Saturday, 27 July 2019

Certain sounds bother my ears (and there is a name for this condition)

Many sounds bother  (and even hurt) my ears. 

That being the case I never watch T.V.  for fear of the shrieking and shouting in the commercials;  I rarely listen to classical music in my home or on the car radio ***; and when I listen to public radio in my car I am for ever turning the noise off  -  it bothers my ears.

I am more than bothered by the noise of lawn mowers, grass trimmers and edgers, and especially leaf blowers.

My local friends know that I cringe at the sounds of noisy restaurants; loud conversations;  souped up cars and  motor bikes;  and modified Dodge Ram, Ford F series, and G.M. super trucks.

More than my discomfort at loud public sounds, I am deeply bothered and made very uncomfortable by high musical notes and sounds.  I'd made a guess that any notes higher than the E above top C were bothersome.   I tested this with any on line key board and my guess was more or less accurate.

So Baroque era  music  *** is problematic with its soaring and high trumpet, violin and flute sounds.

Cellos, Bassoons and French Horns work well for me!

In the days when I attended Church regularly I would often sit with my dear (and now departed) Anno and Adrian Swain.  They sat very near the choir gallery in our almost "in the round" building.

Once a month the Church  hand bell choir would play.  When I saw that the hand bell  choir was "on", I'd have to forsake Adrian and Anno and sit as far away from the bells as was possible. 

I knew that the sound of hand bells bothered my ears greatly, but I did not know why.

Now I know that this aversions to certain sounds, and a somewhat painful reaction  is not a foible of my mind, it is a genuine physical condition called Hyperacusis.  See this:

There was  story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune  (26th July 2019) about hyperacusis.  The story helped my to understand that hyperacusis is real  - though thankfully in my case it is nowhere near as acute as that of the woman in the story.

Here is a link to the article:

Friday, 26 July 2019

The Discovery That Changed the World

The Discovery that ruined the world by becoming  an earth and air killer.

An earth and air killer which has me in its evil grips, for I, for sure, would find it next to impossible to live a 2019 life in a major urban area with inadequate public transportation.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

An Ark or a Tent?

Is your home, or your Church/Synagogue/ Islamic Centre, or your social group, or your nation, an Ark or a Tent?

Supposed re-creation of the mythical Noah's Ark.


Bedouin Tent.


In the August 2019 edition of  the  "The Jewish News of Sarasota/Manatee" (Florida),  Mr. Howard Tevlowitz, CEO of the Sarasota/Manatee Jewish Federation has this to say.

"Let's look at two biblical personalities - Abraham and Noah -  and how they addressed challenges during their times when there was a lot of uncertainty.

Abraham was able to find an approach and a world view that enabled him to be Av Hamon Goyim, the father of many nations.

Noah, when faced with turmoil and crisis, built an ark which sheltered his family and his future.

Abraham was known for an open tent where he invited others for shelter and respite".


Thank you Mr. Howard Tevlowitz for your wisdom!  I am a Christian who favours Abraham's open tent over Noah's sheltering ark!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A wee bit of humour via my friend Arthur L


I have one of these coming up  (jmp)

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Go West Old Man (but not too far!).

This morning, acting on a whim, I drove with Zion across the Bay on the Ringling Bridge,  to the westernmost parts of the City of Sarasota - St. Armands Key, Lido Key, and City Island.

Many Sarasotans (and tourists) know City Island 'cause the Mote Marine complex is located there (as well as the Salty Dog Cafe!).

Few have visited and enjoyed the City owned and maintained "Ken Thompson Park"at the eastern tip of City Island.

It's another one of Sarasota's (almost) hidden jewels.  Zion and I enjoyed it this morning.

By the way, as I drove west on the Ringling Bridge I looked south and saw a water spout in the Gulf of Mexico, off Siesta Key.  

One does not stop on the Ringling Bridge for photo' opps (!) but I bet that there will be a photo' or two in tomorrow's paper.


That apart, this is what Zion and I enjoyed this morning.

South towards Bird Key 1

South, towards Bird Key 2

A bit out of focus, but that adds to the charm

Looking towards the Condo's a wee bit north and west of the Ringling Bridge

South, with the Ringling Bridge in the background

East, looking t'wards the mainland

What a gorgeous park

Looking south

A wee boat. Storm clouds in the air

Monday, 22 July 2019

Peas in a Pod




Self referential



Easily flattered  

Easily conned

Sexually undisciplined

Surrounded by sycophants

Narrowly visioned, and therefore woefully ignorant of the wider world. 


D.T. is unaware that Puerto Ricans are Spanish speaking American citizens.  

B.J most likely has next to no deep understanding that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are part of the United Kingdom.



Sunday, 21 July 2019

More silliness (via my brother Dave)


The alternate spelling of the word 'argument' in British English, as with 'judgment' and 'judgement'.  (from the Urban Dictionary)