The Water Cooler – Loud Noises

May 16, 2018 12:00 pm · 42 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

What are some loud noises that you just can’t stand? Example: Dogs barking, leaf blowers, music, etc.

Talk about it….

Suzanne May 16, 2018 at 12:07 PM

Idiots who try to modify their vehicles so they can sound like top fuel or Nascar racers then drive through residential areas at 100mph… as if we are in awe at the sound!

jjshawk May 18, 2018 at 12:08 AM

I think its funny when car or motorcycle owners needlessly rev their engines just to let us know they are there, and somehow, we should care. Don’t get me wrong. I love cars, bikes, and other vehicles that toss practicality out the window, its part of the appeal. However, some of the drivers/riders can’t help but act like Inconsiderate Dickheads.

Steven Powers May 16, 2018 at 12:08 PM

I would say other people’s music in traffic … the worst is when it’s loud and full of bad words …..

Kentucky Derby May 16, 2018 at 12:13 PM


The Mamba May 16, 2018 at 12:31 PM

People talking with their mouths full or slurping their soup or drinks.

Reality says... May 16, 2018 at 12:52 PM

+1, can I add two…

ADULTS who lick their fingers when they eat and ADULTS who smack their lips when they chew.

WTF! Drives me crazy.

evertheoptimist May 16, 2018 at 1:36 PM

google misophonia

I have it too! anything audible food & mouth related drives me up the wall. lots of people have it, especially women.

Reality says... May 16, 2018 at 4:37 PM


Great, I’ll add this to the list of ailments I have! 😉

Original G May 16, 2018 at 12:34 PM

Not bothered by noises, no strike that RAP CRAP where body panels and windows in a vehicle flex to the beat of the “music”.

Habit, always carry a small flashlight and a pair of reusable ear plugs.
IF you can not carry on a conversation with another person at a distance of three feet then ear plugs are indicated.

Roz May 16, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Mostly babies crying and Hubby’s snoring. But I have Tinnitus,…ringing in one ear, very loud. Have help of a hearing aid for hearing loss, doesn’t help with tinnitus. So that’s a pain in the butt noise that’s 24/7. Would love to wake up to morning to only hearing birds chirping.

Angry Andrew May 16, 2018 at 12:45 PM

What’s going on in downtown pleasant hill? Cops have all four corners blocked off May 16, 2018 at 12:51 PM

Small exterior fire.

martinezmike May 16, 2018 at 12:49 PM

The emergency alert test. I also find leaf blowers annoying, but only when they blow dirt all over my clean car.

Hill May 16, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Baby’s, I can’t stand the sound of a baby crying.

Tommy Trojan May 16, 2018 at 12:57 PM

All sounds centered in and around construction. Hammering, buzz saws, back-up beepers on large trucks, etc.

Consumer D May 16, 2018 at 12:58 PM


Simonpure May 16, 2018 at 2:26 PM

…and people who yell when the spell 🙂

Consumer D May 16, 2018 at 9:22 PM

Simonpure…It’s a play on words, for the purpose of intended effect or amusement 💩

Simonpure May 17, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Hence the smiley face

ClayDen May 16, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Loud music with way too much bass from cars in traffic. Also: barking dogs, and loud people or kids in restaurants.

Loud noises I like: A Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 screaming by in a low pass. A Ferrari V-12 at high revs (or any other V-12). Big radial engines. The best loud noise: In 2012, the whole field of 20 Formula 1 cars screaming down the back straight at the USGP in Austin with their 2.4 liter V-8 engines at 18,000 RPM just before braking for turn 12. Incredible.

Cowellian May 16, 2018 at 1:25 PM

People shouting to make a point.

Elwood May 16, 2018 at 1:57 PM


Dawg May 16, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Kids screaming would be number one, rap and hip hop is number two, and Mexican music with trumpets blaring is number three.
The Mexican music, hip hop and rap all sounds the same and is irritating.
As for leaf blowers, the sound doesn’t bother me, but the chance they can throw small rocks at my car annoys me to no end. I will not drive or park near them.
The sounds I do like is the sound of a Harley Davidson and the sound of a classic car with tuned exhaust.

The Observer May 16, 2018 at 2:19 PM


What the actual? May 16, 2018 at 2:23 PM

Harley Davidsons

Simonpure May 17, 2018 at 12:06 PM

I actually find the speeding rice burners more annoying.

jtkatec May 16, 2018 at 2:38 PM

My dog at dawn, standing right next to the bed and he begins a high pitched whine, and if I don’t respond and start to get up, he moves closer to my ear in case I didn’t hear his whine.

Little rascal.

Lela May 16, 2018 at 9:58 PM

That’s actually very sweet!

Gitittogether May 16, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Harleys, jackasses, straight pipes or any combination of 2 or more…dogs with their barkometer set on annoy…the shrill, shrieking, winyiness of any human raised by a clinton supporter.

Ala ClayDen, some of my appreciated noises are; Nelson Riddle or Lalo Shifrin through a quality (tube) amp and speakers, a child or dog’s squeal seeing their military parent after a long absence, an XT500, and the whirling of a blender at a summer barbecue

chuckie the troll May 16, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Early morning (especially) leaf blowers, loud engine noise (cars and motorcycles), car sound systems, people talking so loud into their cell phone that I can hear them 100′ away, low-flying planes and any politician.

TIFOKCIS May 16, 2018 at 3:53 PM

I cannot stand cRAP and Hip -Hop. Most of the Pop/Top 40 has that ‘sound’ to it these days and it SUCKS ***!

Next is awholes with stupid mufflers. The sound of non-cat big block with true duals doesn’t bother me. The racket produced by a cat system squeezed thru some dumb muffler is annoying.

I won’t mention my roommate’s V8 4runner with a single dumb muffler on a 2 into 1. So lame he should be embarrassed.

Nature Rules May 16, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Loud music, whether it’s from a car or home. Want the death penalty for those who feel others need to hear what kind of music they like.

Silva May 16, 2018 at 5:27 PM

Any loud noise I could do without. I have spoken with deaf people who said they were happy they were deaf, and who said in all sincerity they would be very upset if they could hear. Silence is a beautiful thing. We don’t hear it anymore here. 24-7 there’s a solid background of city noise. It is reduced at night, but it’s still there. Here is what REALLY annoys me; when I’m in the desert and I want to listen to the incredible silence, what I hear instead is a loud ringing noise my tinnitus makes, even after the residual car noise subsides. I sabotaged my own hearing in music venues in the 60s and 70s, and I’ve never been far from a set of earplugs since. It was worth it though.

Aspirin May 16, 2018 at 5:44 PM

Motorcycle noise is epidemic on weekends when the Harleys are out.

For some reason law enforcement is powerless to control this obvious lawbreaking (illegal modifications to vehicle exhaust systems).

Runaround Blue May 16, 2018 at 8:31 PM

Law enforcement is not a concert anymore, but when your outnumbered by the public 50,000 to 1 I can see why.

Freedom of speech May 16, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Politicians talking and rap crap

PH Worry-wart May 16, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Rap music, beat I can hear OUTSIDE of the car, loud obnoxious cars.

Josette May 16, 2018 at 8:56 PM

Garbage & recycle trucks

Whoe Jim May 16, 2018 at 9:01 PM

The flushing sound of the Bay Area progressives trying to send us all down the liberal vortex.

Jess May 17, 2018 at 12:12 AM

Because of my anxiety, I hate most of them, especially the booms and pops that come out of nowhere! I jump out of my damn skin! Explosions, fireworks, dogs barking, honking, sirens. I can’t say I hate loud music though.

Antler May 17, 2018 at 5:38 AM

Especially the battle-grade ones.

Oracle May 17, 2018 at 10:49 AM

I am very sensitive to noise. Like Jess sudden loud noises scare the hell out of me and therefore annoy me. Anxiety doesn’t like surprises!

That being said I hate people that feel the need to rev their car engines etc (especially when they just want to burn rubber). Rap music is crap too but usually I don’t hear it unless I am walking somewhere.

Yesterday my husband and I went out to eat and there was this guy practically shouting at his companions sitting next to him. No thanks. Also there are two guys at our gym we call “grunting guys” who like to express their “exertion” a little to vigorously. When I see either of them I just walk into another area.

Silence is golden!

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