Does anyone else live smack in the middle of an extremely noisy, busy city? Anyone else ready to climb a clock tower with an AK-47?

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    May 03, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    Cuz I'm losing my mind having to wake up to jackhammers and steel beams being sawed in half every morning icon_mad.gif
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    May 03, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidCuz I'm losing my mind having to wake up to jackhammers and steel beams being sawed in half every morning icon_mad.gif


    Please tell me that's not NYC...
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    May 03, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    Noise pollution sucks. That's one of the main reasons I could never live in NYC - no matter how rich you are, you can't really get away from it.

    Maybe invest in a good pair of canalphones or noise-cancelling headphones?
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    May 03, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    MarkRoger said
    Ariodante saidCuz I'm losing my mind having to wake up to jackhammers and steel beams being sawed in half every morning icon_mad.gif


    Please tell me that's not NYC...


    It's not, I live in Mexico.
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    May 03, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    Wow you guys make it sound awful, guess I'm just used to being in quiet nowhere-ville.
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    May 03, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    It's not, I live in Mexico.


    Tropical cities are worst...they always building stuff. That's how it was when I was living in Miami. And then, you have the nighttime noise...

    Nowadays, I'm only about 1/2 a mile from a mountain so it's pretty quiet up here LOL.
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    May 03, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    Yeah, I live downtown. Not in a huge city, but that also means the white noise level isn't as high.

    Church bells are my most hated because 3 churches ring them nearby EVERY MORNING twice before 8am. It's so needless in this day and age. There are garbage trucks beeping almost daily, and car alarms and sirens too.

    I can block most of it out by closing my windows, but the radiators here are way too hot, and at bedtime, I'm faced with
    a) cool room but noises waking me up all the time
    b) peace & quiet but waking up sweating
    c) uncomfortable earplugs with windows open.

    Why do they need to start construction at 7am? Would anyone on earth complain if they started at 8am or 9am? Any person at all?

    Still, I like it better than when I lived with a bush next to my bedroom window where fucking sparrows would chirp incessantly and monotonously early a.m. until late evening. If I could have detonated a sparrow bomb that would wipe out the whole population in our town (thousands), I'd have done it almost daily.

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    May 03, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    sleep with earplugs. I've been doing it for years, first in downtown San Jose and now in downtown Orlando
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    May 03, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    I honestly wear ear plugs when I sleep. . .
    nothing will wake me up, except an alarm clock next to my bed.

    Love it. When I put them in, everything else tunes out and it's complete and utter silence...so much so I can hear my own heart beat.
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    May 03, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Tallathlete24 said
    Ariodante said
    It's not, I live in Mexico.


    Tropical cities are worst...they always building stuff. That's how it was when I was living in Miami. And then, you have the nighttime noise...


    And less insulation in the walls, and windows more likely to be open...
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    May 03, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    Come and stay with me, it's nice and quiet here in the sticks - nothing but the sounds of crickets chirping and the leaves rustling in the gentle breeze.
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    May 03, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    Tallathlete24 said
    Ariodante said
    It's not, I live in Mexico.


    Tropical cities are worst...they always building stuff. That's how it was when I was living in Miami. And then, you have the nighttime noise...

    Nowadays, I'm only about 1/2 a mile from a mountain so it's pretty quiet up here LOL.
    I just stayed with my boyfriend on Sobe a couple weeks ago. By the end of my stay (6 days) I told him there's no way I could live in his place permanently because the noise never stopped...24/7.
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    May 03, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    Ear plugs prevent the use of an alarm clock for me. I slept through a fire drill once, and it's CRAZY loud.

    What I sometimes do is put an earplug in one ear, and sleep with my other ear to the pillow. If I wake up at night due to sound, I just flop back over. It's a decent compromise.
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    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidEar plugs prevent the use of an alarm clock for me. I slept through a fire drill once, and it's CRAZY loud.

    What I sometimes do is put an earplug in one ear, and sleep with my other ear to the pillow. If I wake up at night due to sound, I just flop back over. It's a decent compromise.
    When it's noisy, I'll use the alarm on my phone and put it on vibrate, then tape it to my chest. It's a little uncomfortable for the first few minutes, but it definitely works when it's time to wake up.
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    May 03, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhen it's noisy, I'll use the alarm on my phone and put it on vibrate, then tape it to my chest. It's a little uncomfortable for the first few minutes, but it definitely works when it's time to wake up.


    I wish my vibrator had an alarm function. icon_confused.gif
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    May 03, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidWhen it's noisy, I'll use the alarm on my phone and put it on vibrate, then tape it to my chest. It's a little uncomfortable for the first few minutes, but it definitely works when it's time to wake up.


    I wish my vibrator had an alarm function. icon_confused.gif
    Mine does. It lets me know when someone is looking in the window. icon_eek.gif
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    May 03, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    I do not. In fact my drive way is about 1,500 feet long and the only house close to me is still give or take 1 mile away. My house is not in visable from any place but the air unless you are on my ground during any time of the year.

    It's ultra quiet,not even aircraft traffic is heard except a few time a month.

    Sounds like you need a vacation....to my house!
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    May 03, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidCuz I'm losing my mind having to wake up to jackhammers and steel beams being sawed in half every morning icon_mad.gif

    Yeah, that whole freedom of choice thing is a bitch, eh?
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    May 03, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
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    Ariodante saidCuz I'm losing my mind having to wake up to jackhammers and steel beams being sawed in half every morning icon_mad.gif

    Yeah, that whole freedom of choice thing is a bitch, eh?


    bitter tangent much


    Anyway, I'm just south of San Diego so I'm pretty far away from the tropics, but this city's had an exponential population growth over the past decade and there is massive construction everywhere around me.
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    May 03, 2012 10:17 PM GMT

    I'm ok with most noise associated with choosing to live in an urban neighborhood except for one - Car horn used as a doorbell. I could bludgeon those people to death. It seems to be getting better now that people realize they can just use their phones to announce their arrival.
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    May 03, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    Unhappy urban dogs are also the bane of my existence. Seriously who sticks an AUSTRALIAN SHEEPDOG in a tiny little patio. It's just 24 hours of WHOOOOOOF, WHOOOOOOOOOOF, WHOOOOOOOOOOOOF, WHOOOOOOOOOOF.
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    May 03, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I have 2 major freeways within about 10 blocks of my apartment, add in a train track 1 block away. I've actually gotten used to the sounds and the trains sound like rain haha, peaceful actually.
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    May 03, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    I'm in a residential neighborhood in Northwest DC, and its normally pretty quiet, but the large apartment building across the street has a dysfunctional fire alarm system. At least once a month--usually in the middle of the night--the street between our two buildings is filled with loud and bright fire trucks responding to a false alarm. It's amazing to me that they cannot fix it, since it never happens in my building. icon_sad.gif
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    May 03, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    When I lived in Paris, I lived facing the main garage for the city busses. Every morning at 4:30 it was ROOOOOOAAAR, PISSSSSH...ROAAAAR, as they pulled out of the terminal. I lived on the eighth floor and my bed shook. Life in the big city...
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    May 03, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Come and live with me.