Friday, January 13, 2006

microwave Burns

For some unaccountable reason, the microwave in the cafeteria at work plays "Auld Lang Syne" when the food is finished.
Why should this be?
Why that song?
Is it so you don't forget your food?

Just another example of post-modern disconnect in a world with a place for everything and everything all over the place.


My mother claims that in Tokyo (or was it Yokohama?) the sidewalk lights play "A Foggy Day in London Town" when it is time to cross the street, and that when you are supposed to stop and wait, they play "Pennies from Heaven".

I may be misremembering her song choices.

And the cars, way back when I was a girl in South Korea, played Fur Elise when they were backing out of a parking space. So it isn't new. I just didn't realize it applied to microwaves.

But when did everything become a music box? It's all so pop-goes-the-weasel--as if we are children who need distraction, entertainment, or--and I think this is closer to it--consolation. But god help me if I can't stand by for 30 seconds in unconsoled silence while my food reheats. The lonliness can be unbearable, for those 30 seconds, but the song of the microwave only confuses me and underscores my sense of dislocation. Auld Lang Syne has to be one of the saddest songs on earth. Don't offer it up unless you're also serving champagne, with kissing to follow. Please.

Who can we plead with? The programmers? The machines?

Now it's stuck in my head. And my food isn't even hot.

3 Comments:

Anonymous et said...

The baby boomers have instilled into their children that they must be entertained at every waking minute, and with that generation now as full grown adults, well by damn, they will be entertained every waking minute by singing microwaves and 2,000,000 different ring tone choices for their cell phones.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I'd cry every time my food was done.

P.S.: I'm glad you're back online - I love to read your posts!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Juan Bodley said...

It's better than hearing Stairway to Heaven I suppose...

2:22 PM  

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