Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Weekend!

Ah, it's Thursday, or 'almost Friday' as I like to call it.

As much as I love what I do, I am glad to see the weekend roll around.

We're getting close to con season again and we're looking forward to Emerald City and Stumptown. We're also talking about going to Wonder Con in S.F., but we're not sure if it's doable right now. We will definately keep you posted on that front.

In other news, I discovered that you can set an English muffin on fire if you leave it in the toaster too long. No, nothing happened, but it was frightening and fascinating at the same time. A little tiny flame sprang to life and my brain went 'FIRE' and then went 'Quick, throw water on it!' and then 'No, you're supposed to use salt!' and then 'Isn't that only for grease fires?' etc. until I noticed the little tiny flame was already out.

Ah, excitement.

Anyway, look for another installment of Art the Wanderer on Monday and the usual bloggy goodness the rest of the week.



ElsaPrairie said...

I have had a similar event happen to me that involved a toaster oven and a very flame/smoke charred mini pizza...also have had a flaming electric oven coil...the first involved a bit of panic, the second confusion as I thought our oven light had magically started working again-until it started flickering...

Anonymous said...

The best way to put out almost any kitchen fire (be it oil, English muffin, is to use baking soda. Just dump it over the fire and poof, your kitchen is saved.

Ed said...

Fires in toasters should be considered electrical fires. The first thing you should do is remove the electric.

The best way to do that is situation dependent, but it's likely to be throw the appropriate circuit breaker.

(If you have fuses instead of circuit breakers, and you don't know your way around a fuse box (I'm guessing you don't, since you thought "fire in toaster - WATER!"), the chance that pulling the cord would be best is probably higher - fuse boxes can be dangerous themselves. However, if the fire is between you and the power outlet, pulling the plug is not the way to go.)

*After* you've removed the electric, you can worry about more conventional means of putting out the fire.

Jason Janicki said...

You see, ElsaPrairie, that's why I avoid cooking at all costs. It's just too dangerous! :)

Good advice, Anon, though I would actually need to purchase baking soda for that to be effective ;)

And very good advice, Ed. I do happen to know my way around a fuse box (I occasionally slightly exagerate my own incompetence). The plug would actually be my first instinct, but the fuse box is even better. Thanks again for the advice ;)