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I wish the commuter rail had a quiet car, like Amtrak. Usually there are a few people on cell phones, chatting about daily minutia or gossip. Occasional stifled arguments with an S.O. Sometimes a noisy sociopolitical discussion, usually with one domineering person who is not as smart as (s)he thinks (s)he is. This morning was the worst. For the first half of the ride, the woman across the aisle from me was practicing singing descending half-octave scales with some sort of mini tape recorder. She was really bad. She stopped when someone sat next to her, as if that was too close, but the rest of us 2 feet away had been fine. Almost as soon as she stopped, some guy behind me started going on and on about Amma. At first I thought he was on the phone, because he was the only one talking, but about 15 minutes into it, someone else got a word in edgewise. I had some foam earplugs in my bag, and put them in during the bad singing, but it didn't really help. I have my ipod sometimes, but I have to turn it up so loud to drown people out that it gives me a headache, and I need new headphones because the earbuds are uncomfortable. I tried apple's in-ear rubber earbuds, but those were even worse for me. I know I am a total misanthrope, but I wish everyone would just shut the hell up.

Date: 2007-07-19 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] termofart.livejournal.com
Some of the conductors will actually tell people to keep it the hell down. Some.

One fine morning though, the young lady sitting behind me blabbed (loudly! loudly!) into her cell phone about some man she was mad at.

I finally turned to look at her when I heard (and did not need to know) that it was apparently Jim, and not Brian, who had given her genital warts.

I don't think you're a misanthrope at all.

Date: 2007-07-19 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silentq.livejournal.com
Coby CV-191 Noise Canceling Headphones, $20 at http://www.frys.com (I'm pretty sure they were $15 in the store I found them in though). Ear buds hurt my ears, these headphones have made flying so much nicer, and I tend to put them on in departure lounges to drown out cell conversations as well. :)

Date: 2007-07-19 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bottleimp.livejournal.com
Silence is golden.

Amma Karunamayi?

Date: 2007-07-19 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saturniidae.livejournal.com
I believe so. I think Mata Amritanandamayi Devi mainly hugs people, right?

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