I recently got a phone call from the manager of my apartment building regarding some complaints that had come from some of my neighbors. He didn’t say they were complaints about me, but he said he surmised that much, given the parties who had complained. Apparently, people were hearing a high-pitched noise late at night, like someone was whistling. I told the building manager that I couldn’t imagine what in my apartment would be making a noise like that. I don’t have a teakettle or anything. Besides, I’ve been doing the same stuff at the same hours with the same neighbors for over four years now. Heck, I probably used to make more noise a few years ago when I would be up late yelling at my XBox games. I’ve never had any complaints before and I don’t see any reason why they would have suddenly started.
Then my building manager asked me, in all seriousness, “Are you an avid whistler?” An avid whistler?!? … like for hours on end at a volume that would disturb neighboring apartments (We do have pretty good sound insulating walls here)? I don’t think so!
Nevertheless, the whole experience did make me a little more conscious about any whistling I might do and that has pretty much taken Peter, Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” right out of my evening mix. That’s especially unfortunate on Monday nights, since the host at the trivia nights I attend plays ambient music between questions and has a particular fondness for a handful of songs, including “Young Folks.” Nowadays, I have to get my PB&J fix while I’m working… they say that simultaneously working and whistling puts you in good spirits and enhances your work product. That’s a win-win (save, perhaps, for the guy sitting next to me)!
Young Folks – Peter, Bjorn and John