The Ottumwa Courier

Opinion

June 19, 2013

Beep-tech

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Then there is the microwave. What a nuisance. I’ll put in a cup of coffee to warm up. But if I don’t retrieve it right away, the microwave will keep emitting beeping reminders until I open the door. Same with the “smart” oven. When pre-heating, it will beep when it reaches the correct temperature. Then the kitchen timer will beep when the food is done at the pre-set temp. And keep beeping and keep beeping until I open the oven door.

But wait, that’s not all. If I don’t turn off the oven right away, I will keep receiving beeping reminders.

OK, I know these are all helpful safeguards. My daughter, who I think works part time as an OSHA inspector, alerts me to potential hazards in my home. Nothing like becoming a new mom and being acutely attuned to the dangers all around us. Nope, she said, you can’t re-heat the casserole leftovers she brought in a plastic container. Not safe. So we put it in a ceramic dish.

And Mom, she said, how old is this hair dryer? See all this lint? I wondered what that was. Okay, maybe it is time for a new one.

And you’ll have to move the coffee table when Max starts walking, she advises. And make sure your dehumidifier in the basement is not standing in water. Oops!

Now, why didn’t that beep?

When I burned the waffles in the toaster, did anything beep? Nope. The smell of burning alerted me to check the toaster.

And my new dryer ... does it beep when the drying cycle is finished? Nope. My old one sure did, again and again and again.

And my new car ... does it beep when I am backing up too close to an object? Nope. My old one did and saved me many a mishap.

So, there are beeps and then there are beeps. Some we want. Some we need. And some that are just a pain.

When the waffles overtoasted, where was the beep when I needed it?

Judy Krieger is a retired Courier editor.

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