Do dishwashers set on fire for other people? Is that like a common problem?
It's important to know that I don't respond well to emergency situations. When I heard loud popping and saw billowing smoke coming from the kitchen the other day, my initial reaction was to run around screaming fuck for 30 seconds. There's no stop, drop, and roll procedure for kitchen appliances so I thought the running/shouting obscenities combo was solid. I was nervous that the smoke would set off the alarm so I started flapping my arms like an idiot, and jumping a little as I did it, thinking that this too was part of the plan. When I finally decided to open the dishwasher door and kitchen window, I noticed our smoke alarm on the window sill without any batteries in it. I looked at it, bit my lip and nodded. Talking to myself I said, "So it looks like the jumping wasn't necessary."
Our landlord responded to an email about the smoking dishwasher by saying, "Please don't attempt to use the dishwasher."
Thanks for that.
Anyway, I'm still waiting for him to get here, but it's always nice to have a minute to reflect.