"I don't know Ridwan. It does not bother me the way it does you. The last clock you made me remove was louder than this one. I don't think they make clocks that are silent."
"Fatima I cannot sit in a room with a clock that makes me hear every second of my life. It is simply just too intrusive even in Kimberley where life just about stands still."
"Well that is the only clock they sold that matches the color of the wall. I just don't hear it and I don't think anyone else cares but you. Just ignore it."
"It is driving me batty. How in the world can anyone live inside of that noise? It interferes with my TV viewing. Can't we just get an electronic clock that is silent?"
"No. I like an old-style wall clock."
"Why do you need a clock anyway? Can't you just check your wristwatch when you need to know what time it is? Or press the yellow button on the satellite remote and see the time on the TV screen?"
"We need a clock because I want one. And I do not wear a watch and don't want to press the yellow or blue or any other color button to see the time. I want to look up and it must be there. I grew up with a clock on the wall. It is just nice to have. And convenient too."
"I can't live with it. Why do you think I sleep with earplugs and even leave them in some days when I do not want to hear any sounds at all? I'm sensitive that way. You should know by now."
"You just neurotic. That's what I know by now."
"I said you are neurotic. Are you hard of hearing? Oh I forgot. You hear too much."
"How do you spell neurotic?"
"R-i-d-w-a-n ... that is how. Satisfied?"
"Fatima that clock needs to go. We need something more modern. Like a digital clock that is silent. My life is too empty to hear seconds of more emptiness tick by."
"So fill up your life. Get something you actually like doing. Make new friends. Get a girlfriend. Oh I forget you don't like just about anybody anymore because people work your nerves."
"What does a loud obnoxious clock have to do with not liking people? And I do like some people. Those I don't like I just ignore. But that clock is too present. I can't ignore it. Can you?"
"I want to end this conversation. I don't want to hear anymore."
"But I am not done complaining about the clock yet. I need you to hear me. I cannot live with that noise."
"You should learn to ignore."
"Ummm ... did I not just say I wanted to talk about this some more? Why are you walking away? Where are you going?"
"Watch and learn. I'm ignoring you ... "
"What's ignoring me got to do with the clock? Fatima I am talking to you ... come back here ... you know I have separation anxiety issues. Moms ... I don't like being ignored ... Fatima I'm talking to you ..."
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