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Was awakened at 2:30 am by my smoke alarm chirping.  Beep.  .  . beep. . . beep. . . Like the world's most obnoxious canary.  Not going off, warning of a fire.  Nope, just beeping, about once a minute.  Can't get back to sleep, so go hit the computer to check DW and LJ.  To make my misery complete, the Niaspan kicks in.  For those unfamiliar with this miracle of modern pharmacology, Niaspan has the interesting side effect of causing a severe, sunburn-like flushing.  All over.  It's PAINFUL.  And to add insult to injury, thanks to the gene complement of my Japanese mother, I don't GET sunburned.  *sigh* 

Smoke alarm stops chirping at 4:30.  I drag myself back to bed and go to sleep.  Until 6:30.  Beep. . . beep. . . beep. . .  The gods obviously hate me today.  I get back up, hoping this will go away again.  10:00.  Nope, not going away this time.  I check the internets, who inform me that this is probably just the alarm wanting its battery backup replaced.  Problem - bedroom smoke alarm is on a 12 foot recessed ceiling.  I have a 4 foot stepladder.  Let's see - am I still stupid enough to climb on the top step of a ladder, as they expressly tell you not to do, and will it be enough.? Checks.  Nope, and nope.  *sigh*  

Knock on downstairs neighbor's door to see if they have a ladder I can borrow.  They're not home.  Realize that the nearest place I might be able to buy a ladder is Target.  On Black Friday.  Briefly contemplate taking a sword and the four foot stepladder and impaling the smoke alarm.  Realize that this could potentially cause the whole alarm system to go off.  Go to Target.  No ladder.  *sigh*  

Come back home, check Craigslist, call the first handyman, who wants $80 to come out and change the battery.  Say fine.  Am now, for reasons inexplicable but strangely inevitable, horrendously sick.  Headache, nausea, forehead sweaty-but-cold-to-the-touch sick.  Lie on couch moaning until handyman shows up.  Brings in ladder, changes battery, alarm shuts up.  Pay very nice man, fall into bed and sleep the sleep of the sick and the damned. 

And now, I feel better.  And I am thankful for online yarn sales, and Amazon discounts on DVDs, and a smoke alarm that will shut up.  And the pot of chili that is simmering on my stove, and the fact that I no longer feel physically incapable of eating.  Happy Black Friday, y'all!

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tricksterquinn
Nov. 28th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Oh dear! I'm sorry for such an ordeal, but glad you feel better now!
lawrence520
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Whee! Thanks, and thanks for sharing Band of Brothers! Was fun.
tricksterquinn
Nov. 30th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed! I know I can get a bit overenthused (and singleminded) when I'm into something...
artaxastra
Nov. 28th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry! First that you felt terrible, and secondly that your smoke alarm was being...strange. Is it bad that I kind of wish you'd skewered it?
lawrence520
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Skewering the smoke alarm does seem to have been the response of choice for several folks. I would've, except that I was afraid it might set the whole system off, which would've sucked.
recran
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Ugh! I probably would've skewered it. lol
lawrence520
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Thought about it - didn't want to set the thing off. Was terribly unpleasant, though.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 7th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
That is one of the most annoying sounds ever and ours sets off the alarm if we try to simply remove the battery. We have one alarm in the stairwell, meaning the only way we could change it would be to put ladder on stairs. (Like to have the installer's home #!)

Our alarm system is wireless and has a lot of batteries, so we pay the extra bucks to have THEM in charge of changing batteries. As you discovered, they always conk out in the wee hours of the morning. If only they'd come out at 3am....
lawrence520
Dec. 9th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
You seem to have found a more elegant solution than I ended up using - will have to see if there's any way I can get the alarm folks to come out and change all the batteries (so I don't have to do this again anytime soon)!
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