cell rings

hockey night of canada theme. scooby-doo song. another unidentifiable, but equally annoying, ring-tone.

listening to people’s cell rings drives me mad. it is like being aware of the muzak around you while you walk through the mall. like hearing a really awful version of a beloved song.

i think what is most irritating is how other people’s phones demand your attention and break your concentration. a fridge, for instance, produces a subtle and predictable form of noise that you can get used to. a sudden burst of classical music from a phone destroys your thought process and becomes an annoyance.

even more annoying are the smug owners who let their phones ring several times because they like the sound of their cool new ring tones, and think we should all be impressed.