Thursday, January 14, 2010


I have to apologize for the lack of entries this week. I haven't been feeling well since Monday - some kind of cold or other virus that has me feeling yucky and wanting to sleep or just curl up in bed all day.

I have made a few interesting observations this week, though. For example, when I am sick, I sleep easier with my hearing aids in than out. No, really. Normally I have to have them out to sleep. Besides being better for the aids and giving them some time in the Dry & Store, I need silence to sleep. I guess I've been conditioned like one of Pavlov's dogs on that account. But when I'm sick? I can easily drift off with the television or music playing. I guess it gives me something to focus on.

Secondly, I never realized before just how easy it is to understand old movies. Put a modern movie on the television in front of me without captions or subtitles and I guess I'd catch maybe 60% of the dialogue depending on the movie. But those old black and white films from the thirties and forties? Jeez, every word is crisp and clear. I noticed that this week with one such old movie (no idea which one it was) on in the living room as I dozed off in the bedroom. Even one room apart I could easily hear the dialogue and it wasn't all that loud. It must be thanks to the "mid-Atlantic English" accent actors back then had.

Well, that's it for now. I hope I've beaten this bug for good!

1 comment:

  1. The modern use (overuse, in my estimation) of dramatic music and "realism" ambient sounds (street noise for instance) in movies now contributes to the problem. Old movies had little or none of these where music was more often used to punctuate and not overlap dialogue.


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