A few weeks ago I was riding with a friend in his car, a 2000 Lexus something or other. It’s a nice car, very quiet; not much noise makes it to the cabin from the road. At one point in the ride we’re chatting, talking normally, when all of a sudden he gets a phone call.
“Hello?” he says at what seems to be the top of his lungs. He continues, “Hey, buddy! How are you?… Yeah… Hey, that’s awesome. Listen, I was talking to…”
As he’s talking I figure something must be going on with either the phone, the road, or the person at the other side of the conversation because his voice is getting increasingly louder… and louder… And Louder With Every… WITH EVERY SENTENCE. It wasn’t too long before I simply had to cover my ears, just so I wouldn’t go deaf.
If this had been an isolated incident then I would simply presume that maybe there was something wrong with the cell phone. Or maybe the cell phone was just that good. After all, the car was very quiet, even though we were driving at almost 80mph down an asphalt road. But this wasn’t the first time I heard this person do this. I’d heard him do it indoors, outdoors, in cars, in soundproof anechoic chambers — everywhere.
Here’s what really gets me: he’s not the first person I’ve seen do this. Other friends have done it, I’ve seen family do it, and of course, I’ve seen total strangers doing it. Did I ever tell you about the time I overheard someone’s conversation two cars away?
Seriously, what’s the deal? Do these people believe that they have to talk louder on a cell phone because the receiver on it sucks? Do they normally only talk to almost-deaf people? Or do they just assume that since there are no wires you have to talk louder so your voice carries through the air? It’s like the kid who, after seeing all the other kids with cups and strings, “phoning” each other, brings two cups and and calls it a cell. “How does the sound go across?” the teacher asks. The kid gives a cup to her and yells into the other, “LIKE THIS!”
*Urgh* Anyway, that’s the end of my short rant. Sorry, but I had to get this out. Maybe it’s a Florida thing and you won’t be able to relate. You know, the whole old-people-crawling-here-to-grow-older-and-die phenomenon. Any readers in Arizona? You probably know exactly what I’m talking about.