“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Piercing Analytic Mind of Mensa.

I told my wife all about my strange experience this morning, and here is her explanation.

1. What was the weird beeping noise on my baby monitor?

My wife pointed out that both the buildings in question have a lot of electronic equipment in them that stays on line. She says there must have been a low amp situation on our grid power, which set off the alert on one of the battery backup systems. Since I have a number of them, by different manufacturers, and some of them are pretty old, that's possible.

2. Why did the chickens and the dogs go berserk?

She says that is exactly the way they behave when a hawk swoops down over the meadow after the chickens.  So coincidentally, just as I came roaring out the door, the hawk must have made a pass and taken off.

3. Why did the outdoor cats run and hide?

I use a very low power bb pistol to break up Tomcat fights. I have learned the hard way not to stick an arm or leg into a Tomcat furball.  I can't wait til one of them has ripped the other up and I have to pay a big vet bill. But all the cats have seen me use it, none of them like the noise it makes, and I was carrying a Walther P-38, which looks a lot like the bb gun.  So that's her explanation of why the outdoor cats made themselves scarce.

4. Why did the indoor cat go hide downstairs under the cedar chest?

She's Himalayan and anything sets her off.  My wife says the sound of me roaring down the wooden floored hall in flip flops undoubtedly gave Midori a heart attack and she headed for her favorite hiding place.

5.  Why was the satellite dish not working?

My wife pointed out that it shuts itself off in a low amp situation, and then has to run through a long and complicated reboot. If , during the reboot, the power falls to low amperage again, it starts over. So if low amperage on the line precipitated the first noise on the baby monitor, it probably took down the Direct TV receiver.


I am torn between admiration for her analytical ability and annoyance because I am not sure that all these things happened "just so" but I can't disagree with her saying it's possible.

Guess I better call the producer at "UFO Files" and cancel our appointment!  ; - )


26 comments:

  1. I admire her analytical mind. BUT I'd still take some precautions just in case.

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    1. What can I do? Since I am not sure what I'd be protecting against, I don't have any idea what other measures I would need to take. The whole thing was pretty strange and I'm torn between believing my wife is right and being apprehensive that she's not. My wife says I am afraid of the "booger man".

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  2. Oh well it was fun while it lasted..;)

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  3. Wait.... I said that first. OK well I wasn't given all the circumstantial evidence your wife has due to familiarity but I called the electric black/brown out idea.... By damn it was copyrighted too.

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    1. Yes, you did . Great mind think alike. But the tv system is on a battery backup, which should have prevented low amps or given off an alarm I'm familiar with. And the cats were already hiding out when I went out there.....

      I think they were, anyway. And the battery backup on the tv system is old and not very reliable. But it usually works........

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  4. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I bet something is interfering with the tinfoil hat on your head. I get the same problem with the used satellite dish I use as a tinfoil hat to keep Vlademir Putin from reading my mind.
    I wonder what they use in Canada for tinfoil hat's. Maybe Moose Antlers wrapped in tin foil????

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    1. captain - since we are so much closer to Putin...we have to wrap the antlers in DOUBLE tinfoil. that keeps him at bay. oh ya - he thinks he can read our minds but he's never run in to a canadian moose...and he also doesn't know that the tinfoil in canada is thicker than that in the states. true fact that!

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    2. I kind of like Putin. I think we should trade Obama for him. But the Russians are too smart to make a bad deal like that.....

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  5. If it was a low voltage situation, you would experience this everytime the power goes out long enough to drain the batteries. You have commented many times on your county's fragile power grid. It should also be easy to recreate.

    But being a ham radio operator, it sounds like you had a massive radio wave interference of some sort as though you had someone using a poorly designed linear amp for a CB. Those are notorious for that and I've seen a YouTube video where a transceiver interfered with a satellite dish receiver.

    It still doesn't explain the animal behavior, then again I can't agree with the "mere coincidence" theory of everything else happening at the same time..... the odds are against it astronomically.

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    1. Somebody could have been up in the national forest on a service road cranking out some illegal transmissions. Anything is possible out there. I never let a power outage drain the backup batteries. If the power goes out, I go around and shut everything down so the batteries only have to keep the equipment on line long enough for me to do that. It takes awhile since there is electronic gear running in three separate buildings. I also think I would have heard this alarm at some point in the past, and I've never done so. It sounded just like Sputnik, most alarms are continuous to draw your attention. However, I don't really have a more logical explanation than my wife's. It seems pretty unlikely that someone would be up in the national forest yet not blocked by terrain masking.It's very mountainous here and there are no forest service roads directly in line with my place.

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  6. Calm, cool abd collected deductions - thank goodness for wives. .? ;)

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    1. That's true, Dani. And I don't like mysteries around my place at all.

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    2. No, Harry, I would be just a teensy-weensy bit apprehensive myself...

      Thank goodness is has all been explained - or has it...? ;)

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    3. As isolated as you two are on your farm out there, I would be worried about the Grays swooping down and getting you! :-)

      But maybe the Grays are afraid of Alpacas, and you will be safe. Unless they come to abduct the Kria! >:-0

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  7. Harry - between you and your wife you could probably run MENSA. call me a little paranoid and crazy...but have you been reading about the many leprechaun sitings around the world the last year or two? i have. i think it's leprechauns buddy. and i honestly don't know how one protects oneself from low-flying leprechauns. except maybe to launch potatoes at them at using a slingshot.

    i think you can tell that i am dead tired after setting up the hall tonight for the St. Patrick's Day dance tomorrow evening (hence all of the leprechaun talk), then tomorrow it's off to the fire hall where we and jam will be taught everything about the truck...it's got airbreaks...we might, or might not need a course, then it's the actual dance tomorrow night and throughout all of it i have had to constantly monitor "the facebook" (which we hate and only joined for this benefit that we are having) because i am in charge of keeping track of all of the donations, gifts and gift certificates.

    remember your latest posts about every noise keeping you awake and not being able to sleep? thank goodness jam went down hard at 10. i'll be here leaving silly, unreadable comments for another few hours at least.

    i want in my hottub! but i never go alone. too afraid of leprechauns - bahahahah!

    much love buddy. and again, i would love it if you planned a trip up here. just to visit and see. i know if you visited here, you would move here in a minute. oh and there have been no leprechaun sitings on the island for like 50yrs now so it is safe!

    your very tired but still can't go to bed friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber,


      (captaincrunch)

      It ain't them Leprecauns, its them Gremlins that you gotta worry about:)

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    2. Kymber, you two need to be careful you don't take on so much community work that you wind up worn out and sick. That can happen. You need to pace yourselves.

      I think if I could get the kids to take a week off so they could take care of my animals and my homestead, M and I could come up there for a couple of days and visit. I don't know when that would be but surely at some point in the future the opportunity will arise. I would really like to see you both and your beautiful home place.

      Crunch,
      Gremlins can only get you on an aircraft.

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    3. Harry,


      (captaincrunch)

      Wrong Answer:)

      We lost a seawater injection pump the day we were supposed to pull out of port for a Persian Gulf cruise and we sat in port another 24 hours trying to get the pump working again.

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    4. Hum. Maybe they do use that term on ships. I've only heard it around aircraft, to describe things that go wrong when nothing should. But it would fit on ships.

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  8. "deductive reasoning"

    Sherlock would be proud.

    -Moe

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    1. Moe, my wife is very analytical. I'm not. But she's sometimes short in the common sense department, so we make a good team. The old Sherlock Holmes series from the 1980's is her favorite program. It's on PBS ever so often.

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  9. Don't you just hate logic....takes out all the mystery and fun.

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    1. Yes. Life is mundane enough as it is. But she still hasn't explained the green lights we see in the forest ever so often. The official state forest service explanation is that methane forms in the rotting plant matter under the forest floor. Then it rains, and the water forces the gas out of the forest floor. Methane is said to glow when the static electricity in the air is right.
      But I've seen those lights when it was bone dry. The forest service guys just give me the shrug ( the french salute) and raised eyebrows about that.

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  10. Perhaps it was that lost Malaysian jetliner?
    --Troy

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    1. Remember the old Twilight Zone where the air liner got caught in a jet stream and flew into the past? That's what I think happened! Makes as much sense as anything I've heard on the news so far anyway. ;-)

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