Monday, June 30, 2008

The neighbors' alarm

We have these neighbors. They live behind us and a few doors down. They have this unusually high-pitched alarm that apparently malfunctions occasionally, going off at the most annoying times possible. Like 4:30 am. Or right now, 11 pm, when many people are trying to unwind and don't want to hear the human equivalent of a dog whistle, magnified to 120 Db.

Ah. Finally. It's shut off after only 7 minutes. This morning, at 4:30, it went on for at least 15 minutes. When it finally stopped I wasn't sure it was really done because my ears were still ringing. I ended up just getting up and going to the gym early and being tired all day. But that's better than having to hear the same ear-splitting alarm go off 2 more times between 6 and 7 am, as Ray reported.

I wonder about the alarm's purpose. We have a vague theory about these neighbors, that they're political refugees and/or former high ranking officials from a now inhospitable country. They used to have whopping karaoke parties complete with great amplification, good-smelling BBQ, and beret and combat boot-wearing security guards around their front yard. They haven't had such raging parties in a while. Maybe because they are under attack of some kind, which would explain the alarm.

Whoever or whatever you are out there bugging these people, please stop, at the very least between 10 pm and 7 am.

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