Hey, it’s Saturday again. Time flies. I survived my first week of sound and silence blogging which started last week when my neighbor started his chain saw. Nobody put a gun at my head (yet). Maybe my neighbor and the farmer on the tractor did not discover this blog. If they would, they would find out that they are getting famous like hell. I am proud that I already got my first five WordPress fans. Yeah! Thank you for the support.
To my surprise, my fans are all over the planet – in Asia, Europe and the US. Cool. I already cover a 24h time zone! As a 53 year old (or young, that’s just how you look at it) it is still scary to see how fast one can reach out globally.
I remember calling the US was an adventure, when I was a kid living at my parent’s place in Antwerp. It was definitely not allowed for the kids to try such an expensive experiment. One week, my father went to New York on an architecture discovery trip, when he was in his early forties. At that time, I must have been about 10 or 12 years old. When he called home from a booth in NY, that was like a voice from heaven calling. “Kids, your dad calls from NY!”. What a feast. We told our whole family and friends about it, and they were fascinated that to discover they had a relative that had been calling from the US. Waw! They all raised their social ranking because they knew my father who went to New York. Today, we fly, call, read, click, order goods, offer services, … from and to everywhere on the planet. And we are only talking about some 30 years of technological evolution. I know, I am in the middle of it. But still, when you get unknown fans from the other side of the planet, that confrontation with the global village seems a little weird.
I also remember now from my father’s stories after he came back home, that he had a great time in New York, but that he hardly slept one night. “That city is so noisy. There are sirens all the night. Ambulances and police cars are all the time driving around, and making a hell of a noise. That noise gets into the hotel room, and I was not able to sleep at all in New York.” Add a jetlag to that experience, and it is logic that he slept a long time after he returned home. Today, many hotels have double glazing, but that is not really sufficient. What me now strikes most is that sound is still not regarded as a main attention point for city planning or in health considerations, after 30 years of technology evolution.
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