Secondhand Sunday

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sundays are my Secondhand day. I'm basically too lazy to think of anything new to say so I re-post a "vintage" entry.

If you aren't in the mood for repeats, please feel free to change the channel.


Original Post Date, August 17, 2010

You know what a stickler I am for home security. I guess it's just force of habit after 20 years of living by myself.

Holy crap...20 years...

I have three doors in my house: the front door, side door and the door off the deck. Each night, I check that each door is locked and that the deadbolt is secure. I was sure to buy a house with a second floor master so that I wouldn't have to worry about leaving my windows open at night and having someone climb in and kill me.

Of course, the last two weeks have been insanely hot so the thought of even leaving any windows open hasn't crossed my mind. My air conditioning and ceiling fans have been working overtime and may I say, they've done a spectacular job.

Take a bow, A/C and Hunter ceiling fans. clap...clap...clap...

Still, I was really distressed when Bernie and I were out walking a few days ago and one of my neighbors told me that the house across the street from her was broken into and robbed.

In the middle of the day, no less! On my street!

No need to panic, I suppose. I mean, I have all the proper security measures in place.

Home security system, with sign visible to deter potential burglars. Check!

Steel doors with deadbolts. Check!

Security latches on all windows. Even the upstairs ones. Check!

Vicious guard dog. Check!
Oh, who am I kidding? She's practically a stuffed animal.


So far, this seemed to be working pretty well but last night, there was just one little thing I forgot to do.

Take my key out of the front door.

Then, as I walked around the house in a panic this morning, I realized that all of my windows have been unlocked since the last cool day when I had them open.

Which was TWO WEEKS ago!

Did I mention that these front screens just push right out? Yes, they're in the front of the house but I'm sure it would be much easier to do under the cloak of darkness. You know, since the streetlight in front of my house is burned out.

Good Lord, it was the perfect storm!

I think someone's looking out for me, don't you?


  1. You should feel better now tho. You have Vinny.

  2. Good to know I'm not the only one who does this!! Although, I'm not living by myself anymore, but when I was... yeah. My neighbors just stopped telling me about my keys and started putting them in my mail box... lol I survived though!! Two years in the "ghetto" with my neighbors fully knowing where my keys were 70% of the time.

  3. @Sunny Dee,
    Too funny! I think the more you think about doing something, the more apt you are to do the opposite.


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