During my preteen and teen years, my room
was located in the basement directly beneath my parents’ bedroom. Every so often, as I did my homework, listened to music or as I lay in bed going to sleep, it would begin. Very slowly:
ER-EEE. . . . . ER-EEE.
Oh, no, I would think. Here we go again.
ER-EEE. . . . .ER-EEE.
The first few times, I would listen in fascinated horror, eyes wide, hand over my mouth.
ER-EEE. . . ER-EEE. . .ER-EEE.
Within moments, the speed and intensity would increase.
And then faster. . .
ER-EEE! ER-EEE! ER-EEE! ER-EEE! ER-EEE!
Then the home stretch:
And silence.Those were the longest 15 second time spans ever.