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Read-a-thon: Hours 1 & 2

October 18, 2008

It never fails, does it? No kidding, as soon as I’d hit “submit” on my Hour 0 post, at 7:59, all of the smoke alarms in the house started going off. They’re all wired together, so if one goes, all of them go. There was no fire, no smoke, and no way of stopping them. We unplugged and de-batteried the ones we could reach, but there were still a few we couldn’t get to. Called the landlady, who said the regular maintenance guy was out of town, and she couldn’t get her electrician on the phone, so she had to go over to his house, pound on his door, and drag him over here. It eventually got sorted out (one of the alarms spontaneously just decided to die, which then set all of them on the loop off), but I have to tell you, an hour and a half of blaring smoke alarms does not make for a particularly reading-friendly environment.


Just finished The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams – 134 pages read in 1 hour and 7 minutes of active reading time. Current plan is to jot down some notes for my eventual review, visit a few other readers, put my contacts in, and then pick another book.

Thanks to everyone who’s commented so far!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2008 9:12 am

    Ouch! But good for you for making it through it!

    I hope the rest of the day is much more peaceful!

  2. October 18, 2008 9:20 am

    Oh my goodness, so sorry for your alarm misadventure – but at least it makes for a memorable read-a-thon event :)

  3. October 18, 2008 9:30 am

    Our smoke alarms are daisy chained, too, and I didn’t know that when they all went off one day. I couldn’t figure out what was going on.

  4. October 18, 2008 9:50 am

    Oh, my nerves would have been totally shot by now. I hope you have recovered. You are getting some serious reading done so bravo to you!

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