“I hate the whimpering of a baby with a fever,” says one woman.
“I hate the sound of my husband’s electric saw,” says another.
A third detests, “Jackhammers and subway brakes.”
When it was my turn, I say that I shudder at the sound a copy machine makes just before the lights flash to indicate that it’s jammed.
“Is it really that grating?” asks someone who’s obviously been shielded from encounters with office equipment.
“No,” I reply. “It’s just that the noise represents the sucking away of my time. A task that should have taken seconds to complete will now be minutes if I’m lucky, and two days and $100 if I’m unlucky.”
“Oh,” she says, “that’s probably like when the toilet backs up.”
Yes, yes it is.