Why do smoke detector batteries always go out in the middle of the night? Never in the daylight?
Why do we go pretend it may stop beeping and we can just go back to sleep? Has this ever happened?
Why do we have nine smoke detectors?
Why do they beep at such a random, intermittent frequency, making it impossible to anticipate the next beep?
Why does the ability to figure out which direction a sound is coming from seem to decline at night?
Why do we have no spare 9-volt batteries in the house?
Why can't we remember if removing the battery from one will make them all go off at once? When they are hard-wired together?
Why do we forget how very, very loud the alarm in the boys' bedroom is?
(FYI: about a zillion decibels, because it's for the Hard of Hearing! And it has a flashing strobe light! Fun!)
Here's a tip that we apparently forgot last October:
Change all your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks on/off daylight savings time, which is about every six months.
That was a freebie, from me to you. Then maybe you can avoid wandering around the house at 1am, getting frozen feet, trying to figure out which smoke detector is beeping, and why - with nine (an odd number!) smoke detectors - do we not have one spare battery? Don't they come in packs of even numbers? This is even more mysterious than the hot-dog and bun conundrum.