Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Part 11 (ELEVEN!?) of an installment, exclusive to This Crazy Train, "Meet the Deckers" - Daisy May and CO monitors

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Daisy May and CO monitors

Hidy ho, Ms. Cindy!

Billy Bob here in St. Catharines.  Me and my missus, Daisy May, was off to see her cousin, Juan José, the other day.  When we boarded the bus, we “tapped on” with our newfangled PRESTO cards we bought off Kijiji — we got us a real bargain!

As Daisy May was exchangin’ pleasantries with our driver, she paused and pointed behind the seat, and said, “What’s that doohickey?  It weren’t there before!”  Daisy May was pointin’ at the black stick thing beside the speaker:

After some hummin’ and hawin’, Daisy May finally got it out of the driver that it was a carbon monoxide monitor.  Well, Daisy May’s eyes got real big, and she went quiet and walked direct to her seat.

When I asked her what was wrong, she whispered, “Ms. Cindy’s last article on the DD’s was true.  If they’re puttin’ carbon monoxide monitors inside the bus, the exhaust must be leakin’ in here.”

By the time we got to cousin Juan José’s house, Daisy May was in a real state over what she’d learned.  It took us half an hour and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s to settle her down.  Juan José didn’t understand how puttin’ the monitor in the cockpit of the bus was gonna give a accurate indication of the concentration of the CO in the bus, cuz (i) air from the outside floods in the front when the doors are opened, and (ii) some drivers open the window that’s near the monitor while rollin’ along.

Juan José said not to worry.  Juan José runs a business sellin’ electronic gear, includin’ carbon monoxide detectors.  He had a Pocket CO KWJ 72-9021, kinda like a keychain, but it was expensive.  Juan José is also a electronics genius of sorts.  He said Daisy May could have his DIY version that he made by convertin’ a stud finder.  Well, that made my missus happier than a clam at high tide!

When we boarded the bus for the trip home, Daisy May spotted a CO monitor strapped to the speaker cable conduit above the coat hooks.

It didn’t trouble her none, cuz she was armed with her new carbon monoxide alarm that she showed off real proud like to our driver who kinda got tongue-tied and didn’t know what to say.

Daisy May says you was smart buyin’ that car of yours, Ms. Cindy!

Best wishes,
Billy Bob


Rory said...

Well this is progress. At least they are finally doing something to monitor the air quality on these buses instead of just ignoring the problem.

C.J. Smith said...

I am so relieved there's progress on this.

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