What is ordinary about the setting in the story "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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Although this story takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where the year is 2026, there are some parts of the setting that you would recognize.

The story takes place in Allendale, California, on August 4.  There is no official town called Allendale, although it is a neighborhood of Oakland, California.  California certainly exists and August is the name of a month we still use.

Although many of the house’s features are automated, they are things that are recognizable elements of our own setting.  The alarm clock may talk, but we all have alarm clocks.  The house talks about birthdays, which we celebrate.  They still celebrate them in 2026.  This house also makes a breakfast that we would recognize.

In the kitchen the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh and ejected from...

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