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.”
“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.”
“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.
9 thoughts on “Safety, Safety, Safety”
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!
I’m with Matthew! I’m staying far away. Why do these things always happen when the husband isn’t there for backup?
HAHAHAHAHA!!! i love to laugh at other people’s trauma, since I can’t laugh at my own..
Yup. Me too! 🙂
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?)
Battery backup???? This is BRILLIANT. I love you being married to a geek, too!
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…)
Ah, life in the big city 🙂