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Why don't people whistle anymore?

Original post made by Whistle ??, Palo Verde, on Jan 23, 2011

I heard something we don't hear very much anymore today. I heard someone tunefully whistling a happy tune while he was going about his business. This used to be a common thing but it struck me that it rarely happens nowadays. Is it because we are less happy? Is it because we carry our music around on ipods and don't need to make music for ourselves? Or is it because we are afraid of offending those who may hear it?

I remember being taught to whistle by my father on one of those long car trips as a child. The car was filled with hilarity by the whole family trying to whistle as we whiled away the miles. We had a radio in the car, but no tapes, cds or ipods so we had to make our own amusement. We also had silly song competions and played games.
Are those days gone for ever?

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Posted by I whistle
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I whistle, and am whistling now, but I'm a lady so I rarely do it in public

heard a Target employee singing this afternoon though

makes such a difference!

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Posted by Wrinkle city
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

You are going to laugh..and laugh..and laugh...I stopped whistling when I realized that I was getting those darn lip wrinkles!!!

I am a pretty good whistler, too..but obviously did too much of it, given the crevasses around my lips..

told you that you would laugh...

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Posted by Evolution
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

Palo Altans are too busy to whistle. Kids don't even have much free time these days, and when they do, they are Facebooking or Twittering. Whistling is usually for people who are relaxed and satisfied. Not common here with the ADD environment.

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Posted by McNulty
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:27 am

I whistle constantly, but mostly when I'm alone. Fact is, I'm too good of a whistler. If people heard me, they'd start wanting me to perform at their weddings, parties, etc. That would lead to concerts, TV, etc and I don't need that much pressure in my life.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:28 am

I sure hope those days aren't gone forever. You're right though, I rarely hear whistling anymore. Let's hope it makes a comeback!

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