One of the things I really love about my neighborhood is the rich soundscape. Tonight, I can't sleep. As I walk the floor, I'm really aware of how quiet it is. There's whir and wine of the occasional car, helicopter buzzing by, once in awhile a plane. In the background, the sound of a river flowing, that is actually the BQE.
In a couple of hours, the Staten Island Ferry will resume its horn blasts to announce it's leaving the dock, and the MTA work trains will start rumbling through, blowing their horns. The "flowing river" will turn to "rushing river" as morning breaks.
Sometimes there's the pop and explosion of FIREWORKS as yet another cruise ship makes its way out of the harbor. Sometimes there's music, thumping of bass from cars, kids playing or the ice cream truck sing-songing. There's the sound of people, walking talking, arguing, walking their dogs, just doing their thing.
And languages: I think I'll try counting those instead of sheep.