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April 13, 2011

Noise and more noise

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 1:00 pm

PROBLEM:

I have very sensitive hearing, which is getting worse as I grow older–I have hearing damage now in the range outside of human hearing. So sound enters my head as pain instead of just sound. And when I have the sound headache, any sound just makes it worse.

OUTSIDE:

The sound is entering from my neighbor’s yard as he revs a truck about 15 feet away at 3 am – 3:15 am, 6 am – 6:30 am, and 4 pm – 4:15 pm and 5:30 pm every day, including Saturdays.

The sound is entering from the street as kids go by with massive boomboxes in their stereo cars. This emits a low-base sound that enters my skull like a sledgehammer at odd hours. Friday nights, Saturday nights are the worst.

The sound is entering from across the street (a school) with a shrill bell at 7:15 am every week day (and one day every 15 minutes on a Sunday when the bell broke.)

The sound is entering from my backyard as my caretaker’s kids play –this noise is pretty controllable–I give them popsicles and send them to the front yard…

INSIDE

The house is tile (because I get sick a lot) and the tile is SUPPOSED to be sound-absorbent, but it is not. The inside noises are the refrigerator and the insta-hot water tap. I love my insta-hot tap. But it does make noise. I try not to open the refrigerator for 2 hours before I go to bed, but this does not help.

FANTASY SOLUTION: I have been fantasizing about a curtained area over my bed using industrial-strength noise absorbers. That way, when things get too bad, I can just retreat there. Or I have a small closet we could put sound absorbers on. And I could get better, sound proof windows–but we just bought sound-proof windows when we constructed the house…

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April 3, 2011

Looking back and looking ahead

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 2:26 pm

Well, now I have been in the house 7 months–with MaJe, only a little over a month. So almost.. half a year by myself now. And? an interim report…

The good:

  • Independance! I can get around when I am ill, when I can not walk, etc.
  • No stuff. I do have to think–do I NEED this piece of paper in my life? Do I need this gee-gaw? this cool ironing board for only 99 cents? No. And I do get free of the need to acquire things. Some organizer once said to imagine a string from every item you own to you–and you get dragged down and down from your stuff.
  • Easy to heat. I have a tiny, $16 heater which heats me just fine. My electric bills are lower–but honestly, not as low as I thought they would be.
  • Entertaining. If my mother wants to spend the night–sorry, no room. If people want to come over and spend time, sorry, no room. So we meet in a coffee shop–no clean up for me and I can leave when I want.

The bad

  • My “peer pressure” This is the first house I’ve owned–and I am in my forties (other than a mess of a property in Kansas..) but I feel silly by not having the traditional set up. This is my own “guilt” and I am usually not swayed by others…
  • Entertaining–I can squeeze about 5 people in. and that is it.

The bottom line?
Tiny houses do not save that much money. You still have about 2/3 of the
house cost (kitchen, bathroom, infrastructure).

Tiny houses are a lifestyle choice. And it can be a pretty good life..

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