Hi gang, Craig with you again today. I want to talk about some new-to-me tech that you might appreciate, too. But first, I’m going to walk you in the long way, like I usually do.
Men in my family have a specific hearing problem that seems to show up as we get older. We can hear a pin drop as long as everything else is quiet. Add some kind of noise, and all bets are off. One of my worst is a running sink. There is also a bit of my ability to concentrate in this tale. We’ll start off by meeting Frankie.
She is the cutest bulldog ever, but she’s like several dogs wrapped up in one package. She’s the fearsome Rottweiler on the other side of the door. She’s a competitive barker when her friend wants to run the fence out back, or the squirrel steps into the yard. She also possesses this high pitched bark that could shatter glass. That’s the one that matters to this story.
Her brother, Otto, is more laid back. Whatever I’m working on is fine by him.
Add to this mix the fact that my wife never met a game show, or reality show, she didn’t like. What all this means is that I don’t stand a chance of doing anything on weekday evenings.
Frankie insists upon playing bones all night long. (Refer to the picture.) She encourages this by using her high-pitched bark. I play with her, but there’s no stopping her until bed time. (She’s a bulldog.)
In summary, I don’t stand a snowball’s chance of reading, writing, editing, or even basic blogging until the weekends.
Then my wife surprised me with a pair of noise cancelling headphones. These things have been around for a while, but I’ve never had any experience with them. They do a lot more than I need them to, like access Alexa, take phone calls, and more. What matters to me is they cancel noise.
Mine have settings to adjust the level of cancellation. On the highest setting, Frankie sounds like she’s down the street somewhere. The television disappears completely. On writing mornings, the landscapers beyond my fence simply vanish.
Their musical sound is incredible, and I have been enjoying that. Because they pair with my phone and iPad at the same time, I’ve been playing ambient noise some evenings while I work. Refer to this post.
I can read and write in the evenings now. I can even concentrate and retain what I’m reading. I made some ambient loops, like Good Liniment to go with the story I’ve been working on, and it works well. Simple nature sounds are great for reading, and I can do it while reality television and Frankie are trying to distract me.
I still take breaks to play bones, but it’s nice being able to go back and read a chapter in between.
They come in headphones, earbuds and probably other configurations. Mine just happen to be headphones.
If you’re interested, I’d consider waiting for Prime day, or the whole Black Friday fiasco. There are likely better deals then.
Like all things, they might not work for you. They really work for me.