Jake bought a lock we can control from an app on our phones. So now when our phones get more than 30 feet from the house, the door locks automatically and all the lights turn off. Didn’t help last saturday morning however when we got called out to a fire at a church and he left his phone on the kitchen counter. So far he’s automated our thermostat, living room and bedroom lamps, tv, stereo, and door locks.
Recently we’ve had a rash of arsons at local churches so I’ve contemplated buying cameras for our house and church.
Will get attacked rabid black bear with ties to a terrorist organization who is currently down on his luck and has finally been pushed over the edge when his once faithful companion cheated on him with his former boss after informing him he’s fired due to coming in five minutes late because of a flat tire he got hitting a curb while dodging to avoid what he thought was a small dog but was actually a box filled with nesting hornets that stung him right on the freakin’ nose… and you know that had to hurt.
I’m more afraid of stuff happening to me while I’m out, like getting robbed, shot, car accident, etc., than I am about anything back home. I’ve got my door-lockin’ garage-door-checkin’ window-closin’ routine pretty much down at this point.
@RiotDemon I think it takes 2 mosquitos for breeding
But seriously, it’s hot here in TX, too. However, there’s plenty of shade and a dog dish full of icy water is not amenable to larvae.
I don’t want any guilt trip about my mostly-outdoor dog.
@compunaut not trying to guilt trip anyone. My dog is mostly indoor. She doesn’t like the heat. In the winter she’ll spend a lot of time outside. If she was going to be an outside dog I’d have water and comfortable shelter. Since she didn’t have those things, I felt bad.
@hchavers Our basement bathroom has one of those hook toilet paper holders where you can just slide the roll on and off. One of our cats has decided this is her new favorite game and she’ll remove the entire roll and bring it to the family room.
@lifftchi I’m with ya. We didn’t even change the locks when we moved into our old farmhouse. It’s the kind of place where the only security you need is a “No Trespassing” sign and good relations with the neighbors so they’ll notice if a strange car comes up the driveway. Hell, my mom lives in town and hasn’t locked her doors in almost 30 years, even when she’s on vacation. Our county’s homicide rate is in the single digits per decade, and home invasions aren’t much higher.
FORGOT TO PUT THE LIONS BACK IN THEIR CAGE!!! LET ME TELL YOU, THE HOA HAS A STRICT ONE-STRIKE POLICY FOR THAT SORT OF THING!!! NOW I HAVE A CHECKLIST ON THE INSIDE OF MY FRONT DOOR, AMONGST ALL THE PEEPHOLES AND DEADBOLTS, HASPS, PROP-BARS AND OTHER DOOR LOCKS!!! YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL!!! OR TOO PARANOID!!!
@jst1ofkndMY STORE!!! I NEARLY FORGOT!!! FOR THE LAST WEEK I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A COMMUNITY WITHOUT MANY RULES THAT IS FRIENDLY TO HAVING A FEW DOMESTIC LIONS IN THEIR MIDST!!! I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE GREYS HAVE BRAINWASHED EVERYBODY INTO THINKING THAT THEY PRESENT SOME SORT OF HAZARD!!! I FIND IT BEST NOT TO MENTION THE LIONS!!!
I worry that the house won’t be there when I get back. There will just be a vacant piece of land there, and my neighbors will be, like: “What! There’s never been a house there! And who are you? Have we ever met?” So that’s why I never leave without a large box of photos of the house, from all angles, so I can prove it was there.
That I forgot to close the garage door. It’s hard to see from the road and if I get distracted by something (pedestrian, other car) I can forget to look. I also forget to close it sometimes at night when I get home.
Tbh I actually get scared that my house will catch on fire and since my dogs are indoor dogs I am afraid they won’t get out since the doors are close which is why I always leave the door in the back unlock so they can push it open they are smart and know they can open doors with their head and open it from the outside with their paws
@daveinwarsh@therealjrn@Zigzagoon I cut the bottom half off the “basement” door leading to the backyard and hung a split heavy rug over the opening. When I’m home, I keep that door bolted but the steel security door open so the dogs can come and go. When I’m not home the steel security door is closed.
Stand in door way each day before I leave and do a mental checklist:
Drive (do I have my keys and my wallet)
Work (do I have my badge for door access at work)
See (do I have my glasses)
Call (do I have my phone)
Eat (did I bring my lunch)
Drink (did I bring my coffee)
Music (used to bring MP3 player to gym. Haven’t gone in years, still part of checklist)
Gum (ex-smoker’s best friend)