Tim was out of town almost all of last week for business, which is usually not a big deal. However, around 4 am early Friday morning, I awoke to the sound of our garage door being manually opened or closed. Our garage door is made of some kind of flimsy pseudo-metal that even Isaac, a 60-pound 7-year-old, can just lift up with his hands. I assumed whoever was doing this wanted to take stuff, but honestly, there is nothing in there except some of our Christmas decorations, a ping pong table, our bikes, a bunch of crickets, and our chicken supplies.
I debated on whether or not to bother the police, but since the sound was so unmistakable, absolutely no good reason for anyone to mess with our garage at this hour, and I was alone with the kids, I did end up calling. The dispatch lady stayed on the phone with me for the two minutes it took the 6 cop cars to pull up. I must live in a good neighborhood for the police to not be busy at that hour, no? They poked around and checked out the garage and found no sign of anyone. Whoever it was didn't even take our new bikes! I almost felt offended! What, our stuff wasn't good enough to steal?
My best guess is that this wasn't the work of a professional thief, but rather some punk kid spotting the Mercedes in the driveway and thinking there might be some cool stuff in the garage. But unfortunately for him/her, we do not keep our gold bars and extra iPads back there, and our bikes probably aren't as nice as the one they came on, heh.
Nothing happened except for Long Beach's finest boys in blue getting a peek of my nightgown, but because of this incident I've decided to up the security around here. We'll be installing a motion-sensor flood light back there as well as a latch for the garage door. In the meantime, a jumper cable clamp looped through where a latch would normally go does a good-enough job, and hopefully that punk kid stays out of trouble from now on and I can resume sleeping well soon.
PS: The next day was the chickens' hatchday! They turned 1. Where has the time gone?