Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Snipe Hunt

Before my first wife and I were married my soon-to-be father-in-law and several of the brothers-in-law (all Aggies, I might mention) said they were going to take me on a snipe hunt. For those who might  have been raised in the big city (I wasn't), that's a fictitious event that involves the "hunter" chasing around hunting the snipe. Fortunately, I knew what they were talking about and so I didn't go on a snipe hunt--we just talked about it.

Recently, I went on a modern version of a similar hunt when at 4 AM (why do these things always happen at that time?) I was awakened by two loud electronic beeps or chirps. I eventually thought that it might be from the battery operated alternate power source that I've left hooked up to my computer. Even though the battery is no longer operative, it has half a dozen electrical outlets that furnish surge protection, so I've continued to use them (because it's too much trouble to unplug them and get another power strip). Because it's under my desk, I have to be careful not to hit the power switch, but it appears that I did, re-activating the alarm feature. Long story short--I found the source of the electronic beeps and fixed it.

I've looked around today and see lots of places which could cause me similar problems--always at 4 AM, it seems. Maybe this is due to our dependence on gadgets--we seem to have an abundance of electronic gadgets around, none of which I'm ready to give up. Have you done anything to avoid such an unpleasant surprise? 


Patricia Bradley said...

Richard, I am forever being dragged out of bed to find a beeping phone that I've left off the hook on purpose. And always after midnight. lol.

Off the hook...I wonder if any of your younger readers will know what I'm talking about. lol

Priscilla Bettis said...

I have very few devices that beep. The timer, if I set it, on the microwave, a text beep on my phone (which is OFF at night), and a laptop beep that goes off when the laptop reboots. So I get to stay asleep at 4 a.m. for the most part. The dear husband has a lot of stuff that beeps, but, heehee, since it's his stuff, he gets to go chase down the mysterious noises.:-)

Richard Mabry said...

This goes to show that the more electronic "stuff" we have, the more chance there is to pay a price for it. Thanks to you both for commenting.