||[Sep. 9th, 2007|12:21 pm]
Wizard of Changes -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2015
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Yesterday afternoon I went out to the land. When I got there I found the chain across the driveway had been cut at both ends and taken. I stopped right there, out of sight of the house and called 9-1-1. As I did so, I made an awful discovery. My new cell phone, which I have finally begun to adjust to, has a terrible feature. When you dial 9-1-1 and hit send, it emits a loud siren-like alarm. This was in spite of the fact that I had made sure that every sound-emitting feature the phone had was shut off. In general, a loud alarm is the last thing I want when I call 9-1-1. If I can't get this "feature" shut off, I may end up returning the phone.
Back to the cut chain and all...It took the cops about ten minutes to get there. I let them go down the driveway ahead of me. We searched everywhere, but there was no evidence of theft, vandalism, or off road activity. I considered that they may have only wanted to steal the special $300 "cut-proof" chain, but there was an identical chain across the other driveway opening a few feet away that was untouched. They may be planning to come back. I just don't know.
So, withasmittenkitten 's help, I located the nearest Home Depot where I went bought some new chain. By the time I got back to the land it was dusk, so I decided to just put the chain on and leave. As I was attaching a no trespassing sign to the chain, a car came down the road toward me. (Note: The road is a dead end. The only exit is the driveway which I had just chained off.) Usually when this happens, I get a exhilarating rush of adrenaline and duck into the bushes to see what the bad guys do. But this time I got totally spooked. I jumped into the truck and was considering ramming them head-on, but before I got it started, they saw the truck and backed off and drove away. I finished putting the sign up and headed home.
EDIT: I realized why I didn't jump into the bushes and hide when the car came down the road. It was because I no longer felt I could hide and quietly call 9-1-1 for help. That stupid 9-1-1 alarm sucks. I called Verizon, and they said they have no way to turn off that feature bug. I'm going to call the manufacturer tomorrow and see if they have a fix.