Noise Pollution

16 March 2008 · 4 comments

It’s one o’clock on Sunday afternoon. I’m working on a long-delayed post for Get Rich Slowly about my fears over becoming a full-time blogger. This post has been weeks in coming, and I think I’m finally getting it.

I’ve got my radio tuned to the dance music station to give me a constant beat in the background. I’m focused on my writing.

Except Kris is listening to her weekly “Car Talk” podcast in her office. Argh! The noise pollution! Over everything, I can hear the maniacal duck-like laughter of the Magliozzi brothers.

Quack quack quack quack quack.

(Kris loves “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”. These two programs are broadcast back-to-back from 10am to noon on Saturday mornings on our public radio station. If she misses them for some reason, she downloads the free podcasts from iTunes. I think “Wait Wait” is pretty funny, but “Car Talk” drives me nuts.)

1 Red March 16, 2008 at 16:21

First off, those are both great shows.

Secondly, I really sympathize with you here. I find it so hard to focus when there’s background noise in the house, but then, my girlfriend definitely has a right to be there doing whatever she wants in her leisure time. Even if that thing is currently Viva Pinata on the Xbox 360. My inability to focus w/background noise is what the 1990s would call a “personal problem”.

I’ve had a several month long battle where I’ve been trying to justify the Audio-Technica noise canceling headphones. Definitely worth checking out if you’re going to be working at home, would it qualify as a business expense?

I’ve tried these and the Bose Qc3. Both are pure bliss, but at 1/3 the price, the Audio-Technica’s are just as good in my short sampling.

But they’re still $120 plus tax&shipping, which is a lot when I have several pairs of perfectly good headphones lying around.

2 Paul J. March 16, 2008 at 20:47

J.D.,

AJ and I both agree with you about Cah Tahk. We can’t turn it off quickly enough when we hear it.

3 Kris March 17, 2008 at 06:30

Car Talk is definitely not for the faint of heart!

4 The Macaw Whisperer March 18, 2008 at 15:58

NPR is noise pollution…

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