A {Less Than} Ideal Brainstorming Room

You should probably know something about me . . . I do my best thinking in the shower. TMI? I’m sorry, but it’s true. That’s just one of the many reasons why I take ridiculously long showers.

So the other day when I had a business problem I was trying to think through, I decided headed to my brainstorming room to get my creative juices flowing. I guess I was in there for awhile, because I started hearing a strange chirping sound coming from outside the bathroom.

Yes, you guessed it, my “brainstorming session” had set off the smoke detectors! They weren’t full on blaring, but all four of them were definitely chirping loudly and warning me that they were about to go off any minute.

Fire Alarm

Since I live in a townhome, I know my smoke detectors are somehow hard wired to the other units in the building. I’m not exactly sure how this works, and strangely enough, in the six years I’ve lived here, I’ve never tested it. Weird, I know. So basically I was panicking thinking I was going to set everybody’s alarms off and that the fire department would come break down my door and I would end up standing in the street in a towel while trying to explain to my neighbors that everything was ok, and oh, by the way, did they want to hear the great business idea I just had?

Luckily for everyone, a few open windows seemed to do the trick. The smoke detectors settled down and I was able to resume my brainstorming session. The thing is, it didn’t seem to be quite as effective as it had been previously. I guess there is some peace of mind knowing that in the event of a real emergency, my smoke detectors have me covered. On the other hand, it may be time for me to find a new favorite brainstorming spot.


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