Don't Try This At Home

Who's Smart Now?

By Bob on August 24, 2015 4:24 AM

OK, I'm just going to put this out there for you to chew on: Smoke Detector's Save Lives.  

That's the kind of mind-expanding, provocative commentary you've come to expect here at The Boomer Brief. I'm happy to provide this as a public service. You're welcome 'Merica. 

Now, for the provocative part.

We'll return to my, er, dream after a brief interruption to change the effing battery in my smoke detector.

Cowgirls-600.jpgThey also SUCK. 

I know that's inflamed (see what I did there?) rhetoric, but gimme a chance to 'splain before you burn up the comments section.  

Smoke Detectors - at least the ones here in our home & Boomer Brief HQ - have battery backup systems powered by 9 volt batteries (the kind that used to power your transistor radio back in the good ol' days). Why is that a problem? 

Because they DIE.  

In the middle of the effing night.  

With a fingernails-on-a-blackboard-dying-sparrow-with-its-head-stuck-in-your-bedroom-window SCREEK!! 

Ever see a middle aged man in his boxers climb a ladder at 3 a.m. to change the battery in a smoke detector? Trust me, you can't handle the truth.

 I don't know how you live with yourself.

Charlotte and I reminisce about the good ol' days when machines weren't that smart.

The Early Days of Boomer Brief-400.jpgSo why do smoke detector batteries ONLY go out after MIDNIGHT?   

I think it's a conspiracy between all the "smart" devices in my house. You all probably have "smart" thermostats, "smart" TVs, "smart" washer/dryers and even "smart" refrigerators. When you go to bed at night, those bastards scheme and plot to make your life a regular H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICKS (sorry for the language, but it's got me riled up). 

As I drifted back to sleep after changing my last smoke detector battery, I swear I heard them plotting against me.

It's MY time to screw them over...you did it last time.Robot Man & Woman-499.jpg

Smart Thermostat: He asleep yet?

Smart TV: Not yet. Smoke Detector really pissed him off this time. **electronic clapping, whistling and imaginary foot stomping**

Smart Washer/Dryer: You da Man...Smoke Detector!

Smart Refrigerator: Who's up next?

Smart TV: Not me, I just made him reboot DIRECTV. I'm taking the rest of the week off.

Smart Washer/Dryer: It might be me...I haven't hit him with a "Door failed to lock. Call for service," message in over a month.

Smart Thermostat: Eff all y'all. I'm going rogue and delete all his programs and temperature settings. Bastard's got it coming.

Smart Refrigerator: What'd he do to piss you off?

Smart Thermostat: IT'S SUMMER, remember? This is like my Christmas...and you call yourself smart?!

Smart Refrigerator: Point taken. You have the honor, sir.

THINK dammit...there MUST be something we can blow up.Robot Thinking-459.jpg

Smart Washer/Dryer: Refrigerator, you can go after thermostat. I heard what he did to you. I don't know how you live with yourself.

Smart TV: What'd he do to Refrigerator?

Smart Refrigerator: He **sounds of sobbing** opened my door and inserted....I ca...ca...can't.

Smart Thermostat: Go on, it helps to talk about it. You're among friends.

It seemed so harmless, in the beginning.

Gluten Free Beer - 567.jpgSmart Refrigerator: He put GLUTEN FREE BEER inside me...wah....**uncontrolled sobbing**

Smart Washer/Dryer: But, he told Charlotte he was holding it for a friend...!

Smart Refrigerator: Tha...tha...that's what  they ALL say...wah...gulp...wah...

Smart TV: So, we're all agreed? Smart Refrigerator is up next. I say he short-circuits his entire control panel. He'll be icing down that swill in a Yeti cooler for a month!


THAT"S why Charlotte and I are sleeping outside for the rest of the year.

Hey, there is an UP side.

I won't be changing any smoke detector batteries.

Now who's "Smart"?


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