For the life of me, I don’t understand why our culture has gone to requiring a TV on in public spaces. From my doctors’ waiting rooms to my new gym’s locker room, from nice restaurants to my office building lobby, TVs are on and they are loud and they drive me crazy! I turn them off in public places where I can (like do I really need to listen to the nattering of daytime TV and intrusive commercials while I’m waiting to see my oncologist?!?). I dare the staffers at the front desk to admonish me.
But now the gym my husband and I joined has not one but two TV sets on REALLY, REALLY LOUD in the locker room. I thought to bring my silicone ear plugs with me this last time, and that helped, but I still walked out of the gym more tense than I felt walking in.
I’m open to suggestions for coping strategies.
And by the way, I do not watch TV commercials; my finger is perpetually poised at the ready to hit the mute button on the remote.