Not the ice cream truck

As I sit here at my computer in my room, several times a day I hear a tinny little rendition of the first three measures of a piece of classical music. I can't quite remember which piece it is; something famous. Possibly "Pictures at an Exhibition"? Or possibly something else entirely. Anyway, it repeats just before it gets to the interesting part, and for weeks I assumed that this was an ice cream truck going by a block away.

And then I started noticing that sometimes it cuts off in mid-note instead of continuing, and then I noticed that the cut-off is preceding by the thuds of someone running around in the apartment upstairs. And I realized that in fact this is the telephone ring sound chosen by my upstairs neighbors.

I just don't get it. (Not my neighbors in particular; I'm talking about the whole idea of setting one's telephone to play these things instead of ringing.) If these ring sounds played a nice version of a piece of beloved music, I guess I could see wanting to hear it half a dozen times a day, though even that would stretch my patience. (I think I have a much lower tolerance for certain kinds of repetition than most people do.) But listening to a tinny electronic version of the first few measures, repeated over and over, would just drive me nuts. What's the appeal?

I particularly don't get it at work, where people's cell phones use these ring tunes, and once every week or two, someone leaves their cell phone at their desk and goes away for a bit, and they get a call, and everyone in earshot gets treated to several repetitions of this stuff.

I'm not down on cell phones in general; in fact, I love them, and they've made my life tremendously easier in the past couple of years. But ring tunes just don't make sense to me.

Anyone who uses one, want to explain the appeal?

In other news, have had a productive day so far on the magazine front, which is all well and good except that I really needed to have a productive day on the work front. Time to settle down and get to work toward that Monday deadline.

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