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Cooking, Smoke Alarms and Cats

July 2nd, 2007 at 03:52am

Good morning John,

I can honestly say that I have never set off the smoke alarm when using the toaster, although I did manage to set off the security alarm (on purpose I might add) during primary school…although that's a story for another day.

I distinctly remember that at my nanny's house the smoke alarm was just outside the kitchen door, and the oven was right next to the kitchen door. This particular smoke alarm was more of a steam alarm than anything else, and it had this rather annoying urge to deafen anyone nearby whenever the oven door was opened.

And I wouldn't know about cats being alarmed by smoke alarms…but I do know that when I was looking after a neighbour's cat which I was allergic to a few years ago, it did not like my singing one tiny little bit. The first time I started singing to it, it froze on the spot…ears up and eyes wide open. The next time I tried to sing to it, it bolted to the other end of the house.

Needless to say, I didn't sing to the cat again!

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

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6 Comments

  • 1. Clayton Northcutt  |  July 3rd, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Samuel, for the next Persiflage, can we have a demonstration of said singing?

  • 2. Samuel  |  July 3rd, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I suppose that could be arranged (not for the one released tonight though)…it was quite similar to the singing in the original Samuel’s Persiflage Intro.

  • 3. Tony  |  July 18th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    My smoke alarm works fine, it’s my door bell that goes off by itself.
    Maybe it’s the otherside trying to contact me, or someone’s remote control playing havoc with my doorbell.
    Still I can’t wait for the battery to empty so I can debate on changing it.

  • 4. Samuel  |  July 18th, 2007 at 8:31 am

    I had the same problem with my doorbell. The battery in the transmitter was almost flat, and caused intermittent erroneous signals to be sent.

  • 5. Tony  |  July 18th, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Fresh battery Samuel, I put an energiser in it and it’s done it since day one.
    Maybe I should have put an el-cheapo one in because if that energiser lasts like they say it does, I’m gonna go bonkers.
    Anyone want a busted door chime?

  • 6. Samuel  |  July 18th, 2007 at 9:39 am

    I think I’ll pass.


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