Noise Pollution

A few years ago, I went to a conference in Madison, WI. There was a lovely convention center by a lake and I went up to the roof to eat lunch; they had a few benches there. I was surprised at how empty it was (glorious day, lovely lake view) until…..BRRRRRRR….there came a worker with one of those back pack leaf blowers. One could barely hear themselves think; no wonder the roof was empty.

I don’t know what their leaf blowing schedule was, but it was clear that the area was unusable while it was going on.

Then I thought about my own neighborhood. The most peaceful summer days are the rainy ones; on those one merely has to tolerate the occasional Stanley Steemer. On the sunny days, one gets power mowers, left blowers and other obnoxious machines. Forget about using your porch to read.

What makes my neighborhood a bit worse is its construction. The houses are so perfectly aligned that there are sound channels; for example, if your neighbor is having a normal voice conversation on their porch across the street, you can hear them, word for word, inside your living room. It is almost as if our living room has a parabolic microphone…one that I do not want.

Ok, I am making excuses for not reading. I went up into a quiet bedroom to try to read…and fell asleep. Pathetic. šŸ™‚

Workout notes: morning: weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10; first one sucked; rest were strong), goblet squats (45-45-50-55-60-65-70-75), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military (seated) 18 x 50 (ran out of gas), standing: 10 x 45, 10 x 40. Rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm), 10 x 110 machine. abs: 2 sets of twist crunch (12), 2 sets of yoga leg lifts (10), 3 sets of 10 moving bridge, headstand.

Then 5K outside in 46:30 (walk); got dive bombed by a red winged blackbird. I hate those things.
Later: super slow 5K walk with Barbara.


May 29, 2017 - Posted by | social/political, walking, weight training | ,

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