December 20, 2006


Just a quick update...

Made it home safely, and relatively soundly. I spent most of the day with my ma, picked up a friend's truck to use for the week, visited my sis, stopped by Tammi's for supper, and then dropped in to Fritz's for a couple of beers. And that was pretty much the day. Hell, I only lasted about fifteen minutes at Fritz's... I was frickin' beat down. Getting up so damn early after not much sleep takes it out of ya.

Got home and was looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. After all, it's been awhile. But I've got to admit that deep down, I was kinda dreading the sleep, or rather, some of the "visitors" that may be looking forward to having me home.

When I first moved in to this place back in 2000, there was alot of activity, but after a while, it kind of settled down to just the footsteps walking through the room, and, occasionally, the music. The loud banging that was very frequent seemed to stop, and I hadn't had the nice icy hand placed upon me since that Christmas morn. Come Christmas time, things do pick up... and it was those thoughts that were running through my skull as I hopped into bed, so I turned on the bedside fan to drown out any noises.

When I turned out the light, the clock said five after eleven, and I must have dropped off into the sleep of the dead, because it was only a short time later that the loud pounding began. I was totally disoriented, and I looked around the room slowly. Twenty after eleven, the clock said. The banging got louder, more insistent. I looked towards the back of the house, and the kitchen was glowing in light. WTF???

I got up and staggered over to my weapons stache, only to remember that they are elsewhere. The banging stopped, and the light started to fade, when I heard a radio... a cop's radio. I ran to the back door to find one of Ogle county's finest peering into a window on the garage. I opened the door and stepped outside to find out what the hell was going on.

Turns out, my neighbours had noticed the pickup truck backed into my driveway, and called the cops just to check. They knew I was in Florida, and, as they told the cop, I "drive a little green car" and not a large truck. I explained that I had flown home for Christmas, and had borrowed a friend's truck to use while I was home... all cool.

The adrenaline rush kept me up for nearly an hour... plenty of time to reflect on life in a very small town.

I've really missed being here...

Posted by That 1 Guy at December 20, 2006 11:03 AM | TrackBack

Those are some 'fine' neighbors! Enjoy your stay.

Posted by: h~ at December 20, 2006 12:41 PM

You've got great neighbors. Have a good time at home.

Posted by: Teresa at December 20, 2006 12:58 PM

Hmmph! Tell the damn neighbors to mind their own business - a man's gotta sleep afterall! *wink, wink*

Posted by: oddybobo at December 20, 2006 01:01 PM

ROTFLMAO! That is priceless! I mean, I know you needed the sleep and all, but damn.....

Posted by: Tammi at December 20, 2006 01:31 PM

With the cold and hot changes in weather since I've been gone, I fully expect that the mice and spiders have completely taken over my place. There's no place like home though, is there? Glad you made it back.

Posted by: Jerry at December 20, 2006 01:43 PM

When are we getting together? I have a Christmas present for you.

Posted by: Raging Mom at December 20, 2006 02:38 PM

Glad to hear you made is home safe and sound and that folks are looking out for you. :-)

Posted by: Richmond at December 20, 2006 03:11 PM

was it as good for you as it was for me? gotta love nosey neighbors. glad your trip is fun so far. you can send the cops to my house anytime. i like a man in uniform and an adrenaline dump, the two together just yummy!

Posted by: shoe at December 20, 2006 04:13 PM

Those are some good neighbors.

Posted by: Contagion at December 20, 2006 04:44 PM

Haha, that would have scared the shit out of me!!

Oh, and maybe it's a good thing you didn't find your weapons stash!

Posted by: Sissy at December 20, 2006 06:39 PM

... man, I was looking forward to another ghost story!...

Posted by: Eric at December 21, 2006 09:53 AM

Are you sure it wasn't a zombie?


Posted by: Jerry at December 21, 2006 04:23 PM

Glad you're safe at home. Geez - that woulda scared me out of sleeping the rest of the night!! Still, good neighbors to keep an eye on your place, really.

Posted by: Barb at December 22, 2006 11:29 AM

Good for the neighbors, Bad for you, lol. Sounds overall like a good trip. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Gigi at December 22, 2006 01:12 PM

We drove through Beloit tonight. Thought about trying to find you, but decided we were in too much of a hurry...maybe next time!

Merry Christmas, T1G!

Posted by: drc at December 25, 2006 04:23 AM