Next to my apartment is a parking lot. A loud noise of a car engine without a muffler woke me up early in the morning today. Sick people who enjoy driving a car without an engine muffler and with a booming car stereo are increasing here. I was able to go back to sleep but then the neighbor kids’ voice disturbed my sleep again.
The window of my room looks out on the front yard of a neighbor’s house. Kids and idle housewives were playing and talking loudly. Kids are my archenemies. They relentlessly attack me with their evil, highpitched voices and shrieks. When I first moved in here, there were few houses around. But soon, more and more houses were built, more families were moving in, and I got surrounded by kids.
Every time I move somewhere quiet, the area quickly gets booming and kids are running everywhere destroying my cozy living environment. Now that I’ve decided to move, the destination should be someplace quiet, kids-free, bugs free, and hopefully, people-free…
Last Sunday, a gunning engine noise from the parking lot beneath my
apartment woke my partner up early in the morning. It was loud enough to
be mistaken for a construction noise, but the culprit was a middle-aged
man who was gunning his standing minibike. He seemed to enjoy the noise
immensely and kept on the disturbance for a good fifteen minutes. Then,
there approached a car from which a man said something to him.
Considering the time and the noisiness, my partner reckoned that should
be a complaint. To his surprise though, it was a compliment on the
minibike and the middle-aged man elatedly showed it off. Not everybody
takes that loud noise as a disturbance. Such situations have constantly
fallen on to me. When I’m tormented with shrieking kids at a restaurant,
other customers often seem pleasant for it. I like to shop at a quiet,
empty place while others purposely choose a crowded, thronged place. Is
it some kind of a punishment to coexist with humans who have totally
opposite values? Or, is it for learning anything from it? Although I
hate noisy people and I always make noise as little as possible, I may
offend someone with something other than noise. That would explain why
people don’t like me so much…