What Passes for Quiet

There’s some kind of construction going on in my corner of the city today.

I’ve been hearing the buzz of an electric drill, the uneven taps of what sounds like a hammer, and the occasional, jarring thud of stuff being dropped.

So much for a peaceful day of writing.

After a decade in the city, I’ve learned to tune out the faraway sounds of traffic.  If this racket kept going for a few weeks, I’d probably get used to it. Right now my ears perk up every time they hear it, though.

I’d love to see what they’re working on. It sounds like quite a big project.

How do you tune out background noise when you’re working on something? Or do you like hearing certain things when you’re concentrating? What sounds have your ears adjusted to that other people might find distracting?




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