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November 19, 2007


The person who invented this burglar alarm should be locked in a dark box and forced to listen to it on repeat for the rest of their life.

My sound recording is pretty crappy. To get the full effect of what it is like to hear this alarm in our living room/bedroom, put on a pair of giant headphone and crank the sound level completely up.

Note: The warehouse across the street from us has this alarm. About a month ago, it went off from 10pm until 8am. The alarm went off again tonight, however when we opened the window we realized that yet another building on the block uses the same system. I'm surprised by this, as the only effect that the alarm seems to have is the dramatic increase of nearby residents' violent impulses. I have this fantasy of finding the phone number of the warehouse owner and playing this recording on their answering machine for 10 hours straight.


In other news...


Olive has invented a new way of lounging. We call it boneless chic.

Posted by callalillie at November 19, 2007 8:33 PM | City Life , Feline Musings


The sweatshirt makes the shot complete -- 100 years of invertebrate felines on top!

Posted by: Jen at November 20, 2007 12:16 AM

It shouldn't be hard to track him down. Check the property tax records online, find his name, and then Google him or go to or something.

Posted by: Joanie at November 20, 2007 8:18 AM

Hah! Indeed. That would make a great companion t-shirt.

Joanie- I think I actually found the owner one night when I was wide awake from the incessant alarm noise...but didn't want to made a phone call in the heat of anger! I know that several people have called 311 about it in the past, however when you call them they say that you have to speak with 911 because it's a burglar alarm going off- and I've never wanted to tie up the emergency line with a noise complaint.

Posted by: corie at November 20, 2007 9:12 AM

Substitute Barnard for Smith and swap out the orange tabby for a black and white cat and you could have the same picture in my household. :)

Posted by: Janine at November 20, 2007 10:02 AM

ha! i was waiting for the J train at the lorimer stop when this alarm sounded in a building underneath me. it just kept going and going. i like how it sounds like the installing agency is supposed to edit in their name at the "you have violated an area protected by ... A Security Company!" point. the way the guy says 'leave immediately' is hilarious. i mean, if you hear it once or twice.

did you ever see the movie "The Ref"? at the beginning, Dennis Leary is cracking a safe when he sets off the alarm, which is just the "Burglary! Burglary! Burglary!" part. that's comedy!

Posted by: ChrisG at November 20, 2007 12:03 PM

Max does that, too. We call it his Superman pose.

Posted by: liz at November 20, 2007 4:42 PM

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