Now, multiply it by 100,000 and it repeats every 10 seconds ... Know what you have?
Answer: A smoke detector with a faulty battery.
Coincidentally, that's what we had ... on Halloween night. Actually, we had at least two. It sounded like Angry Birds were unleashed in the bedroom ceiling.
It happened at about 11PM.
Debbie and I were just heading to bed. Trick or Treaters had finally stopped ringing the doorbell (The little guys go home at 7 ... the teenagers at 9 ... the druggies still hang out till 11). We dragged ourselves to the bedroom when ...
BEEP! CHIRP! BEEP!
"Oh crap", I said.
"I'll get the batteries," Debbie calmly replied as I dragged the ladder out of the garage and slammed my knee in the process. I muttered more obscenities.
"You know, Joel ... you always curse when you have to fix something in the house."
"Excuse me? I do not." Hobbling, I put the ladder under the first beeping smoke detector, climbed the steps and tried to unscrew the ridiculous plastic disc that wants to pull away from the ceiling instead of coming apart.
"Yes ... you do. You never just fix things without cursing."
"Sorry, I should have said ... 'Oh honey, I think I'll just fly up this ladder and replace this little battery to quiet our precious smoke detector'... right?" Just as I finally got the disc opened, the battery flew out and hit Debbie right on top of the head.
"SON OF A ... (she couldn't bring herself to say bitch) !!!"
"Sorry honey (suppressing laughter). It just flew out ... can you ... um ... hand me another battery?" Maybe I was living dangerously at that point. Fortunately, Debbie has terrible aim and I was comforted by the fact that she was as annoyed by that sound as I was. She handed me the battery.
I slipped the new one in and closed it up. I moved to the next beeping one and did the same thing.
"Okay ... that's that. Let's go to bed."
We looked at each other silently. I took the ladder out and started all over again. "Are these new batteries?" I asked.
"Of course they are."
"How many do you have?"
"A few. Why?"
"I might have to replace all of these."
"No you don't."
"I did last time until they all shut up."
"You only did one last time."
"I did not."
"Did you put it in right."
I didn't answer. I just repeated the process.
I did it again. I put newer batteries in. I talked to it, coddled it ... all but kissed it. It was quiet. We waited.
I said, "Okay ... I think that's got it."
"Good, let's go to sleep ... and don't curse any more."
We turned out the lights.
Debbie sat up in the bed then covered her ears with the pillow as she screamed: "SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!"