Thursday, June 22, 2006

Strange Occurrences at Casa de Kelly

I came home from work yesterday, all excited to be out of the office and about to embark on my regular walk of the loop. It was a beautiful day and I just wanted to get out for an hour and enjoy it after being cooped up in a pod all day. I go through my usual routine--feed the dog, rush upstairs to change. I whip off my shirt and walk into my closet and while I'm standing there with my hanger in one hand, my shirt in the other, I feel this warm rush of air.

Confused, I look around. Where is this heat coming from? Everything in my closet looks the same. I glance up and my mouth drops open. The chute that leads into the attic has been raised up and pushed to the side. I stand there staring at it for a moment, mentally going through the house and any possible way someone could have broken in. Coop comes into the closet, sits down next to me and looks up as well, completely unconcerned.

Okay. Doors are locked and bolted. Doors were locked and bolted when I arrived home. No trails of blood were found from where Coop, the trusty guard dog would have chewed off a limb of an intruder. Good dog. Any open window was high up off the ground and would have required a very huge ladder to access. Surely the neighbors would have noticed this and no screens were pushed in anyway.

I decide to put my shirt back on just in case. I back out of the closet and close the doors, sliding my laundry basket in front of it. I take a quick peek under the bed then call for Coop to follow me in my normal voice. I get down to the kitchen, pick up the portable phone and walk out onto the deck. I call my parents.

"Strange question," I say when my Dad answers the phone. "Were any of you guys up in my attic today?" Not sure why they would be or if either parent could even have fit through the very narrow chute, but hey, you never know.

"Hmm...well I wasn't," Dad says, "But let me check with your mother." (See I told you it wasn't out of the realm of possibility...) He comes back and says no then asks why. I tell him and he puts on his Dad voice. You know the one. The voice that even from the other end of the phone you can just picture them hooking their thumbs in their suspenders and rocking back on their heels, their brow furrowed in serious thought as they are about to level you with their knowledge. Okay...my dad doesn't actually wear suspenders and I'm not sure I've ever seen him rock back on his heels, but you know where I'm going with this.

"Oh, right. Wind. That's what did it. It was really windy last night. I didn't hear it, but Keith said it was somethin' awful. You've got vents in your roof, you know. So the wind when it blows hard can act like a vacuum. Suck that door right up out of the chute."

Now I don't recall any wind last night, and I sure as hell don't remember noticing it when the cops and robbers drama at the end of the street woke me up, but hey, who am I to argue with Dad logic. Besides, it was about the only thing that made sense. Its not like someone could have climbed up into it. I had to set two thick books on the top rung of my ladder just to reach the door to shut it.

So there you have it. Wind tunnels, vacuumed doors and Dad logic. Just another strange day here at Casa de Kelly.

14 comments:

Christine said...

That would have freaked me right out!!! But trusty Coop would have let you know if intruders were around!!!!

Kelly said...

Yeah, that's what made me not freak out too much. That and the fact that everything was locked securely. I just couldn't figure otu what had happened. I figured I had me a ghost, or some strange thing living in my attic that had escaped.

Peggy said...

That'd creep me out! I can't picture what you mean about chute. The only entrance to my attic is definitely large enough to fit a person---and too heavy for the wind too lift. I'd probably send Coop up for a quick check too, or dad. Could be some critter got in.

Kelly said...

It's basically a small hole in the roof of my closet with a square wood covering that you can push up to access the attic. But the only way to get in is by bringing a ladder up and trying to climb in. No critters though. I managed to climb up far enough to take a peak with the flashlight.

Michelle said...

Yikes! Scary thought. Glad it was just wind tunnel effects.

Bailey Stewart said...

I have never heard of that - would have completely freaked me out. But everyone's right - Coop wouldn't have acted normal. And I know what you mean about the Dad voice.

Melissa Marsh said...

Wow, that was really weird. Too bad you didn't have a hunky next-door neighbor guy to come check it out!

Maxx said...

Hmmmmmmmmm... my spider sense isn't tingling... much... but keep me posted.

Kelly said...

If I do have a ghost I think we can safely assume where it came from.

Maxx said...

you're the one that keeps inviting me over man. Caveat emptor my friend, caveat emptor. Or is it carpe diem... no... that's seize the ass... no- wait...

Stacy Dawn said...

Whoa, that would totally freak me out. And our dog though oversized would have probably wanted to play with the intruder rather than eat him.

I don't know about Dad's but you just described my grandfather to a T LOL

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Kelly said...

Yay - it worked! Thanks Stacy.

Anne M said...

No telling what Coop gets up to when you're not around. After all the dog can talk...

Kelly said...

Yes but her only line is 'how you doin'. Then again, look at the trouble that got Joey into...