Paging Mr. Murphy

Why is it that smoke detectors only start emitting their high-pitched, ear-piercing “low battery” warning beeps in the middle of the night? I cannot recall a single smoke detector that ever started BEEP!!!ing at me at a “decent” hour. Always in the middle of my sleep cycle, never mid-afternoon, or during breakfast, or even while watching movies at night.

It is as if there is a small microchip embedded in the device with the sole purpose of making sure it it wakes me in terror when the end of the battery’s life-cycle draws near. In the old days I used to chalk it up to coincidence (in the old days, I used to be able to sleep through it – never a good sign). Surely one of my smoke detectors must have started beeping during the day, right?

The older I get, the more apt I am to give in to conspiracy theories: microchip, motion detector, small logarithm, pre-set life expectancy, you pick your poison. Either way, Murphy’s Law seems to be alive and well.

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