The sweet sound of elevator music.

Today is one of “those” days. It’s 7:00 AM, raining. I have a dentist appointment, haircut appointment and then I need to hit the bank. The dentist is across the other side of Berlin and I’m getting a crown so I expect a very long needle. So far the German dentists have been far better than my evil NYC guy. One thing I find strange is they don’t play any music in the dentist office here. I never realized how much I actually want that elevator crap playing! All I will hear today is drill and German.

The haircut salon is a different story. I will be treated to extremely loud gay vocal electrohouse. This is better than nothing and it diverts my attention from the housewives getting their hair dyed burgundy. This is a weird trend of older East German ladies and it’s truly not right. At least I get a long creepy scalp massage.

My Deutsche Bank skips the music and has televisions set to news channels. Today I have to explain that for some reason after two years with the same pin number this past weekend I couldn’t remember it. I tried to use the card to get cash out and after the third incorrect try the machine kept my plastic. I hope they discover a cure for Alzheimer’s sooner than later.

Something tells me making this blog post will be the highlight of August 27, 2008.

photo credit: Kjerstin


  1. You don’t get to bring in an mp3 player? Ouch! Last summer I had all 4 wisdom teeth broken and extracted in one session. I could_not_have_done_it without my comfort music playing.

    I dug deep into that music. Tried to trance out. To the point where the surgeon had to try a little harder than usual to get my attention. (In fairness to me, she wasn’t english.) She was cool with me being zoned out. She said I was the most relaxed patient she had ever had for this procedure. That wasn’t very convincing at the time, I didn’t feel very relaxed.

    Good luck.


  2. hi oliver,

    I enjoy reading your blog and I have a dentist appointment in about half an hour – “geteiltes leid ist halbes leid” as the germans say ;-). but they do play music there…anyway. have a nice day.


  3. Oh so the silence is not a German thing! Good to know. My visit ended up being painless. Good luck on yours.


  4. I have to admit that lately I’ve started to enjoy silence ’cause you don’t have to eq it and it’s always in time ;-)…and this has nothing to do with depeche mode, of course. for the dentist – what doesn’t kill you… ;-)


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