The Sounds of the City

61B143F3-94F2-4B6D-A450-747572FC3D4BMy wife and I are seriously considering moving out of the city. It’s not that we don’t love living in the heart of a big, bustling city. We do.

But it’s noisy.

There is a city bus that drives by our house dozens of times a day. We live a half block from a police station. There’s a hospital two blocks away. Our local streets are continually under repair and there’s lots of construction all around us.

We hear car horns honking, brakes squealing, engines roaring, and people partying on the streets at all hours.

We hear planes overhead flying to and from the local airport and the ohhhhh-wahhhhh sounds of foghorns in the bay.

We have grown somewhat tired of the noise and are thinking about selling our urban dwelling and moving into a cabin in the mountains, a bungalow by the ocean, or a cottage by a lake.

Someplace quiet. Someplace peaceful. Maybe even someplace off-grid.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “noise.” Image credit: Brian Timmer at

10 thoughts on “The Sounds of the City

  1. Sight11 March 14, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I think the medical facilities is what makes living in the big cities worthwhile. So if you ask me Stay… But that’s my opinion.

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    • newepicauthor March 14, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Sight makes a good point, as my parents retired to the Poconos and when my Dad started having heart trouble, they found that they were a bit too far away from proper medical facilities.

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  2. pensitivity101 March 14, 2018 / 10:30 am

    We have a bungalow by the sea, and hear the ocean, even through the double glazing, but it’s a relaxing sound. We do miss the peace and tranquillity of the boat though. ….. no passing traffic, no noisy neighbours as everyone is considerate of everyone else, and perhaps the occasional aircraft or helicopter. Sirens are bound to echo from the streets but at least they didn’t go screaming past our door. Night time here is pretty quiet, though it will be interesting to see how different it is when the holiday season starts, though we a re sufficiently far away from the town not to be bothered by the amusement arcades (we hope). At least there are no fun fairs here.

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  3. theceaselessreaderwrites March 14, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Fandango, make damn sure there aren’t any busy biker bars within about 5 miles of any home you’re considering buying. If there are, you won’t get much peace at night from about February through November every year!

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  4. cagedunn March 14, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    It’s never as peaceful in the country as [city] people seem to think. Seeders and harvesters can work 24/7; cows come in early and make a lot of noise – there and back! Wild animals have no respect for your property or person. Young people, lacking somewhere to go to ‘do’ things, hoon in their cars, or …
    It’s never quite the fairytale, but if you don’t mind being … etc.

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    • Fandango March 14, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Not sure I’d go quite that “country.” Just somewhere outside of the city noise.

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  5. Suzanne March 14, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Noise is the main reason I don’t live in a major city. I prefer the noise of nature.

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    • Fandango March 14, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      Me too, which is why we’re thinking about moving.


      • Suzanne March 14, 2018 / 9:57 pm

        I hope you find a way to do it. It’s a big change but it’s worth the upheaval.

        Liked by 1 person

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