I was just watching TVNZ One News at 6 when a mobile phone text alert sounded. 'Odd' I thought 'that sounded like the phone in my pocket'. But it must have been the phone on the table. No. The phone in the bedroom? No. The one in my pocket? No. So presumably it was from someone in the Newsroom on the television. How many times has that happened to me recently in shops, at the school prizegiving and even on the croquet lawns where, in a tournament, you can get a warning and even have a game awarded against you? Many, many times.
How many other electronic noises does your house contain and your car and the supermarket and just about everywhere else that you frequent?
The Cottage is the minimal place in my life. It is the place where I live a simple life when compared with my Eagleton home. However the longer I've lived here the less simple the life has become. This evening's electronic moment made me think.
Even in The Cottage when the power fails an electronic alarm sounds; when the fire alarm battery runs down it beeps incessantly until the battery is changed; when the washing machine finishes its cycle it plays an electronic tune; when the dishwasher finishes it beeps every minute; the house phone beeps when the battery is low or there's a power outage; my cellphones beep; my computers beep at the drop of a hat; my car beeps when the door is opened and the key is in the ignition; the alarm beeps when the car is touched and the alarm has not been deactivated. I am surrounded by beeps.