I made a little video for Tracy, just a goofy recording of boiling water being tossed into really cold air (it turns into mist!). After I opened the door and stepped outside, however, I was taken aback. It was quiet.
I live right in the middle of a huge metropolitan area. Other than New York, it’s the most population dense city among big cities in the US. From where I write this, I’d have to drive 90 minutes in any direction to get to a rural area. It’s noisy. It’s bustling. And, unlike the Keihanshin (Osaka metro) area in Japan that I lived in briefly, it’s all rat race and “get the hell out of my way” here. So, because it was -15 below out, it was whisper quiet, and I was suddenly reminded of the wide open, quiet spaces I used to live in. I was born in Chicago and spent most of my life in Tampa, the latter of which isn’t a huge metro area, but it’s by no means rural. I then lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years, in a decidedly rural area.