'm usually watching something paranormal at that time of night :)

They are pretty good for bits being done from home. And he gets some good shots at Dolt45.



I'll have to check it out if its on youtube - kind of stopped watching most of those shows a bit ago.

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2020 16:33:21
Leave it to the av-dork. An hour plus of blissful jetliner noise.