Monday, February 8, 2010

"Oww. Owww. Owww.You son of a bitch, you're hurting me. Are you crazy or something? It hurts. Oww. Owww. Owww"

My office at work is connected to the emergency room by a hallway but separated from it by a locked door. There is what sounds to be an elderly woman in there now in great pain. She's actually been in there for several hours.At first, hearing her scream was shocking, disturbing, unsettling. After awhile, it became routine and annoying. She's got this pattern of fear and pain followed by lashing out followed by self soothing. I try to do other things and not listen, but there is no escaping it. She's got a very high voice. The sound creates a mental picture of a Muppet being tortured.

Townes Van Zandt - Waitin' Around To Die

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