When things get complicated

Middle of the morning, I got a note from a neighbor via Nextdoor: “I am going to close your garage door.” This, of course, leads to the obvious question: why in the fark is it open? I contemplated several possibilities, the most unnerving of which was the chance that someone might have figured out the Double Super Secret Code that runs the remote. This particular garage-door opener dates back to — well, not the Pleistocene, exactly, but it’s old enough to have its code set by a row of jumpers, the sort of thing we haven’t seen since we got rid of master and slave drives in PCs. I put in a call to William of Ockham, who noted that I happened to be carrying two remotes, one in the car, one on my person, and if I started the process with the former and inadvertently engaged the latter while turning away from the house, I could easily have created this situation myself. I argued that I didn’t think the secondary remote had that kind of range, but to no avail. I arrived back home about 11:30, and everything seemed to be in order.

And it is an election day, so I figured I’d take care of that detail on the way back to work. Turnout was expected to be light, given the single race on the ballot: finishing the unexpired term of Oklahoma County Court Clerk Tim Rhodes, who resigned last year to take a job at the Corp Comm. I did not, however, imagine it to be this light: at a quarter to twelve, four hours and forty-five minutes into the session, I was preceded by a mere 23 voters. There are more than 1500 registered voters in this precinct.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2016 · 5:43 pm

    My garage door has one of those “kill-stop” switches where if it encounters an obstacle (I presume it was designed with the obstacle being a small child or dog, but even a buildup of 2 or 3 leaves can trigger it) it re-opens. All the way. If I’m in a hurry leaving and I don’t watch it close all the way and STAY closed, sometimes I return to an open garage. In my case it’s NBD, because it’s a detached garage and if someone wants to go in and steal the broken rototiller or the old cans of paint the LAST homeowner left, I would not be upset at all…

  2. CGHill »

    5 April 2016 · 6:09 pm

    I have such a switch, though it usually takes more than a couple of leaves to trip it. And while the wind is pointed almost directly at the door today, said wind was only about 8 mph this morning, versus the 25+ that has prevailed in the afternoon.

    We’ve had some lawn-equipment pilferage around here of late. I wonder if a broken rototiller might serve as bait.

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