[I wrote this about 8 hours ago before I slept in the afternoon]
The above entry was supposed to be read like one off a diary or something, and yes it is indeed true – my trusty Audito-Technica ATH-S100IS street monitors have just been put out of commission. In an oft heard but never-quite-happened-to-me event, the lower third of the input jack got busted off and was left inside my new phone. Now, I have nothing to listen to music with and am left at the mercy of people wanting to talk to me.
Honestly, I don’t dislike communicating or talking with people. But at work, I already talk to so many people that I feel like during my hard earned and well spaced break times, I want to just kick back and not talk. My break times are also when I get to get lost in music, which is why many people often say that I look like I am in a trance whenever I put my headphones on.
I’m actually trying to scale back on the this habit of mine, but it’s hard to really kick out of my system. I started doing this back in high school and continued steadily up until now. I remember certain periods that I got off the habit for a while, but I keep coming back to it. See, while I am fairly chatty and easy to get along with in real life, I have moments that I become exhausted keeping pace with people by talking.
My mentor at work had told me that since I often deal with training people, I have to make it a point to communicate with everyone at all times. While I believe he has a point, I don’t quite think it is very necessary and mostly the times I talk to people would be when business is concerned. Make no mistake though, I have friends at work, close friends at that and I love talking with them. But for the more numerous casual acquaintances, I kinda find it hard to connect with them when everyone is talking basketball, Game of Thrones and all the other things I don’t keep tabs on. It’s not that I cannot sit and listen, but rather I am not quite interested in talking about those things.
Believe it or not, while I am a fairly big car guy who loves reading and talking about it, I only enjoy doing so whenever I get to speak with fellow car guys. I try avoiding casual conversations that start with “What car should I get…” or “I think there is something wrong with my car…”. I also tend to avoid people when the conversation goes to “I want your suggestions on what camera I should buy…”. Hrr.
There are certain people in my life though that I seem to be able to whip up conversations with at ease, and talk about things pulled out of thin air. But they are mostly the ones I am truly close to, or really just get along with.
In any event, I will get my phone to a service center and thankfully, my wife had turned it into her sacred duty to drag my ass to one despite me not really wanting to pay up for such a simple service. I am also in the market to finally get myself decent Bluetooth headphones, and I’m leaning towards JBL (now owned by Harman) or probably go for an affordable Audio-Technica. I’m also looking to getting a more permanent and purpose built digital audio player but that may be after I get new headphones. If anyone reading this has ideas, feel free to shoot me a comment.
Trust me, without those muffs over my ears, I feel so vulnerable at times.