10 Sounds That I Like Hearing

This post idea came to me very late at night while I was trying to sleep recently, but that’s the experience you signed up for when you loaded this website. Honestly, I don’t know how else to introduce this post because the title is exactly what it is.

There are sounds that are unanimously unliked in this world from nails on a chalkboard to slurping to the sound of whatever alarm we have set each morning. But instead of talking about the bad ones, I’m going to list the good sounds that I like hearing and sometimes go out of my way to hear. In no particular order, here we go.

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  1. Thin Sidewalk Ice
    If you live in a place with snow, you’ve probably encountered sidewalk ice, usually along the edges. It’s thin, it’s not really dangerous, but stepping on it gently provides a really nice crackling sound, and you can feel it break under your boot. Delivering newspapers in the winter sucked as a kid/teen, but finding patches of breakable sidewalk ice made it tolerable.
  2. Crunchy Leaves
    Fall hits hard in Canada, and there are always a plethora of dead leaves on the ground in those autumn months, and the crisp crunch of dead leaves is always enjoyable. Unlike ice, there isn’t much of a feeling under you, but you can still hear it nicely. The leaves are already dead, so it’s not harming nature, either.
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  3. Lipstick Tube Snaps
    Putting the lid on a tube of lipstick or lip balm often makes a gentle and satisfying click, and sometimes I’ll just open and close it multiple times just to hear it.
  4. A Gameboy Advance Closing
    The sound of a Gameboy Advance closing shut, even aggressively, is just so fun. Maybe it’s a bit nostalgia-inducing too, but it’s a nice clack. The DS is fragile and not as audibly nice, but you can slam that GBA shut and it makes the same, hearty sound every time.
  5. Those Old Clacky Keyboards
    I don’t have one sadly, but sometimes in my old high school computer labs there’d be an older keyboard that had those thick buttons but made the best clacks and clicks as you typed.
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  6. Scraping Pumpkin Insides
    You know when you’re carving a pumpkin and you gotta use that scoop tool to scrape the inner walls of the thing to remove the stringy gunk? I like that sound. It’d be a normal, boring scraping sound if it weren’t for the fact that it’s got a cool echo-y effect from the hollowness of the gourd. And as you scrape more and the walls get thinner and thinner and the inside gets emptier and emptier, the sound only improves.
  7. Heels On Tiled Floor
    A few summers ago I worked at this place where I exited through a tunnel connecting two buildings, and it was long and quiet and tiled, and my slightly heeled dressy ankle boots made just the best sound on that floor as I walked—and I’m a fast walker. I’d be waiting in that hallway for my dad to come pick me up just pacing around so I could hear it more.
  8. Curling Rocks Hitting
    The sound of curling rocks banging against each other is so, so nice. Watching it on TV doesn’t do it justice because there’s something so unique about hearing it live in a curling rink where it’s slightly echoing and there in your space.
    Morris edges Martin in extra end to win Players' Championship - The Grand  Slam of Curling
  9. Paper Cutting
    Have you ever used one of those paper cutter things with the arm you bring down? My mom has a small one that I occasionally use, and the sound of it swiftly chopping through several sheets of paper is so nice and crisp.
  10. Suction Cups Popping
    I don’t know what it is about rubber just popping like that, but the gentle and distinct pop of a suction cup being pulled so it snaps and makes a sound is so nice. We used to have a shower mat that was suctioned, and pulling it back to clean and hearing those rapid pops was just an experience.

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Did you think I was going to end on something cheesy like “the sound of your laughter” or something?

Well, I hope you enjoyed this list. What sounds do you like hearing? I think there’s something kind of cool in being able to really enjoy the sound of something pretty average around you.

That’s all for now.

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: May 2021

May! Warm weather! And a bunch of other things! Would you believe there’s more than three bullets on this Monthly Look Ahead? Exciting. And if you also have a mildly exciting month coming, feel free to make your own MLA post!

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  • Legends Of Tomorrow, the best show from the Arrowverse, is finally back on the 2nd. I love these characters and the goofy plots.
  • If you follow me on social media, you may have seen me mention it, but there’s another mother duck nesting on our property this spring! (Or perhaps it’s the same duck, but we can’t be sure). We’re keeping very close watch on her, and if all goes well, the eggs are due to hatch sometime in the first week of May. On that note, I did a huge blog post about that process last year; are you guys interested in another one about this year’s events even if there won’t be a ton of new info? Here’s a poll to gauge interest.
  • I’m still co-running virtual quidditch almost every night. We’ve done 5 tournaments, but as we approach our 1-year, we’ve decided to shake things up a do an Olympics-style event that starts this month, and I’m super excited for that to begin because I know it’s going to be so fun and a fresh change of play.
  • Curling is still on TV! While a lot of events this spring took place in Calgary, the Mixed Doubles tournament at the end of the month is in Scotland. I’m excited to watch and cheer for Canada, and I like watching Mixed as the games are shorter and more action-packed.
    Kerri Einarson/Brad Gushue.
  • There’s no official date, but to celebrate Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, they’ve gotten some singers to ‘collab’ and do little mini Pokemon concerts throughout the year. Post Malone performed in February, and Katy Perry is up next, but as I said, there’s no date yet. They’ve just been teasing things recently. I like a lot of Katy’s old music and I was a huge Pokemon fan as a kid, so I’m interested to see her perform, so hopefully that will happen this month.
  • Will there be TV Upfronts this month? Who knows. I want to see some fun TV trailers as there were none out in May last year. Filming has gone on as far as I know so I’m hopeful.

May-be other fun things will pop up as the month goes on, but for now that’s what I’ve got going on.

That’s all for now!

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: April 2021

Well here we are in April. Spring has sprung and it’s nice to not feel the need to put on many sweaters every day, ya know? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still wear one sweater every day, but it’s usually enough.

Anyway, it’s not a busy month, but, like, what else is new. So here’s the very small list of things I’m looking forward to:

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  • On April 1st, the show Manifest begins its third season. I really enjoy this show, so I hope this new season is just as exciting as it was last year.
  • The Men’s Curling Worlds start this month and then at the end of the month is the start of Women’s Worlds. I’ve very much enjoyed watching the Scotties, Brier, and Mixed Doubles this year, and always want to see more good Canadian curling. If you get TSN and are looking to watch good curling taking place in a nice Calgary bubble, tune in!
    The Canadian Men's Curling Team for 2021.
  • Darren Criss has new music of some sort coming out. He’s calling it “a series of character-driven singles” out on the 9th, and I don’t really know what that means, but I’m excited to find out.

Aaaand that’s it. I guess I should be grateful that I actually have a routine this April considering last April I had literally nothing to do. I was applying to like one job a week since Corona slowed down posting so much, and I was playing Zelda games to fill my days.

What’s your April looking like?

P.S. I was on a call with friends when I wrote the majority of this post, so I said to them, “hey y’all, what am I looking forward to this month? I’mma crowdsource this blog post,” and here were their replies:

  • “Doing hard drugs.” I feel like I should start with light drugs first, but thanks for the suggestion.
  • “It’s my parents’ anniversary.” Not my parents, my friend’s parents. Who I’ve never met.
  • “I dunno, isn’t there some curling you can watch?” Yeah, it’s already on the list.

Anyway, lesson learned. Blogging is a solo task.

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Curling During Covid

The only time I leave the house these days is to curl, and I’m very glad I get to do that still…Or got to. See, literally yesterday, I already had this post written and ready to go, but I got an email that my area is regressing back to a stricter lockdown and the curling club would be closed for a bit. My area isn’t as bad as big cities like Toronto, so I’m really hoping we’ll be back in action in a few weeks.

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I registered for this season of curling way back in June with fingers crossed that Coronavirus numbers would be down enough to allow curling clubs to open, and luckily things worked out enough.

All throughout the summer, my family and I were very cautious about what we did and where we went. Any time I interacted with friends in person, I was, as per usual, the cop of the group, scolding those who disregarded social distancing and ensuring I was at least being safe. That’s why I’m glad that at curling, that work is done for me because my club has done a lot to protect us and comply with all rules from the province as well as from the larger curling organizations, so I really do feel safe there.

Curling is luckily a sport where there isn’t a lot of human contact to begin with, so gameplay hasn’t changed too much. Masks are mandatory, obviously. There’s only one sweeper allowed at a time, which is fine, though I’m not thrilled that skips can’t sweep any rocks in the house, no matter what. Now we gotta just, like, beckon the rocks further through the house the way you would a puppy, only rocks don’t have eyes. Curlers also have to stand at certain spots on the side of the sheets now. There’s apparently a whole process as to whose supposed to be standing on which spot when, but no one really knows it, so we just kind of all space out and stand at whatever spot is free.

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As for off the ice, we’re only allowed to socialize with our own team at certain spread out tables, and we have to order drinks by texting the bar. Almost everyone at curling is super nice so I don’t mind the smaller groups and can handle whatever team I’m put on.

I know I’m lucky to even curl a little bit this year. A few clubs in other areas near me didn’t even open at all because of low numbers. One lady on the board told me we’re running at a loss, but at least there’s some income and the few employees can work. And I don’t blame the people who didn’t join this year as I know it’s scary to do group activities, and since a lot of curlers are a lot older than me, they’re more at risk. I hope next year things are better and we can play at full capacity again in peace.

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As I said, Covid numbers in my area have luckily been pretty low in the grand scheme of things, so I’m really hoping we can stay diligent and get through this winter. We’re ready to rearrange game schedules to accommodate changes and do whatever it takes to make sure it all works out. Having that social and physical activity will be more important than ever during the cold, dark months, and that goes for the hockey leagues my brother and father are (were?) in too.

This is me once again being very grateful that Canada and Ontario have responded pretty well to this pandemic and we’ve adjusted safely enough. I shudder to think about curling clubs in America.

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Curling may also be one of the few sports that will be on TV this winter. Keep an eye out for that if you’re desperate for something to watch. It’s never too late to get into curling!

That’s all for now!

 

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: October 2020

And just like that, summer is over. Dead leaves cover the lawn, I haven’t worn shorts in weeks, and the neighbours have started putting up Halloween decorations. It’s October. Or ‘spooky season,’ as many online call it. Here’s what I’ve got going on this month:

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  • Curling is starting back up this month. Obviously there’ll be some changes to minimize contact or risks, especially since a lot of the curlers are on the older side, but I’m still excited to get back out onto the ice and see everyone. I’m kind of worried we won’t make it a full season because we are in a second wave now, but I’ll take what I can get.
  • Normally I have a bunch of TV shows to look forward to in the fall, but this year, pickings are slim. But This Is Us and Superstore are supposed to be begin in late October, and there are a few new shows I’ll try out including neXt and B Positive (though I don’t have high hopes for either).
  • There’s a webseries called Wayward Guide that’s starring a bunch of people I am fans of (Starkids, mostly) and theme wise, it’s not my thing (monster hunting mysteries), but it’ll be an interesting mix of videos and podcasts, which I think is a fun and new way to present content. It starts on the 13th.
    wayward guide logo.
  • I saw on Facebook recently that the annual Just For Laughs Festival held in Montreal is going online and for free this year, which is cool. Going to one of those is a bucket list kind of deal for me, so this is a way for me to experience some aspect of it presently. The event is on October 9th and 10th. I hope it’s funny. I feel like comedians and viewers feed of off the audience energy, so it’ll be interesting to see how that is without a live audience…unless it’s all prerecorded stuff released for the first time…?
  • Season 3 of the Virtual Quidditch League I am co-running starts sometime later this month. I’m excited for people to see the new features.

 

Aaaaaand that’s it! Not a super busy month, but what month in 2020 has been? As always, I want to hear what you’ve got going on in October.

That’s all for now!

 

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