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Something Strange in the Neighborhood

January 11, 2017

Something strange is going on at Casa Chatterbox; one room unaccustomed to action is now receiving it—our bedroom!


I wish I could admit that I’m responsible for the new level of excitement in our bedroom, but credit goes to the cable man. Sure, there was a time when I was a firecracker in the bedroom, but these days I’m an inconsistent “Ole Sparky.”


We recently had our equipment updated by Comcast, not that I noticed anything different, at first. I’m typically an early to bed and early to rise person; I don’t get up much during the night, but recently I woke around 2:30 in the morning and noticed a strange light show—a bedroom Aurora Borealis flickering over our bed.


On closer inspection, I discovered the source of these lights, a device connecting our television to a new cable box. I have no complaints about service or picture clarity or operation, but I don’t remember signing up for a nocturnal light show.


I never know what these things do and don’t question the installers, assuming they know their job. The cable guy could actually be a KGB operative reporting to Putin, bugging our home after finding important secrets on my blog. (I receive nearly as many visits from Russia as I do America.)


When I nudged Mrs. C. awake and asked if she knew about these flickering lights, she said, “Of course!”


“What do they mean?” I asked.


“It’s the mother ship, finally coming to take you home,” she explained.


“Take me home? You’re coming with me, aren’t you?” I asked.


Without answering, she yawned, rolled over and went back to sleep, leaving me to stare at the pretty light show, a show much better than television programming at 2:30 in the morning.


Is anything strange going on in your neighborhood? Your bedroom?




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The only light show in my bedroom is I haven't bothered taking down the Xmas lights yet.
By: PT Dilloway on January 11, 2017
Strange things in our neighborhood? Well, if you consider a guy across the way aiming his camera and a listening dish (?) at my apartment, or a Korean-looking guy trying to locate my apartment with a GPS receiver for who-knows-what reason, yeah, I guess things are a bit out of the ordinary. But then, on my blog I do have some petty blunt things to say about Pootie-Poo Putin and Kim Jong Fatty Fat Fat. ;)
By: scott park on January 11, 2017
No nothing -- other than a bit of noise sometimes from those on their way home from the clubs!
By: The Broad on January 11, 2017
Just the usual yipping and howling from the coyotes.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 11, 2017
Add those sparks back in and you'll have dinner and a show.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 11, 2017
the only light show is the moonlight and starlight that can wake us up as there is no ambiant light outside- no streetlights-nothing. Lovely and silent except for owls and coyotes...rain and wind...and even snow can make a sound.
By: Kathe W. on January 11, 2017
Nope no light shows in our bedroom. We don't have a TV in there either so the only excitement is the noise of my partner snoring.
By: LL Cool Joe on January 11, 2017
Occasionally we get blue flashing lights going past in the street but they're considerate enough not to use the sirens.
By: Jenny on January 11, 2017
Sadly, nothing strange (or un-strange) is going on in our bedroom. I don't know about the neighborhood. But I love the idea of inviting the Comcast guy in to update my equipment.
By: Mitchell is Moving on January 11, 2017
I'm still chuckling at "O'le Sparky." I admire Mrs. C's quick repartee from a dead sleep.
By: Tom Cochrun on January 11, 2017
I'm 82 & my husband's 84; nothing's exciting in our bedroom for years!!
By: fishducky on January 11, 2017
Nope, I need dark (as in pitch black) at night so I don't even like a clock that glows or for my husband to charge his electric toothbrush overnight (like a beacon shining from the bathroom). Full moons are deadly.
By: Kelly on January 11, 2017
Actually more fireworks than when the fuse was longer.
By: cranky on January 11, 2017
YES! On his first official day of "retirement," Hick put new light bulbs in the bedroom ceiling light. I came in the front door and saw the glow from the bedroom...during daytime! I swear, an interrogator would give his suspect sunglasses with light that bright.
By: Val on January 11, 2017
Nothing new here, all the news is old news. If the mothership comes, i'll bet Mrs. C will demand to go with you.
By: messymimi on January 11, 2017
I do have flickers of light for about 10 min and then we roll over and go to sleep:) I'm waiting for the mother ship to take my hubby away...they're late! Then again, he may be thinking the same thing of me:)
By: Birgit on January 11, 2017
The only thing going on here is that we should be getting ready to pack up our house to move, but the only thing either of us has done so far is throw out some magazines. Ha!
By: The Bug on January 11, 2017
Well, nothing strange or weird is going on at present. But I did have colored lights and there was no box connection or anything else. I saw vivid colors in my eye. I went to emergency right away as it could indicate extremely high blood pressure. After an all night visit the cause of the color was floaters. Most of your readers will know what I'm talking about.
By: red Kline on January 11, 2017
We have glow in the dark stars on our bedroom ceiling. Years ago when my wife was babysitting our young niece, the stars helped he fall to sleep during nap time. I haven't thought of them in years but they are still there.
By: Rick Watson on January 11, 2017
I'm still laughing!
By: Catalyst on January 11, 2017
I woke up a couple of weeks ago to the red light on the top of my internet router blinking. The next morning, my internet was out. I marched down to the Internet place and being in China could not adequately explain my problem. A week later, a tech came to my apartment so get me back to about half-way decent service. I really need to learn Chinese.
By: Brett Minor (Transformed Nonconformist) on January 11, 2017
It seems pleasantly strange!
By: John Gibson on January 12, 2017
Love the mother ship image. Too funny. If they do beam you up, take your computer and keep blogging from "beyond". I am curious. Sadly, nothing strange going on here.
By: Arkansas Patti on January 12, 2017
No strange lights here; we don't have a TV in the bedroom. But we do have strange noises. B got a white noise machine to help her sleep.
By: Tom Sightings on January 12, 2017
Hmmm...those lights sound suspicious to me! Some top secret survelience equipment, I'll bet! I have to have dark dark to sleep anymore. If I turn on my phone or ipad I am doomed to a good hour of tyring to go back to sleep after.
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on January 12, 2017
Not much happening here except the continuous battle of Ray leaving paint on the door jam, the light switches, the sheets. It's a constant battle. Do you leave paint smeared around the house too?
By: Bee BB Bee on January 14, 2017

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