While we are on the subject of cell phones on the rise in public places as my friend Susannah posted on her blog earlier this week, I also have an issue.
On our way to Troy today we stopped to get a quick bite to eat. There were a few customers sitting at booths eating quietly. The place wasn’t full by a long shot. We got our meal and sat in a booth by a window.
Suddenly I could hear a man speaking very loudly. Yes, it was louder than necessary, being spoken very fast, and sounding like gibberish, as all foreign languages sound to me. I’ve often wondered when we speak in our native tongue if the English language sounds like that to others who don’t understand it. I don’t believe I talk that fast.
The foreign language being spoken wasn’t the real issue here. Actually, I think he was speaking Spanish. I am illiterate in Spanish and any foreign language except Pig Latin and even that is questionable.
So this guy is sitting by himself waaaay over on the other side of the restaurant having lunchtime conversation that I hoped wasn’t intimate. I’ll never know.
I know this was a fast-food establishment, but should that matter? I’m sure there were some patrons who could understand him and I seriously don’t think he was saying anything he didn’t want heard. But it was annoying and he talked louder than necessary the entire thirty minutes we were there.
I believe this falls into the catagory of crying babies in resturants. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ll probably get slammed for this post as non-caring for babies and foreigners.
I love babies. I had five myself and now there are eleven grand babies! Sometimes babies belong at home snuggled in their cribs late at night instead of vying for their parents attention over the din of resturant ambience. There are also lovely foreigners in my past, present, and future.
H thinks I should just ignore it. Tune it out. His hearing isn’t so good…How do you tune out loudness as though it is a tv turned sky high?
Everyone is tethered to their cell phones these days, even without the cord, and I’m just as guilty as the person next to me. Can you imagine what the decibel level would have been if one or two or even three other people had followed this mans example at the same time and place?
There is a time and place for phone conversationsthat won’t be annoying to others. Another issue is we ignore others while paying more attention to our phones.
Oops! I just wrote this post on my phone while traveling with H driving. I told you I was guilty!