Blue Angels Noise Level Is Somewhere Between Annoying and Buzz Saw -- Are You Deaf Yet?

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The view from my desk.
Our view here at the SF Weekly office usually offers a calming view of Alcatraz, sailboats cutting through the surf, and the Yang Ming cargo ship making its way into the bay each afternoon. Coworkers have mentioned the dramatic view could be mistaken for a giant screensaver. 

But this week, our location means we are going deaf. 

Our interviews have been interrupted by VROOOOM-swoosh-ROOOOAR! of the Blue Angels flying over the bay like a flock of seagulls from hell. The building tried to buy us off with an ice cream social up on the roof, to no avail. We are getting irritable. A usually stoic colleague just stood up and announced, "This is making me hate America!"

Someone in sales yelled "So distracting!" Staff Writer Joe Eskenazi is making jokes about shitting on the floor in fear.

A Google search has yielded that Blue Angels can reach up to 150 decibels, backed up by a handy decibel chart that says 150 decibels is the volume of a turbo jet. It is also labeled as "deafening."

Hatred of the Blue Angels unites several San Franciscan constituencies. Well, at least progressivesYelpers, and Chronicle moms, which we're guessing is about half the city. We've read that the Blue Angels' purpose is to attract recruits to the Navy and Marines. But our calls to the recruitment stations have just rung and rung with no answer this afternoon. So either the recruiters have also been rendered deaf and cannot hear the phone, or they are out on the Embarcadero with their pitches to serve Uncle Sam falling on deaf ears -- literally. 

Then there's another group that doesn't want to hear complaints this week. Fleet Week itself. A call to its main number yields the following voice mail: "If you're calling with a concern about the noise, please leave a message at the end of this recording." We're guessing that mailbox is cleared with an swift press of the "delete" button at the end of the day.

Maybe we're being too cynical. Perhaps someone will listen -- if they can still hear.

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13 comments
Muni fan
Muni fan

thanks to the patriotic Blue Angels, they make me feel like an Iraqi.(wow!, that description of Ocean Beach "being invaded by bad guys" make my day... but you know what, sir, you have to remember after the beach it came the N train, and while the bad ass being waiting hours for the train, there is where we gonna win the battle!)

Patriot
Patriot like.author.displayName 1 Like

I was hoping for fog this weekend. Am I a bad person? 

Crggofast
Crggofast

wow some real candy ass's I live for fleet week and the Blue Angels whats cooler and more awsome? I LOVE the sound... put on some ear muffs you sallys!!!!

naarm
naarm

I feel your pain. I work across the street from Aquatic Park and earlier today I nearly jumped for cover under my desk.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

I thought they were calling in 'air strikes' on the drug dealers in the T/L.

Adam Quandt
Adam Quandt

You have to think that if our nation was under attack that would be a welcom sound. Thats the sound that you would hear when ocean beach was being invaded by bad guys. F-18s would be saving your butt. If you can't deal with it for one week out of the year maybe that's when everyone that doesn't support our great nation and its military should take vacation. Please don't ruin it for the rest of us I have done my service to this country and one week out of the year is all I ask for. I bet you would all change your minds if you got up out of you cubicles and serverd you country. There are some people who are sleeping in fox holes tonight and you have the audacity to complain about jet noise! Well at least you can still have a warm cup of coffee. Enjoy!

AP
AP

In my experience, being a blue angel hater is highly correlated with being a carpetbagging transplant. If you grew up here, don't you remember how awesome it was to have them interrupt your grade school classes? If you didn't grow up here, you have no right to come here and try to force your self-indulgent NIMBY-ism on us. The Blue Angels are a true SF tradition, and no matter how much you hate US military imperialism (I hate it too!), stop trying to deprive SF's younger generations of one of the coolest aspects of growing up here.

L.G.C.
L.G.C.

Being a high school student, it is definitely NOT pleasant for me. I don't care if it interrupts my classes. When I'm trying to work or talk to someone, having to pause while a blue angel flies by is annoying. The other thing is that having the blue angels flying around all day is bad for air quality. And for the part of fleet week that is supposed to attract people into military service... It's painfully counter-productive.

Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam

Too bad that voicemail box delete button doesn't work on whiney liberal assholes such as yourself. If you can't handle 5 days of the Blue Angles, how have you made this far in life? Lastly, if you don't like the representation of what allows you to sleep soundly at night, pack your bags and move to china. Liberal doosh.

L.G.C.
L.G.C.

Get out..........

Richard H
Richard H

Oh shut up you weenies. Fighter jets are cool.

You could replace the plane noise with the hammering of workmen installing flooring in the suite above your office. I'll take the jets anyday.

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