Noise Pollution At The Pump - 04/11/14

  I drive most days in total silence. I know that sounds weird not to have the stereo on, but the quiet is good for us sometimes.  It's therapeutic in a way.
   I pulled up to the gas station the other day and got out of my quiet car only to have the pump hollering at me.  I searched the gas pump up and down to see if it had a volume button.  It did not.  Some gal was blaring the latest news headlines, then some dude came on screaming the latest in the sporting world.  75% of us have smartphones with access  to this information 24/7 already.  I just don't want my gas pump hollering at me. 
   I was reading where noise pollution affects our health.  Yes, it actually does.  It's not just annoying, it can lead to high stress levels, tinnitus (ringing in the ears,) hypertension and more.  One source even used the word vasoconstriction.  I had to look that one up.  It means the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels.  This is what unwanted, loud noise does to us?   I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty scary.  And since I can't control the volume at the pump,  I'm going to invest in a good pair of earplugs. 
    When I do listen to music (and I do,) I'm going to continue to enjoy Eric Church's song Smoke A Little Smoke.  Don't hold it against me--- it's not the title I like--- I don't even smoke.   It's this one lyric that goes like this, "Turn the quiet up, turn the noise down."
    If you're feeling stressed, turn the quiet up, turn the noise down.  You just may be surprised how much it helps!  Shhhhhhh

 

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