And this is nothing like the soothing sound of a cascading waterfall!! (Drumroll, please.)
I shouldn't mock my new Obus Forme Sound Therapy Relaxation System (also known as a white noise machine.) Yet, I must mock because I'm neurotic and if I wasn't neurotic, I wouldn't need a Sound Therapy Relaxation System.
I bought this gadget last Sunday for the princely sum of $34.99 Cdn (that's about 5 euro, maybe $10 US.) After the earlier bed-buying binge, I thought my shopping days were done.
But with new neighbours moving in upstairs, I decided the best defence against potential racket overhead would be a white noise machine to play when I'm trying to sleep. Just to block out any potential trouble (I said I was neurotic.)
The machine itself, which is about the size of a nice foccacia, is actually very lightweight and could potentially be used for travel. I become extra neurotic on the road -- I think I look for air conditioning in hotels, as much for the noise it emits as for the cooling effect. However, I'm not sure I'll actually want to add yet another small appliance to my luggage (to go along with the travel iron, curling iron, vacuum cleaner for dusty corners -- alright, that last one is a lie. Suffice to say I over-pack.)
The device officially emits 10 different kinds of noise -- almost everything except bleating goats and hooting owls. I can listen to:
So far, most of those actually sound to me like the echo my car makes driving inside a tunnel -- but for $35 Cdn, what can I expect?
All mocking aside, I think it's worth the money to mask outside noise. Just so long as I don't accidentally set off the shrieiking "songbirds" some night in my sleep. I'd never be able to shut my eyes again!
(Waterfall photo from the Upper Falls of Johnston Creek in Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta. Taken by Roy Tennant.)