At 5:00 this morning I was awakened by a phone call from ADT because the motion detector in the Cottage had gone off. It was a miracle I answered at all because, 5:00. In the morning. But, answer I did. “Ms. Tepaske? This is ADT calling. The motion detector in the shed (I don’t know why it’s called the shed) is going off and I was calling to see if everything was alright.” “I dunno,” I said through a mouthful of retainer and mouth guard, “I’m not phy-thhh-ically there…” (you gotta say it as if you’re wearing a retainer and mouth guard). “OK, Ms. Tepaske,” said ADT, “I’ll call the police. Good night,” and with that I promptly
fell peacefully back asleep was wide awake.
I wish I could say this was the first time ADT called us about the house but, it’s not and if you’re a fan of this blog you may remember the first time the police came to the house. Let me refresh your memory in case you forgot (though how could you): Excitement
Since then the house has been graffiti-ed and more windows smashed in. It’s amazing that with all of the activity we have witnessed in a few short months that the house is still standing at all. I mean, the youths have certainly given it their all so I suppose it’s a testament to the quality of old construction.
Anyway, long story short, I never did hear from the police if anything had actually happened so later this morning I took my guard dog (whose hobbies include chasing bugs and eating cat poop) and we went to the house to check things out. It all looked the same: Same old graffiti, same old smashed-in windows. The Cottage door did look slightly ajar which was weird because it’s usually drilled to the door jam (yes, you read that right) but I wasn’t brave enough to go in and look around so my guard dog and I left.
I am definitely ready for work to start on the Main House. I think once that starts two things will happen: 1. The youths will get the hint and hopefully stay away and 2. If they don’t stay away, and they start messing with the money we’re investing to restore this property they’ll have my guard dog to deal with and I’ll make sure he’s just eaten cat poop.