Let me tell you a tale.
A tale of deception.
A tale of confusion.
A tale of a toaster oven.
I've always been a toaster over guy. My parents flipped back and forth between toasters and toaster ovens. Often having both of the counter at the same time. I always leaned toward using the toaster oven. It just was so much more convenient.
So, when I moved out on my own, they gave me a hand-me-down toaster oven. Black & Decker. It lasted a few years, and I replaced it with another B&D. They both had that little lever on the front that when the timer was up, would ding a bell for you. As the years went by, me and my toaster ovens made some great tuna melts, tater tots, and of course, toast.
5 years ago, as I was getting ready to move into my new condo, with the open concept kitchen. I knew the old toaster oven was going to clash. Big time. So I bought this sweet Cuisinart model.
(Not the actual toaster oven. In all honesty, I didn't want to spend the time cleaning up the crumbs and 5 years of burnt on schmootz off it.)
It's a great toaster oven, but one thing: When it finished toasting, it shut off without a sound. Just a subtle CLICK as the element turned off. What's up with that? Even the cheap-o models tell you when they are done. They don't leave it up to you to remember that you toasted some raison bread half an hour ago and it's all cold and gnasty.
About 2 years ago, the strangest thing happened. About twice, when it finished, it beeped. But then we need to cook up some tater tots or something, and when we flipped it back to "Toast", it was silent again.
Until about 3 weeks ago.
After 5+ years, it now has decided to beep when it's done toasting.
And when it first did it, it freaked us the HELL OUT. Nothing like a disembodied "Beep! Beep! Beep!" from the kitchen to get your attention. Well, maybe when you're home, alone, in bed, getting ready to go to sleep, and you hear the terrifying sound of…
The toilet flushing.
But that's a story for another time.