An old man came up and said "young lady!", so I took out one of the earphones and turned to speak to him.
The man was British, and very nice - he first let me know that he wasn't a weirdo, and owned a local business that I recognized. He just wanted to find out why a "lovely young lady" (gosh, thanks mister!) like me needed to keep those darn things in my ears all the time. Didn't I hear about the girl in Port Credit who couldn't hear the train coming and was sadly killed?
Yes, I did. But I explained that I enjoy my walks with my dog, and like having some background music to make them that much better. It's never overly loud, I can hear everything around me - birds chirping, kids playing, cars going by... As I pointed out to him, "I heard you when you spoke to me, didn't I?" He laughed.
|I must ponder the volume of my music. Nope, not loud enough.|
He said I should just listen to nature, unless I was listening to opera. For some reason, that was ok.
"What are you listening to? Is it opera?" he asked.
"Umm... it's a band called the Deftones." I answered, just as Chino decided to scream through the earphones dangling around my neck. Such timing.
"Bah", the man said. "Well, you have a wonderful day, young lady."
"You too!" I said as I put the earphones back in my ears. And though it was a particularly heavy song, I could still hear that old man whistling as he walked away.
So, what are your views on the subject? Are earphones dangerous, or do you wear them everywhere? And if you're always listening to music (like me), is it always quiet enough to hear what's going on around you?
I require your opinions, cuz we're friends 'n stuff 'n junk.
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