Yesterday I walked 4 miles in the morning. I wasn’t really sure if I would get out and walk or not because let’s be honest, I’ve been kind of cranky since my shin started acting up again, but I need exercise. It soothes my soul.
It also pads my bank account sometimes.
Well, to be honest, it was after my 4 mile walk and during my 1 mile walk with Hank so it still counts. It was four dollars just laying in a bush near the sidewalk.
Okay, he’s right, it was Hank who actually found it but he doesn’t have hands so I picked it up. Also, he doesn’t really understand money and since I buy everything he could ever want, I got to keep it.
Something happened over the weekend that I forgot to tell you about. It happened on Saturday night.
MacGyver and I were watching TV, as usual, and our ring doorbell alert went off for our Nokomis house. We looked at the camera but all we could see was darkness and then we heard some older kids laughing. It was raining in Clearwater so we thought maybe the rain had triggered an alert but then we couldn’t explain the laughing and unfortunately our inside security camera wasn’t working.
So, MacGyver turned the speaker on and tried talking into it to see if anyone would answer. We didn’t see anyone but the laughter got really loud and it sounded like a bunch of people running away. Then we heard something that sounded like it was being moved around. I don’t know why but I convinced myself that they were inside our house and stealing things. And apparently I’m quite persuasive because I convinced MacGyver too.
So I called the police in Venice and explained that my ring doorbell went off and I could hear something that sounded like teenagers laughing and I didn’t know if they were in the house and could they drive by. The dispatcher started asking me tons of questions, like, how many kids are there, are they on drugs, do they have any weapons? And I was like, ‘I can only hear them, I’m not really sure what’s happening.’
And I started to think maybe I shouldn’t have called….
And then MacGyver yelled, “I can see something on the camera” and honestly I was actually glad that maybe I didn’t overreact. But, what he saw were deputies with flashlights milling around the front of the house and the headlights from four of the six squad cars that showed up literally 2 minutes after I called.
And then my phone rang and the deputy informed me that the only thing happening in the neighborhood was a little party with 4 or 5 kids playing in the street and he assured me that my house was completely safe and secure. And then he politely told me that I might want to get some additional lighting for the front yard and fix my inside camera or wait til I actually see something before calling.
MacGyver and I learned two valuable lessons from this experience. One, the police will probably never come to our house again and two, we do watch too much TV and we definitely need to get out more.
Have you ever overreacted to an alert from your Ring Doorbell or another security system?