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Well, LJ appears to have survived another DDoS-attack...

Last night, the CO alarm started beeping. I didn't know it was the CO alarm at first, having quite forgotten I had one. I tried to muffle the sound by pulling a pillow over my ear, but that didn't work and by first light, I gave up trying to get to sleep. Instead, I went to see if I could find whatever it was that was making such a racket; and there it was, beeping and flashing a red light, in the bottom of the hallway cupboard underneath all the rubbish I tend to shove in there and forget about. I took it out and examined it and as it said to call the emergency services straightaway in the event that it went off on the label, I did just that...only to be told that the alarm was beeping to indicate that its batteries needed changing. Made me feel like a right muppet...At least, I now know what to do if it should ever indicate a real emergency: grab the keys, grab the phone, grab the cats, and get the hell out.

In other news, I got turned down for the job of Quality Coordinator, so the hunt for employment continues. I don't expect to be back in work this year, though.

On a lighter note: I managed to obtain a ticket to David Sylvian, whose Implausible Beauty Tour 2012 will bring him to Amsterdam on March 9th. To me, seeing him in concert is the fulfillment of a long-held dream, and I'm looking forward to it with eager anticipation.


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Nov. 30th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Several years ago, when she was still living alone, I went to visit my grandma and noticed that she didn't have any smoke alarms... so I bought this multipack thing that came with two smoke alarms and a CO alarm and, to be honest, I probably would never have thought about getting her the CO alarm (we didn't even have one at the time) if it hadn't come in a well-priced bundle.

Flash forward a few months and I'm chatting with my grandma on the phone when she starts telling me how that alarm thing I had put in her dining room had gone off a few days earlier... and that the noise "sure made the headache I had even worse." She said she unplugged it and noticed it had writing on the back telling her to open doors and windows if it ever went off. So, even though it was the middle of winter, she opened the windows and doors which, she said, seemed to also make her headache go away. Her conclusion was that she'd just needed a bit of fresh air and she was still wondering why that alarm had gone off.

I have never been so grateful for an impulse buy as I was that day! I explained to her what had happened and why it was important to keep it plugged in... but wow. We figured out later that she'd gotten some treated wood somehow mixed into her woodpile (since she heated her house via woodstove) and the chemicals it had generated carbon monoxide when burned. Scary though! And, needless to say, I went out and bought one for us later that day.
Nov. 30th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Talk about 'there but for the grace of God'!

I threw open all the windows too, as soon as I'd located the source of the noise and read what it said on the label; but according to a friend of mine who works as a 911 despatcher, that was completely the wrong thing to do. Apparently, one is supposed to notify the Fire Department (or contact 911 and they will notify them) and they need the windows to stay shut or they won't be able to pinpoint the source of the carbon monoxide.
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
I cannot but feel that there's something extra-special around the corner for you. Something that uses your talents and doesn't stifle your creativity.
Dec. 1st, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Well, there is the opening for a tombstone salesperson I saw advertised the other day, I suppose...dealing with the bereaved, assisting in the design and overseeing manufacture, delivery and placement...I could do that! It pays peanuts, but I can't help but think it'd be a rewarding job...
Nov. 30th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Job hunting is the pits, for sure.

I'm glad you have something to look forward to, though. That does help.
Nov. 30th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Knowing my luck, I'll probably won't be able to go because of work commitments, though...;-)
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, David Sylvian! That's not a name you hear much anymore.

My smoke alarm is electrically powered with a battery backup and in the middle of one night it started making the most annoyingly loud BEEP!!!!!! every few minutes. Once I woke up enough to figure out what it was and why it was beeping (battery was dead or dying) I had to figure out how to pry it off the ceiling, and then had to hunt down a battery that fit it because it would not shut up until I put a good one in it! Luckily I had a spare one on hand. Not much sleep was had that night.
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, David Sylvian! That's not a name you hear much anymore.

I know, isn't it wonderful? I didn't think he toured anymore!

Glad to know I'm not the only one who's ever had a sleepless night because of a stoopid CO alarm ;-)
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