Yes, Cyb and Tim, I managed to set off the smoke alarm while putting breakfast together. I put some bread in the microwave to defrost and went to help Lloyd with his blood work-up (as he's diabetic, he has to test his blood glucose three times a day). I thought I set the oven for a short time on very low heat, but it apparently ran until it set the bread on fire, which set off the smoke alarm. A bit of baking soda, much bustling about, several fans at open doors and a couple of scented candles later, the microwave oven is out on the patio waiting to go into the shed until next summer's community pick-up day. Everyone is unharmed and the scent of smoke will linger until I get some fabric spray.
This is not the first time this microwave has done this—running on long after the time for which I set it. Actually, breakdown of this unit should have been expected. It is, after all, nearly 30 years old: older than Cybil, I think. Not as old as the house, as we had another microwave when we moved here 30 years ago. That one had dials for the timer and heat set-up. The one I just set fire to was completely digital with the buttons behind a membrane so no spilled food would get stuck in the control panel. Heaven knows what bells and whistles they have now.
The word of the day for October 5, 2008 is "incendiary" — Pronunciation: \in-ˈsen-dē-ˌer-ē; -ˈsen-də-rē, -dyə-\
Inflected Form(s): plural in·cen·di·ar·ies
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin incendiarius, from incendium conflagration, from incendere
1 a: a person who commits arson : arsonist. b: an incendiary agent (as a bomb). 2: a person who excites factions, quarrels, or sedition : agitator.
Our quote for the day is from Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 1, p. 25 (April 23, 1994):
Prosecutors insist they are mounting a “thorough investigation,” which sometimes means thorough and sometimes, historically, has meant long enough to let the fire burn down in an incendiary case. A thorough investigation is fine; an interminable one is disgraceful.; Jan