The Modern Condition

Posted: October 4, 2008 in Uncategorized
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If you are like me, you probably spend alot of your travelling time with earphones in and an iPod on.
I travel to work by bus and it’s about 40 minutes each way from home.
Have you ever done a familiar bus journey without earphones? Really strange. Everyone seems really quiet and way too close to you.
Paranoia kicks in.
The modern world has ruined us all.
Now I understand why wars are started.

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  1. backpedalbrakes says:

    If my ipod happens to die when I’m commuting (heaven forfend!) I leave the earphones in even though I’m not listening to anything. They’ve become something of a cocoon for me.

    Sinead has written about the whole thing in more detail…

  2. cha says:

    I dont take the bus much here but the tube is pretty similar I guess. Theonly people who speak at ‘room temperature’ are city types waffling about whatever shite fills their day (though the recent marketstuff seems to have tempered their extrovert nature), and tourists speaking in any language but english. Non english speakers who look like they live here seem to have adapted, or maybe just transposed the habit from whever home is/was. As for no hellos, I’ve spent a lot of time in hardware stores recently (hammer drills woo)and like pc world type places its amazing how employees seem to dedicate their day to avoiding customers and their questions,; hide and fucking seek.

  3. Adam says:

    Cathpedalbrakes – Wow, I was trying to be flippant but they’ve done tests? So we are all officially weird. Nice.

    Cha – We always said hello to customers back in the day…unless we hated them. Perhaps it’s a hatred issue. She may not like my jacket or facial hair. Damn her eyes.
    PS: I have Breaking Bad for you. Will send it ASAP.

  4. Ronan says:

    Ive a 40min walk home in the evenings and feel completely lost without music, takes alot of mental strength to kick that strut into 2nd gear

  5. cha says:

    Cheers lace, I’ll text my address again if you need and get yours for weeds4. yea we did say hello pretty much all the time, especially if they were being cunts e.g. “in.out”, “and hello to you too jarleth…”.
    My eyes have melted from 4 hours of mario kart thru the projector.

  6. backpedalbrakes says:

    I rather like the sound of being “officially weird”, beats unofficial weirdness any day of the week.

  7. Gardenhead says:

    I went for a walk the entire length of the phoenix park yesterday. No headphones. ‘Twas nice. But not realistic. It was like an ambient album of found sounds. Glad to get back to the real world of my ipod though. More predictable.

  8. Nay says:

    What’s irky is when you have your ‘phones in and other people don’t. And they hate you for being a music type, they hate you for your indifference, the tinny halo of sounf and your imperceptible finger-tap.
    The mere inches between the flap of your jeans and them becomes so charged, at times looking like their eyes will bore laser devastation into your reflection in the glass.

    Now who’s paranoid?

  9. Adam says:

    Ronan: 40 mins? An album (roughly)for every walking journey. Nice

    G’head: No headphones, just the sound of rentboys hustling in the shrubs..blisssssss

    Nay: No more crystal meth for you. I told you…that lab is dangerous and liable to explode.

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