Safety, Safety, Safety

I was writing last night and I had about three new pages of material when the power went out. Of course I hadn’t saved it. So I had that going for me. That’s when the cop strolled up the driveway.

“Your security alarm was going off.”

“Oh, I didn’t think it was activated.”

“It is.”

“Yes, officer. Thank you. Everything is fine. The power went out.”

“Have a good night.”

“Thank you, Sir.”

It was midnight when the power came back on. Josh had gone to work. I turned off the lights and went back to sleep. When I woke up this morning, I let the dog out the back door, and it tripped the security alarm again. I hadn’t had my morning coffee. I don’t know who was shouting louder, me or the security alarm. That’s when the cop showed up again. I answered the door in my jammies.

“Good morning, Sir. Everything is fine. I just can’t seem to deactivate the alarm. I’ll call the security company right away.”

“Oopsie.” He said that because while I was explaining how I would call the security company, Marlowe ran out the front door. Never enough dog drama in this house, after all.

“Son of a bitch.” I really said that in front of the cop. (If Josh had been there, he would have said, “Literally.” But I would not have laughed.) I explained to the cop, “I mean the dog.”

“I know. Have a nice day.”

I knew I wouldn’t be having a nice day.

When I called the security company, they explained to me that I needed a password in order for them to help me. Since I’m a renter and not the person who set up the account, I explained I didn’t have it.

“I can’t help you until you have the password.”

“That’s super-awesome. Thanks.”

When I called the rental agency and got the password, I called back.

“Oh,” said the customer service lady. “Your account is delinquent by two months.”

“I didn’t know the alarms were active.”

“They are.”

“Yes. Thank you. Please put the balance on my card.”

“Great. Now, how can I help you?”

“I need the code to deactivate the alarms.”

I hate safety.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

9 thoughts on “Safety, Safety, Safety

  1. Same thing happened to me one week while Chris was traveling…except it was Matthew who punched the alarm pad keys to set off the alarm and Alex was just a baby and screamed bloody murder while I tried to get (read: “yelled at”) the alarm company to give me the code. Had to call our landlord to finally get the code. NOT FUN! Let’s just say Matthew stays FAR away from the alarm pad now!

  2. Dear lord.

    This writing-and-power-going-off thing happened once to me and I lost several pages. I called Paul blubbering and bawling and he told me to step away from the computer and not touch it, and when he came home from work he’d purchased some sort of software that got the damned pages from deep memory storage (it was in there!!! I have no idea how!). I heart being married to a geek.

    And then he bought me a battery backup. Power goes off, computer keeps working… YESSS. Get yourself one of those things immediately! OMG, so worth it! (Did I say I heart being married to a geek?)

      1. Yes, I love it! I feel so all-powerful when everything in the house goes off except my computer. I have plenty of time to finish what I’m working on, save and close everything before shuttin’ ‘er down. (Good lord, two apostrophes together — that might not be legal in print, though it’s certainly legal in the spoken word around here…)

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