Monday, March 24, 2008

Special Delivery

Our doorbell has never worked properly. We're not sure why, or what it would take to solve the problem, and it's never been particularly high on our list of situations we're eager to explore. Especially now that I work from home, I'm okay with missing the myriad opportunities that present themselves each day for me to dash down three flights of stairs with THAT DOG in close pursuit, to find only a teen selling overpriced candy bars/a Jehovah's witness selling a time share in some alternative universe/or the UPS man wanting to know if I'll accept delivery of the latest twenty-seven pound "Hams from Across the World" package for my neighbor so it won't be sitting out on her porch in the sun all day. When friends come by the house, they call to let us know they're downstairs. It's a system where everyone wins.

So you can IMAGINE my surprise when--at approximately 10:27 last Thursday morning--the sound of a doorbell rang throughout our condo. THAT DOG shot straight up in the air like she'd been set on fire, then bounced from wall to wall, looking at me frantically as if to say, "FINALLY! My people are here to adore me! Let them in! Let them in!"

I guess I'm a bit more jaded than THAT DOG, because I couldn't think of a single person who would stop by at 10:27 on a Thursday morning to adore either of us. So glanced surreptitiously out the front window to see who might be lurking below...and what superpowers he/she/it had that had caused this ringing sound.

Our street was clear, except for the Fed Ex truck parked in front of a house that sits kitty-corner across the street. That's when I saw what had caused this commotion: each time the Fed Ex guy reached for the little button next to their door, OUR doorbell rang.

It's the squirrel. I'm convinced of it.

17 comments:

Michelle & the City said...

that is so weird! but i wouldn't put it passed that little guy ;)

haha

Sarakastic said...

our doorbell randomly rings in the middle of the night when our neighbors use their garage door opener.

JenKneeBee said...

Ack! It MUST be the squirrel!

L Sass said...

My parents' doorbell used to ring when we practiced piano... if we got really into it. Guess it just wanted to chime in with the music!

Jess said...

Someone else recently posted about their office doorbell somehow being rigged to the building doorbell downstairs and how they thought someone very speedy was playing a practical joke on them. Doorbells are weird.

Vanessa said...

This is too funny! I think I have that same dog, except mine came in a set of two. The doorbell goes off and they are convinced that I am unable to hear it. They consider it their DUTY to notify the NEIGHBORHOOD our doorbell has rung.

Beck said...

Oh my gosh, you're so funny!

Patti said...

i sooo miss my dog doing that when my neighbor's doorbell rings. wait...

Lisa-tastrophies said...

Yep, it's the squirrel. They are the sneakiest little buggers around. Had one in our yard (when I was a kid) that would actually move the "Welcome" matt to the tree he lived in!!!

Em said...

that is TOO funny! ...only because I have children, I'm sure, but every time you talk about the squirrel, I think of "Hammy" from Over the Hedge. I picture Hammy running the electrical wires underground and laughing as he does it..hahaha

Michelle said...

As great as dogs are, I need periodic reminders why I don't want to get one right now. This helps ... at least for a few days!

LEstes65 said...

Oh my goodness that is TOO hysterical! Honestly, I think you've been Squirrel Punked.

swtpmarie said...

I hope this isn't true of all townhome/condo situations seeing that I just bought a townhome of my very own! Hence the lack of reading your blog...you'll have to catch me up in person in a few weeks! Be excited!

Two Date Diva said...

Yep squirrels can be evil little creatures that pelt you pecans as you get the groceries out of the car. I would not put it past them to rewire your doorbell.

Susie said...

omg that's hilarious! It's totally the squirrel :)

You might wanna look into that!

Melek said...

how strange....is your doorbell wireless?
my dog used to jump straight up at the Domino's Pizza commercial, when they'd ring the doorbell in the commercial. now that i dont have a doorbell, i dont have that problem. thankfully.

chloe elizabeth said...

What on earth? That is hilarious.