May 5, 2006

It's For You

It's not just me! It's not just me!

You know when you turn off the shower and you think you hear the phone ringing? Or you're listening to a song and you hear your cell phone going off, but it's not? It's real.
This story says so. And if I read it in the New York Times, it must be true, right? I mean just because they couldn't hear Stephen Colbert speaking doesn't mean they can't hear phantom cell phones...but I digress.

This ringing thing makes me crazy. Almost as crazy as the lady in the ad for ringing in the ears, the one that comes on during Jeopardy! where she says all her lines like she's on fire. But again, I digress.

Initially I thought it was a just a continuation of the old 'watched pot never boils' syndrome. I would be delaying taking a shower until I'd received a call I was expecting. Only the call wouldn't come until I was in the shower. It was waiting.

Same with deliveries, emails, visitors - anything. But it has gotten worse over the last few years, and now I know why. It's not a timing thing, it's some subconscious part of my brain that is internalizing notes. And apparently I can hear these notes in running water, music, trucks roaring past and kettles boiling.

I knew I had a problem with CBS (crowded brain syndrome), from PIN numbers to passwords. But now with random sounds bashing at my synapses, I know there are just too many players on the bench.


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