My Cat’s Reaction to Camden Iron and Metal

IAAC*  –  Sleep, Precious Sleep No Thanks to Camden Iron and Metal

It’s Saturday. It is quiet in Modacius. Last night was the third night without sounds of hell coming from CIM (Camden Iron and Metal).

The professor took an hour nap this morning. Unheard of for her, napping mid-day but the effects of one week without sleep because of CIM had its impact.

You cannot imagine the depth of the sounds of turmoil coming from that Ferry Avenue and 2nd Street CIM plant in the middle of the night.

Scrap metal being scraped from piles by a huge claw attached to a crane, then cranking around on its pedestal to a waiting dumpster and dropping its claw-full. The crashes sound like bombs going off and shake our corner row house five blocks away. The scraping up of discarded iron and mangled car parts by a bulldozer and the crane make me imagine what people in war-torn countries must hear when explosions go off, except this is worse because it’s constant – the shriek of metal striking metal without respite, it being lifted in the air and let go, crashing into waiting dumpsters. When finally filled – one, two, three, four hours later, the trucks go beep, beep, beep when they back up and head off to the highway to places unknown.

The operation goes on during the day – but everyone is up and about. It is in the dead of night that we hear and feel the impact.

There are zoning laws prohibiting excessive noise after 11:00 p.m. The Prof. made phone calls all last week to City department heads to try to get CIM to stop. Perhaps they helped…because, as I said, we have had three nights of quiet. And the quiet in the Waterfront South section of Modacius is usually lovely – probably quieter than in other cities like Philadelphia and New York.

The sleeping arrangements for the seven residents in our row house are: Prof., senior cat, pitbull, shitsu in master bedroom, me and C. in library and mongrel downstairs. It’s important that we have quiet at night four seasons a year without the horrendous CIM operations.

In the months warm enough for open windows, we should be able to hear an occasional police siren, fire engine, car crash, domestic dispute and act accordingly: look out the window, evacuate the premise, call the police, cut-off connections with neighbor or, as a last resort, close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. In the cold winter months with closed windows it’s also important that to hear police sirens, fire engines, car crashes, extremely loud domestic disputes so we can act as accordingly as in the warm months. But there are additional sounds that need to be heard in the winter: the munching and gentle footfalls of uninvited visitors coming in from the cold! The professor depends on the six other members of the household to attend to them!

*I Am A Cat

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