Thursday, April 27, 2006

e-Spring Harbinger!

I was sitting in my kitchen with friends one balmy afternoon last month when I heard an unfamiliar chirping sound. I looked around and said, "It reminds me of the sound my smoke detector used to make when the battery was dying, but that was before I moved here, where I don't have any smoke detectors." Mystified, I ran through the list of appliance beeps and chirps, and took a quick walk around the apartment looking for the exceptional blinking light. Nothing. When I returned to the kitchen, Lisa shot me an amused look: "Savtadotty, it's a bird. Outside. In a tree."

13 comments:

goldenlucyd said...

The same thing happened here! I looked all over for a mechanical problem when I could have been appreciating a natural wonder. Birdsong. All too rare these days...so sad.
lucyd

Chancy said...

Ah yes, nice to know it was a bird. And aren't we glad that we don't yet live in a "Silent Spring"

peripateticpolarbear said...

Ooh, I wish I could hear birds from my window (honk, siren, trash cans, shouting teens....)Enjoy!

Savtadotty said...

My favorite outside-the-bedroom-window sound is the clip-clopping of an occasional horse-drawn wagon. It's either collecting old appliances or bringing watermelons to market.

Udge said...

Oh, I love this. So funny.

Silly question: are birds seasonal there too? I imagined that Israel would be warm all the time & therefore that the birds would stay year-round.

John said...

Udge - Israel is on the mirgration path of many differnt kinds of birds on their way from Europe to Africa...even some cool green ones: http://johnhleonard.blogspot.com/2005/08/its-bird.html

Heidi said...

Sometimes I wake up to wild turkeys conversing: "Bluck, bluck..."

The Lioness said...

Oh I love it, I love it! You technogeek.

Anonymous said...

*concerned* Why do you not have smoke detectors?

Savtadotty said...

udge - John's answer is the one I wanted to give you. But we do seem to have pigeons year round.

john - thanks. did you know there is a migratory bird watch in Eilat twice a year? You can go down there as a volunteer and band birds all day!

heidi - wild turkeys? Where do you live?

lioness - geeky grandma 'r us!

anonymous - I love your concern! No need for smoke detectors here: old buildings are constructed out of stone, cement, sand, and tile. Newer ones add steel. Hardly any wood. Whenever I hear sirens, I can be 99% certain they're not fire engines.

Anonymous said...

I'm still concerned. Do you mean that because of the bulding materials, fires tend not to spread? But can't fires can still happen within a unit? And can't smoke still spread? Can fire spread through the door of your apartment?

Savtadotty said...

anonymous - yes, that's what I mean. I have a steel door. Each room has at least one window. And then there are 2 balconies. Most apartments here have balconies. I'm really curious about your interest: do you have a personal reason for the concern?

Anonymous said...

I suppose it's simply a foreign idea to me not to have a smoke detector.