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Smoke gets in your eyes

So there I was, enjoying a cozy evening with Thai food, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the Sculptor, trying to ignore the wild party going on next door (complete with Very Loud country music wailing), when suddenly a wild party erupts in my house. I had put a log in the fireplace, my third cozy blaze of the season, and the flames had really started to amp up and then suddenly, the smoke alarm goes off.

That thing is frigging *loud*. And, oh yes, I think I mentioned at some point, it is twenty feet up on the wall in my front foyer. I had totally forgotten to open the flue in the fireplace, and had to do it with with two-foot flames bouncing (this is one good use of those iron fireplace tools). Ooops.

So I opened the flue, the patio door (cue Loud Country Music), the front door, and turned on the ceiling fan. Brrr. The Sculptor ran out and fetched her extension ladder, because as fortune would have it, I had asked her to bring it over so we could hang Christmas lights that afternoon. So she set it up again indoors and heroically climbed to the top to turn off the alarm.

Then we sat and shivered for a while with Loud Country Music playing waiting for the smoke to clear out.

Ah, good times.

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cornerofmadness
Dec. 6th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
well oops
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 7th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Hee. All's well that ends well. ; D
cactuswatcher
Dec. 7th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
That would not happen to me...

Only because there is no way to close the flue above my gas fireplace (by building code). I have to block off the fireplace to keep all the warm air from the furnace from going up the chimney.

Thank goodness most of the loud music at parties in my neighborhood is latino, which I sort of like.

I hope we get the rain they are promising us on the weather reports.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 7th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
I have never heard loud music from these particular neighbors. Or any neighbors in this subdivision, come to think of it. It was very puzzling, and annoying.
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masqthephlsphr
Dec. 7th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
There was no chance of that, since the fire itself was contained, but the smoke alarm of course had no way to know that!

; )P
zargon10
Dec. 7th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Gee, sounds just like a Giles-Jenny date from S2! Congrats on getting the romantic mood just right! heheheh :)
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
There were less monsters than a G+J date.

; D
suzicpa
Dec. 8th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Thats amazing...I thought that since you lived in Arizona, you would be having summery temperatures right now....occasionally wishing I were you....amazing....

:)

Suzi

masqthephlsphr
Dec. 8th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's not entirely predictable. But nights do get cold in these parts in Dec and January. It's about 53 degrees F out right now at 3:30 pm.
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