Thursday, January 22, 2009
I sleep next to a west-facing window. 2000 feet away is Central Avenue, and beyond that Highway 101. Beyond that is the Mad River. And almost two miles away is the Pacific Ocean.
At night, when I am experiencing my usual insomnia, I lie awake and listen to an endless distant roar. It ebbs and flows a tiny bit (cars on Central) but it never stops. I never notice it in the daytime, but at night there it is.
Is it possible that I am hearing the ocean from my bed at night?
It's the vast ocean over there, not the Bay. Can waves pounding the shore be heard from almost two miles away?
Other insomniacs would pay good money for recordings of this, yet it keeps me up. Not because of the sound; if it's the ocean, I am going to be delighted, lulled. What keeps me up is not knowing what it is.
Posted by Indie at 12:35 AM