Where's the Beep?

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 141871

Where's the Beep?


We had a mysterious "beep" going on in our home.  It was not loud, very quiet.  It would "beep, beep" twice and then about 5 minutes later, do it again.  It wasn't loud enough to interrupt a conversation but those "beeps" that we hear from our electronic devices are SUPPOSED to be important, otherwise why does the manufacturer set it to "beep"?  Sometimes it's pre-set with no way to turn it off and on some things we have choices. 


I could not find that beep.  But it finally stopped on it's own.  (As an aside, many of you are not old enough to remember the commercials in 1984 "Where's the Beef?"... but that's what I thought of when I began to look for the "beep".)


I had checked every "beeping" thing we had when I was looking for it.  The number of "beeping" items in our home was a little surprising, and I probably missed a few.  I know I missed at least one, or I would have found what was beeping!


It was amazing the number of beeps that are pre-programmed into our home. We have become so accustomed to all of the beeping that we usually just ignore them. I began to think of all the "beeping" things we do have:





I started in the kitchen... The Coffee Pot, requires the cancel button and start button to start a pot of coffee.  It beeps once for each button... Then when it finishes it beeps 5 times...  Yes, I said FIVE! And it's loud.. so once would be sufficient.  My coffeepot must have an either an insecurity problem or feelings of inferiority, to demand that much attention!




The Dishwasher beeps when you press buttons to change the cycle, beeps when you press the start button, and beeps again when it stops. 

Usually we end up with 4 beeps to finish washing the dishes. 

Yes, I said FOUR!  :)  It may have a bit of an insecurity problem or an inferiority problem but not quite the issue that the coffee pot does. 




The Clothes Washer beeps when you start it and beeps when it finishes... only two beeps.  Now that's more like it!   It's personality is a little better to deal with on a daily basis! 

You can kinda' ignore it, at least for awhile and it doesn't get too upset.




The Clothes Dryer  is even better adjusted mentally.  It only beeps once when finished, but then if you don't pay attention to it, it will beep again in a few minutes and continue to spin around with no heat.. it's "beep" sounds more like a "buzz", so it's got it's own thing going on!


That new Microwave, now... it's a totally different story.  I still haven't figured out how to microwave a baked potato in it.. there's usually a potato button but not on this one.  It beeps whenever it has a mind to.. 



Two Cell Phones in the house and we all know how those things go off at the most inconvenient time, like when you're sleeping.  Beeps, twangs, music, alarms, alerts, BUT at least most of the time, I can turn a sound off after I google how to do it.



Those Computers, I don't even know how many we have right now, six I think...  but they don't do much "beeping" they're pretty quiet, for most things, we have the sound turned off unless someone has a video or a game of some sort going.


Then there are those incessant smoke alarms with dead batteries!  We catch them fairly quickly because they truly are never ending!


I have realized I do not really have enough free time available this morning to dwell on all the beeping things in our home....  I haven't even started to count the beeps coming out of Ipads,TVs, Doors, Security System, etc... and then we get into our cars and I swear that 4Runner beeps at me when I look at it wrong!


Some of our "beepers" (Which used to be a term applied to pagers... is it still?  Does anyone these days carry a pager?) go off when we are supposed to have them turned off such as in church and meetings.. but there's usually someone's pocket that start singing one of the latest songs, which makes it easier to identify who didn't turn their phone off.  Then there are those cases where there's a beep in a meeting and everyone checks their phone... Ha!

BUT I RAMBLE (and I Must get off of this "beeping" thing and go to work)... and it's time to bring this little "good morning" blog post to an end.  Hope you've enjoyed my rambling... you've got your own stories about all of the beeping in our lives... everyone does! 


Comments (19)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Been there...beeped that ...and then ....the beep of silence !

Mar 10, 2018 05:58 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Sometimes I am thankful when a battery runs out...

Mar 10, 2018 06:00 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Judi. I have been there too and it is annoying and perplexing. My first go to is always the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Mar 10, 2018 06:02 AM
1~Judi Barrett

I hate pulling the batteries out of the smoke detectors to stop the beeping when I don't have fresh batteries.. but have been known to do that.

Mar 10, 2018 05:05 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Funny post on all of our beeping household items - our refrigerator also beeps at us if we leave a door open. 

Mar 10, 2018 06:53 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Oh, you mean I missed out on one HaHa..  so glad mine doesn't.. there's enough beeps around here.

Mar 10, 2018 05:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There's no question that with advancing technology more thing beep in our homes than they once did.  My new LG dishwasher plays a delightful little tune when the cycle is complete.  

Mar 10, 2018 07:18 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Anna Bannana said hers did too!  I don't think my Bosch does but it beeps.

Mar 10, 2018 05:04 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

We have the same... :) 

Mar 10, 2018 04:24 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Judi,
I hadn't thought about all the bleeping beeps in our life but you're right... they are everywhere.  Fun post.

Mar 10, 2018 07:46 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Thank Goodness that Active Rain doesn't beep at us!

Mar 10, 2018 05:03 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Judi.

Been there, done that.  Good luck, it took me three days to find the beep at our home.  Carol Williams here you go my first nomination for next Saturday

Mar 10, 2018 07:57 AM
1~Judi Barrett

At least you found it! 

Mar 10, 2018 05:02 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Judi,

And as a reminder to set the clocks back to also check the batteries in the smoke detector! Beep Beep!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 10, 2018 12:26 PM
1~Judi Barrett

I cannot believe that we are already to daylight savings time! 

Mar 10, 2018 05:02 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Judi oh my goodness you cracked me up with this post. This is so the modern day household - full of beeps.  The first time I heard our new dishwasher finish it beeped and then did a musical number for me! Isn't that special!!

Mar 10, 2018 02:48 PM
1~Judi Barrett

Ha!  Now if only they would let you choose the music!  I think I've got something in my house that sounds like a cricket OR I've got a cricket behind the refrigerator... :)

Mar 10, 2018 05:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Judi- omg I love this post!!! And even though it's not in our house but our Prius has an ever so soft ding when you need gas. The first time we heard it, we looked at our phones and had no idea what it was. It's very soft and if you miss it you're out of luck...or out of gas. 

Mar 10, 2018 04:55 PM
1~Judi Barrett

Sometimes my 4 Runner is beeping at me and won't let me lock the doors.  One time it was because I still had my usb cord plugged into it and the very back window was slightly down. 

Mar 10, 2018 05:06 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Judi. I am both laughing to myself and nodding in agreement. 


Mar 10, 2018 05:13 PM
1~Judi Barrett

I wonder if we can even buy any piece of equipment that has technology as part of it that doesnt beep??

Mar 10, 2018 05:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett - This just happened to me. I thought I was going crazy because I couldn't find the beep! It was somewhere inside my garage and would scare me every time I was in the garage. I was beginning to think I was under surveillance and didn't know it. But I found it. It was the box in the garage inside a case for Verizon (phone, TV, Internet). The battery was low. Verizon was replaced with Frontier in my area and when I called them, they couldn't help. But I found Battery's Plus and got a replacement and instantly, the beeping stopped. 

As you say, we are being beeped. It is as if we are being beamed and we don't even know it. 

Mar 10, 2018 08:12 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My car works on 'beeps" that share, warn & remind assuming you speak beep

Mar 11, 2018 06:23 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Hi Judi, I enjoyed your humorous post about all of the beeping in our lives. I hadn't really thought about just how many of them we have going off at all hours of the day and sometimes night. 

Mar 11, 2018 09:55 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

This really made me think about how many items we have that beep at us! Yikes! LOL 

Mar 11, 2018 01:47 PM
Mary Jo Quay
EXP Realty - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

You forgot the ones that talk back. My Google home started talking to me the other day when I was home alone and talking on the phone. I was sure that somebody was in the house. 


Mar 11, 2018 01:50 PM
Jason Boone
Duke Warner Realty - Bend, OR
Principal Broker, CRIS, RENE, SRS, PSA

Been there, done that!  Thank you for sharing.  Cheers!

Mar 13, 2018 09:10 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

When our power was out last week during the storm we got a beeping in the middle of the night, cannot sya it woke us up, the cats had done that, but it stopped us going back to sleep. We had no power so waht was beeping, the battery back up on the garge door opener, and it went on and on till I went down, moved the car out and disconnected the battery. Bliss! Love your post, very funny especially the feelings and emotions you portray on the machines.

Mar 13, 2018 11:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Judi

This was pretty funny and entertaining, but so true. It really is pretty amazing when you start thinking about all the sounds our homes, and devices, can make.


Mar 13, 2018 02:22 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Great post Judi!  It kept me laughing 😂 

Mar 13, 2022 10:57 PM