Thursday, January 17th, 2008
So, yesterday I’m sitting on the couch around lunch, having a snack and watching a little boob tube when I hear a sudden and unexpected chirping. “cheep! cheep!” — really quickly in succession, followed by a few second pause, then the chirping again. While I do have parrots in the building behind me, it sounded more like some kind of computer alert than a parakeet, and it was coming in the general direction of my computer, so I ran over to find out what it was. There were no alerts on either my desktop or my laptop, but I started hearing it again.
I checked my tower, it wasn’t coming from there. I checked my monitor… not there either. I heard it again, this time fainter… then loud again. I turned off my computer speakers and it seemed to stop, for whatever reason. Just as I walked away from my desk, I heard it again… behind me!
My TV was starting to chirp. After systematically turning on and off each thing (DVR, DVD, TV, etc.) it seemed that again, turning off the speakers seemed to fix it. And again, as I stood there pondering what it could have been, I heard it again! This time from my laptop speakers.
Where in the hell is this coming from? I wondered. Finally, I turned on all the speakers again, after hearing the chirping again like it was traveling around my house, within a few moments, the sound had faded away. The only explanation I could come up with is that I live right by the airport and there were some planes going overhead right around then. I considered it was possible that I picked up some kind of transmission in my wiring, causing output through my speakers. It seems weird, but not totally unheard of…
I didn’t hear it again for the rest of the night, but this morning, while in the bedroom making my bed, I heard it in the living room. I had all my windows and front door open, so it almost sounded like it was coming from outside. I ran in the other room to try to figure it out. I heard it by my TV, then in the kitchen, then finally… outside in the front yard.
Sometimes, due to this vent over the stove in my kitchen, sounds, like conversation in the driveway next door or cheers from the neighborhood during a football game, get amplified and sent down this pipe. When I first moved in, I couldn’t figure out where a man’s voice was coming from, then discovered the vent in the kitchen. You can see why the Weekend Warrior is extra annoying.
Flinging open my screen door, I spotted a mockingbird up on a branch outside my window… a pair of them, doing some kind of mating thing. And one of them was making a sound very similar, “cheep! cheep!” I think I found my culprit. It doesn’t quite explain why it seemed to be actually in my house, but the way this apartment is laid out, sound does weird things. In my kitchen, you can’t hear a damn thing going on in the living room, but if you’re in the living room, you can hear everything in the kitchen as if it were happening in your lap, so maybe it was just one of those freak occurrences.
I hope those mockingbirds get it on soon, though. I seriously thought I was losing my mind.