The Non-Borg guide to adaptation

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Have you ever gotten front-row seats on sewer renovation? It is fascinating, isn’t it?

I had this opportunity yesterday when the city decided a newer sewer pipe needed to be run in front of my apartment/duplex. I am not complaining I have never had the opportunity to see this process up close. Here is what happens.

First, you get to adapt to the loud noise of machines jackhammering into the concrete. Then another 8 hours of machines moving dirt and pipes. Right now the second day they are filling in what they dug up yesterday. Oh did I mention they continued to work into the night last night? That is why I am writing this.

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If you ever have to go to sleep with loud construction machinery happening 30 feet away with only a thin/cheap wall, here is how I did it. First I took 20 mg of Serotonin gummies. Then I found a pink noise and played it through a small Bluetooth speaker. It sounded like muffled jet engines with vibration at the airport. On one side were muffled jet engines, and on the other construction equipment. Sounds like a recipe for a restful night right? Surprisingly I fell asleep and when I woke up there wasn’t any construction noise and it was in the morning. They resumed at 8 am the next day.

For those non-Borg people out there, the way to adapt to noise is to use multiple methods to try to diffuse the sound. Another option would be to go to a smaller bedroom with a tiny bed that had more walls between the sound and try that. Honestly, the apartment was shaking and I didn’t think I would sleep at all last night. I am so grateful I was able to sleep. Every time I don’t sleep well I am so thankful for how most of the time I sleep great.

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I am still wearing my headphones in case the noise comes back from outside. Randomly there are machine noises but I hope we are through the worst of it. *crosses fingers*