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Stop and enjoy the sounds (and those not so good noises) around you

For What It's Worth
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Rick Peterson, general manager

I am not sure why, but I’ve been thinking about sounds lately. Maybe sounds have been at the forefront of my thoughts because some people would have you believing my hearing is a bit suspect.
Sure, sometimes I don’t always hear my phone ringing, but no worries – hence voicemail. And I don’t always pick up on office conversation. And maybe that is by design.
Those aren’t the sounds I am talking about. I am talking about the sounds you hear throughout your day. Some of the sounds are a pleasure to hear and others not so much.
The honking of a flock of geese flying overhead day or night, spring or fall, always puts a smile on my face. The crow of a rooster pheasant off in the distance is music to my ears. The sizzle of bacon on the Blackstone is a heads up to my nose that the smell of bacon is not far behind.
The sound your Apple computer makes after you reboot it means you’re back in business.
The sound of an airplane circling above Luverne all day on a summer weekend means the skydivers will soon be falling from the sky.
Never owned one myself, but the sound of a Harley Davidson motorcycle is unmistakable and really cool. Jake braking and the sound it creates, outlawed in many communities and understandably so, but that too is a cool sound to my ears at least.
Some sounds aren’t necessarily a sign of good things to come. The tornado sirens come to mind as does the sound of the police car siren behind you. The sound of the Sanford helicopter coming and going brings two thoughts to my mind. One is somebody is having a worse day than I am (hopefully they will be okay) and every time the chopper flies in and out of Luverne, I think of Radar O’Reilly from M*A*S*H.
The sound of thunder can go both ways – good or bad.
“The Sound of Music” – never saw the show – but a life without the sound of music would be pretty boring.
On one of those hot days last week someone said you can hear the corn growing. I guess you need field corn ears to hear the corn growing.
So here is your homework assignment for the next couple of days. Listen and enjoy some of the sound around you.

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