All Smoke, No MirrorsWoman in the Middle | October 18, 2016
Back when I worked in the city hall of the big city next door, if the fire alarms went off we would have to exit the building using the stairs, cross a parking lot and a major street, and reassemble in our designated area in a nearby park. The fire department would arrive in their hook and ladder trucks, and then, about 20 minutes later, after the all clear was given, we would shuffle back to our desks. Many times this whole event was triggered by a bag of microwave popcorn, left in a microwave until it burned and set off the nearby smoke detectors. It finally resulted in a memo coming down from on high, banning microwave popcorn from the building.
I remembered all of that last night when I tried to make myself some popcorn and inadvertently set the microwave for way too long. I heard a final pop and walked over to find the microwave timer still had over 11 minutes on it! Oh no! It was only supposed to be in the microwave for 1 minutes and 45 seconds! Goodness knows how long I set the timer for.
I opened the microwave and smoke billowed out. I closed it immediately and then turned on the fan over the stove. I then opened it again, grabbed the smoke bomb of a bag and, trailing smoke, went straight for the sliding glass door. Eldest said “Is that really necessary?” I finally got the door open and tossed the bag outside. Eldest answered her own questions with an “I guess so.”
I am happy to report that microwaving the second bag went much more smoothly, But a hint of something that smelled like cigarette smoke hung in the air for the rest of the evening. No wild animal touched the bag on the patio overnight. No surprise there. I am sure it didn’t smell appetizing at all!