In search of quiet

Work hard, play hard, that’s that motto. We’re tired of getting drunk as fast as possible and then  slurring a night away. Lulu knows better.

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My writing has been everywhere. Some good, some bad. Now, I’m going to use this space to promote an idea that would be absolutely brilliant for Dongguan!

How many of you are driven crazy by the constant noise here? Everywhere you go, there are people shouting into their phones in public, bellowing at each other in the restaurant, blaring their car horns for no apparent reason and in general, apparently signaling their sense of futility in life by making sure that everyone notices them.

I recently was vacationing in New York, where I participated in a phenomenon called Quiet Parties. There, I went to two very different events, both linked by the same principle: to glorify the sanctity of silence.

We “talked” by writing notes back and forth or by sculpting things with the playdough. By the end of the night, there were a disturbing number of phallic creations on display. Texting was also okay, but most people seemed to embrace the retro nature of actually writing notes on paper.

The first was a Silent Singles’ Night. Hosted at a bar, there was a sign on the door informing people that once they entered, “no more speaking.” At all. Phones had to be either turned off or put in silent mode. Every table had pads of paper, pens and playdough. You might have been like “what the hell…o, cutie.” That’s how it went for me.

We “talked” by writing notes back and forth or by sculpting things with the playdough. By the end of the night, there were a disturbing number of phallic creations on display. Texting was also okay, but most people seemed to embrace the retro nature of actually writing notes on paper.

Before I went, I thought it sounded totally weird, but it was actually a really sexy experience. It made it much easier to communicate with people you didn’t know. We had more time to think about what we wanted to say and it was far easier to write a note and send it to someone at another table than to actually go to that table and say hello. Not to mention that someone ignoring your note is far easier on the ego than having them reject you to your face. Not that I’d care, either way.

I ended up having an amazing evening and met some terrific people.

Impressed by that, I went to a Silent Disco a few nights later. This was truly one of the most surreal experiences of my life. It was a real dance club with a DJ, dance floor, flashing lights, glow sticks, etc., but with one massive difference: when I came in the door, they handed me a pair of wireless headphones.

All of the music was broadcasted through them. When you have them on, you’ve got the loud, pounding pulse of electric hits flowing through you. I just shook my booty to the beat.

Once I took off the headphones, I only heard quiet murmuring. Just imagine to be standing in a club, bodies are dancing about wildly, rubbing against each other, lights strobing, but no music.

On the other hand, it meant that when I found a hottie, all we did was take off our headphones to talk normally, share stories, learn about each other. If I didn’t like him, I put the music back on and walked away. No, no, I’m not that mean. I made sure to tell him to get lost first, of course.

Honestly, Dongguan’s night life often feels so repetitive. Sure, there are now seven places to drink instead of six, but most of the time it ends up being the same-old, same-old. Happy Hours, Ladies’ Nights and cheap Japanese import specials aren’t exciting me anymore. It’s becoming more thrilling to buy a random pirated DVD and down a bottle of rosé at home alone, while guessing the ending to the movie.

I challenge our partiers and organizers in Dongguan to bring us something new and different! Please, give us something that we haven’t seen a dozen times before! A new way to meet people, a new way to interact with them, a new way to get drunk (best part) and a new way to blow off steam will make all of us happy.

If someone actually has the balls to organize a quiet party of some kind—getting us away from the annoying noise pollution that is part of living in Dongguan—I’ll be one of the first to sign up. Do a good job and I’ll feature it right here! Now, that’s some incentive.

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