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    Minor radioactivity, shminor radioactivity

    January 28, 2009

    D:  What is that sound?
    K:  The fan sound?
    D:  Yes.
    K:  A fan.
    D:  (blank look)
    K:  It’s in the attic.  I heard it all day yesterday but first I thought Pete was doing something crazy with some building or something next door but then it didn’t stop and I had only been in bed for 13 hours at that point so it wasn’t like I was going to get up and tell you about it.  Then at hour 16 when you came in to check to see if I was breathing I was so excited to see you that I forgot to tell you.
    D:  There’s a fan on in the attic?
    K:  Um, yes.  Do fans normally kick on in 30 degree temperatures?  I’m thinking not.
    D:  Maybe it’s the radon fan.
    K:  Huh?
    D:  The fan that removes the radon from the basement?
    K:  And?  Is it something crazy like how out here in the country everyone has 16 different water treatment/softener machines in their basement and the freaks up the street are still boiling their drinking water?
    D:  Probably yes.  Well, technically, I think radon is slightly radioactive but it’s not that big a deal.

    The power of the understatement that is my husband.  Who says this kind of crap?  Slightly radioactive?  All I can see now is someone checking those little pen-like things in our shirt pockets to determine if we should be sent to quarantine.  This is the kind of things you think when you grow up in the shadow (or technically within 20 miles) of a nuclear power plant.  

    K:  Um.  Hold the phone.  What the hell is “slightly radioactive?”  Would that be “we’ll only slightly die in our  beds tonight?” because I swear I would have told you 12 hours ago if I had known that something in the house was radioactive.
    D: I’m sure it’s fine.  We’ll look it up on Google.  I think it really has to build up to affect you and then you have to be in the basement.

    Where I do all my work.  In the now radioactive basement.

    Turns out the fan is going. It’s just attempting to throw a blade or lost a bearing or something else.  No worries.  We bought one for half-price on e-bay because nothing says concern for your family’s safety like cutting monetary corners in these times of economic woes.

    I only have to sell 22 kids tees to pay for the fan to keep my radioactivity down to within federal limits.  Buy up.

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    1. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah says:

      Good lord! We can’t have you being all radioactive.

      I’m on my way.

      January 28th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    2. tvtown says:

      Umm..can I buy one of the radioactive t-shirts?

      January 28th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    3. Domestic Goddess (in training) says:

      Maybe the radioactivity is what makes the shirts so good?

      January 28th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    4. Manic Mommy says:

      Radon leaches in when your house is near ledge. Um, hello? Our basement was blasted into ledge. Yeah. We’ve got radon.

      Six years and counting – no one’s glowing yet. I’m with Derek; eh.

      January 28th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    5. Kimberly says:

      Hang on…are the tees I bought going to be radio active, too?

      That could be a deal breaker.

      January 28th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    6. Susie Sunshine says:

      They probably GLOW IN THE DARK! You should up the price!

      January 28th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    7. Jess says:

      To be fair…I did as for EXTRA lead in my shirts…a little radon would be just fine with me.

      January 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    8. Jess says:

      sorry that was supposed to be ASK not as.

      January 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    9. Julie says:

      Well jess and i bought almost half that many today between the two of us. After all what are friends for if not to keep friends from becoming radioactive.

      January 28th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    10. Meg says:

      We have one of those radon remediation systems in our house. There’s a gauge with liquid in it and as long as the amounts are NOT level, we’re good to go and the system is working. But then again, how would we know? Radon is the silent killer!

      Have that checked out, dude.

      January 29th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    11. thehusband says:

      The lead in 100 percent cotton shirts will protect you from the radon just like at the dentist office.

      January 29th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    12. deichmans says:

      Just remember, more people have died from coal mining than nuclear power.

      Those cotton tees have a trace amount of radioactive isotopes, too — just like the carbon in our body. (Just wait ’til Congress gets wind of this — they’ll be mandating radiation testing as well in CPSIA-II!)

      January 31st, 2009 at 8:03 am

    13. Crystal says:

      I gave you an award here

      I love your blog 🙂

      February 2nd, 2009 at 10:30 am

    14. jenn says:

      Sounds like you have a new twist on your business! “It’s a radioactive” lol!

      February 2nd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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