Friday, October 24, 2008
Mike called me this morning from his parents house around 8:30am -- which is 7:30am in Southern Indiana. I was a little surprised to hear from him so early, but even more surprised when he said, "You're gonna want to blog about this!"
Apparently Charlie woke Mike up early this morning and said, "Dad, I want to get my Nintendo DS." He had left it in the car when they arrived at my in-laws last night.
"I'll get it in a minute," Mike told Charlie as he rolled over to go back to sleep.
A little while later, Charlie woke him again. "Dad, I want to get my Nintendo DS but the door is locked."
Realizing that Charlie had already been outside and didn't know to turn off the security system before he opened the back door, Mike quickly got up. Heading downstairs in his boxers and t-shirt, he saw the back door standing open and heard the soft "beep-beep-beep" of the alarm system, indicating that the silent alarm had been triggered.
Mike walked to the back door and reached for the knob of the storm door just as a police officer was reaching for the knob on the other side of the storm door. The officer moved back quickly and put his hand near his holster.
"Sorry, Officer, there's been a mix-up," Mike tried to explain. He informed the officer whose house it was and that he was visiting from out of town.
"My son wanted to get his video game from the car and opened the door without turning off the alarm."
The officer seemed unconvinced.
"I can get my driver's license," Mike offered.
"Yeah, you're want to get something," the officer answered, though upon hearing the story, I wondered if the officer was referring to Mike's driver's license or his pants.
"The security company has already called a neighbor to come over, too," the officer informed Mike.
The neighbor turned out to be Buck, Mike's 89-year-old grandmother who said, "Well, now I know that you made it to town!"
A few minutes later, the officer was on his way to a real emergency, Charlie was breathing a sigh of relief that he wasn't arrested, the rest of the house was awake and hungry from all the excitement, and I had a topic for today's blog entry.