I LOVE electronic gadgets. I was in the electronics industry for many years and just love figuring out how things work (plus when I was a little kid, my parents had to keep radios and other devices out of my hands or I would quickly dismantle them). I also did some technical writing, so I’m comfortable with technical manuals- no matter how poorly written they are, I love to intuitively figure out the interface between human and machine.
Bill and I love our gadgets so much that our favorite phrase on a weekend is “let’s go buy something electronic” (code for “let’s go to Best Buy / Circuit City / Fry’s and browse around at the goodies”. No, we don’t always buy something).
Anyway, there is a dark side (probably several) to these amazing objects.
Case in point: Last week I was laying in bed reading and I kept hearing these little beeps every five minutes or so. I tried to echo-locate where the noise was coming from, but it happens that I can only hear that certain frequency with my left ear, so I had difficulty pinning it down. I assumed it was the smoke detector in the hallway. It was 2 in the a.m. and cold in the house, so I was not about to climb out of my warm nest and to get the ladder and investigate this, plus hubby was sleeping and I didn’t want to wake him up (at 6’4″ he can change the batteries without a ladder).
So next morning, Bill says “I apologize for all the beeping last night. I left my cell phone on and the battery was low.” AAAaaarrrgghh! Damn newfangled electronic objects.
The following evening I heard a different set of beeps, plus every morning at 9:35 this faint alarm would go off somewhere in the bedroom. We tried for several days to locate the culprit, but could not. We finally found the damned thing under a pile of papers on Bill’s night stand – a cheap little clock keychain with a UCLA logo on it that Bill had forgotten about.
I propose that all electronic objects that announce themselves on a regular basis should be kept out of the bedroom and preferably left in the car or a vault someplace in the garage. No more midnight wonderings about the location of beeps! Even R2D2 wasn’t allowed to sleep with the humans!