[LMB] Noise

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Fri Nov 13 19:10:54 GMT 2020


Gayle especially needs background noise from a fan or our noise machine to sleep.

Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.
William A Wenrich
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Subject: Re: [LMB] Noise

I just read this article:

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Here’s a paragraph:

These cultural differences in atmospheres are hard to explain to outsiders, but it’s clear that culture influences our expectations for the indoors. When I check in to a hotel room, my first mission is to turn off the fan on the air conditioning and unplug the mini-fridge, because the noise from these will keep me from sleeping. Many of my German colleagues have the same approach—which I learned from them—while most Americans don’t give this background noise a second thought. Our culture isn’t sensitive to noise from appliances and equipment, it’s just the background sound of being indoors.


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