Living in a house with three loud children who don’t understand the concept of an “inside voice” or volume buttons on electronics, I have managed to perfect my noise cancellation skills with virtual earplugs. This enables me to concentrate on reading a book while Lady Gaga blasts from one door, game sounds burst from another, and little one sings to Dora at the top of her lungs.
Tuning out the world has become my specialty.
If only I could sell this invisible technology!
Today I realized that can actually be a bad thing when I had a mishap in the grocery store parking lot.
Loading groceries into the car, I was daydreaming about cooking a real meal tonight.
All of the sudden I heard a car alarmI hit the lock and then the unlock button on my keys thinking it was me. The alarm continued. Complicated coding and computer work doesn’t phase me, but hand me a simple device like a car remote, and I’m all flustered.
I looked over and saw another car flashing and beeping. Phew! It’s not me.
An elderly woman was in the car next to mine waiting for someone. Upset at all the noise, she gave me a hateful look, so I returned it with a “it’s not me” and continued loading the car.
Turning to walk back to my car, I suddenly realized the alarm was still blaring. See virtual earplugs totally ROCK!
The owner of the other car was standing there staring at me with the internationally recognizable facial expression “Don’t you know it is YOU?!!??”
When I unknowingly hit the alarm button on my car, a chain reaction was set off that could have possibly altered the future of mankind…or it just caused the other lady to think it was her, causing her to set her alarm off, making it a deafening two car alarm blast, and annoying the elderly lady next to me.
Total time to figure out it WAS me? At least four minutes.
*Shrugs* Virtual earplugs don’t come with volume controls.