I have to read in complete and utter silence.
No background noise. Zero.
I am able to read on airplanes as long as everyone sitting in any proximity to me just so happens to be quiet. And by quiet I mean no talking, chewing, humming, etc. I may or may not have been known to ask those around me to lower the sound on in their earphones (this might be one of the most annoying sounds on the planet, by the way).
I can read while getting my nails done as long as the music in the salon is turned way down and is instrumental. Someone on their cell phone next to me? Forget about it! (Side note…FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP TALKING ON YOUR CELL PHONE AT SALONS! 2 weeks ago while receiving a lovely pedicure, I was forced to listen to the lady next to me on her cell phone ordering her dinner from a Thai restaurant. She asked the person on the other end of the line to describe each dish on the menu before making her final selection. Not exactly the peaceful salon experience I was hoping for although I did learn a great deal about Thai spices.)
I really hate when salons have televisions playing because I can’t read with them on! I know there are people out there who have the ability to read while a television is on in the background but clearly I am not one of those people. HOW???
I need 100 percent, complete silence to concentrate on anything. I wish I could read or concentrate on anything with a bit of noise…I would be able to read on so many more occasions!
I have been like this for my entire life. I’m an only child and my house was always so blissfully quiet while growing up…I loved quiet then and I continue to love it now. If you watched my Disney World video, you know that I also need silence to fall asleep! Whenever I had to study for anything, silence was the only way. When I took my ACT test in high school, I brought cough drops with me even though I wasn’t the least bit sick. I wanted to be prepared in case anyone around me was sick so I could diffuse the distractions (side note…the guy next to me had the worst cough and was super thankful for my foresight, lol) . When I saw Hamiltion last fall, I offered my water to the lady in the row front of me who couldn’t stop coughing. WHY do I always seem to be surrounded by unhealthy, annoying people?!?
Both of our local libraries have “Silent Reading Rooms” where you aren’t ALLOWED to talk AND they have fireplaces. So basically it’s my personal version of heaven. I have spent many blissful hours reading in those lovely, silent rooms. Perfection.
So tell me….how do you read? Complete silence or with background noise? If you do read with background noise, how do you tune it out so that you can concentrate??? Please teach me your tricks! I would SO love to be able to do that!
Until then, I’ll be the one glaring at you on the airplane as you loudly pop your gum…
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