Jim was out of town last night and for maybe the fourth time ever, I decided to set our house alarm. I always have issues when I set it, hence the reason I don't ever use it. I quick-armed it for staying in the house and then tried to disarm it to make sure I remembered how to do it. This is helpful because I will be half asleep in the morning when I set it off while letting the dog out. And it is much more difficult to remember how to disarm it at the crack of dawn when I am bleary-eyed and children are crying because they've been snatched from dreamland by a shrieking alarm!
I couldn't get it to disarm.
We were trapped in my house because I couldn't get the stupid alarm to disarm! I tried everything. I put the code in fifteen times. (Definition of insanity-continuing to do the exact same thing and expecting different results.) I tried it with a pound sign in front. I tried it with a pound sign behind. I tried it both ways with the asterisk. I hit cancel, I hit clear, I hit exit. I tried a different code in all of the above ways in case I was using the wrong one. No dice.
I called my husband. His suggestion: "Did you enter the code?"
Really? I NEVER would have thought to try that. Thanks, babe!
I called my neighbor, Kim. Her suggestion? (After deciding that she felt claustrophobic on my behalf) "Did you try entering the code?" See above response.
I looked in the instruction manual. I looked on the company website for a help line.
I called Troye. She laughed WITH me and did NOT ask me if I had entered the code, but had no advice.
Finally, I tried the default code and the blasted thing disarmed. Apparently I had never changed the password.
Then I reset the alarm, let the dog out and set the stupid thing off, waking two small children.
Luckily I knew how to turn it off.
And no, I didn't rearm it again!
(If you are a bad guy and you read this post after I told you not to-Don't believe a word of it. And did you read the part about the dog? He is big. And vicious. And bites first and asks questions later. And I have a gun. And I know karate. So don't come get me.)