I was up early Sunday morning and in a bit of a half-sleep reverie when it occurred to me that – most unusually – there was rather a lot of noise outside my bedroom window.
When you get right down to it, I sleep about eighty-five feet from the edge of a cornfield, often indoors. Generally, there isn’t an awful lot of noise out there for the would-be sleeper or his next-day relative, the dazed and confused early morning riser, to contend with. What little audio ambience there is would typically be of the pastoral background sort – birds chirping, wind rustling through the trees, that sort of thing.
These noises, though were different. My brain needed to assimilate and assess the information with which it was being bombarded. First, I determined that there were noises of many varieties, and lots of them. Whatever was happening out there was not taking place by stealth. I decided to confer the status of “racket” upon what I was hearing. With that taxonomic decision out of the way, I proceeded to consider whether there was possibly more to learn about the situation. After some careful reflection, I decided that quite a number of the many noises were similar; I decided to assume that there was a lot of something causing this cacophony. But what could those somethings be? Examining my audio memory banks, I could not recall ever hearing this particular sort of racket before.