A timeless lesson about teething and alarm systems
Just got this email from a friend of mine. Made me laugh out loud.
So when we moved into our house, the previous owners had one of those ADT systems hooked up, and of course when they left they system no longer works and we didn't bother with it at all. We've had the security panel in our house just sitting there attached to the wall. Well James has a molar coming in and had been inconsolable recently. Last night was no exception, and because I was running out of ideas of ways of distracting him i let him poke on the buttons to the alarm. Each time you push one of the buttons the panel lights up and makes a nice beeping sound - James was content.
After a few minutes though a new sound emerged. A very loud ALARM sound - and I realized - holy s**t James set off the alarm! I had no idea about the system or where the hell it came from - I was guessing ADT because of the generic sign in the front of the house. Mark jumped up and looked for the origin of the sound (wires etc) while I Googled the name on the panel. Meanwhile people are coming out of their houses asking if we were ok. The sound was insane. I find a number online and call getting a menu system - keep in mind this is about 9:00pm. The recorded voice on the phone says "If you are having an emergency, press "1"". Well it seemed like an emergency right? I pushed 1. Then the lady says " If your alarm is going off Right now, push '1'" I push 1 and the phone is connected to another voicemail box.
Meanwhile Mark is up in the attic snipping wires - and then - silence. He found the actual horn that was making the noise and disconnected it. I hung up immediately so I have no idea what happens next on the ever-so-handy voicemail system that I called.
Moral of the story - stick with Tylenol during teething periods.