Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Go Ahead Make My Day

Tank Testing His Welder-Generator

After settling his case relating to his hand being rebuilt, our son, Tank recently decided to treat himself to a tool relating to his profession.  He bought a nice commercial grade welder-generator combination.  He had the welder-generator loaded on his flatbed truck with plans of securing to the bed of the truck to avoid theft and/or misuse.  He hasn’t gotten that far yet.   Now we do live in a nice quiet area, we have security lights all around our place, and we’re on the edge of town. 

On Saturday night, right after our son purchased his generator; he pulled his truck into our driveway and parked it there for the night, thinking it would be secure, and no one would bother it. 

Sure!!!!!

Around 11:15PM, I’m sitting in the living room watching a little TV. Bulldog Man just finished reading a book, and was in bed, just turning out the lights; our son, Tank, is already in bed sound to sleep, snoring like a log.

A commercial comes on the TV; I mute the sound in order not to hear the commercial.  That’s when I heard a whistle…………….one of those whistles to let someone know something was up. I got up out of my chair, and looked out the back window, and didn’t see a thing.  I proceed to the front of our house to check on my son’s welder sitting on his flatbed truck.  I see someone running from the side of our home to a car sitting out in the road with all the lights off, and the driver side doors open.  I can’t see our son’s truck because he pulled in the driveway instead of backing in like he always does.  I go into my bedroom and alert Bulldog Man; we get our guns, and go back to our front door.  We look out the window, and still can’t see clear enough to figure out what was going on.  Both Bulldog Man and I check our front porch, no one’s on it or close by.  We open the front door in the dark just enough to attempt to see what’s going on.  And we hear what sounds like a generator running.  We look at each other and say “son of a gun (actually we used another word)”, can’t move the generator to steal it so you’re going to use it.  Now remember, our son hasn’t had an opportunity to bolt down this welder or put a security box over it.  I lock our front door, and Bulldog Man and I run to the garage through the house.  I pull the security locks on the garage door; we both looked at one another in preparation of what’s going to happen next. We both said, “Let’s do this”.  I pushed the garage door button in the open position, and both Bulldog Man and I were ready for what was on the other side of that door.  The security lights come on, Bulldog Man went to one side of the truck and I went to the other side; the generator was not running.  The sound was coming from down on the road, it was one of those little compact air compressors you use for blowing up your tires.

An unknown subject was walking around a vehicle out in the road, the compressor was working, and the other subject who ran from the side of our house through our bushes was sitting inside this vehicle. 

After seeing both Bulldog Man and I fully armed and ready to protect our property both subjects took off as fast as they could and never looked back.

The moral of this post; even if you live in a quiet safe location, you just never know what’s going to happen when you least expect it.

So always be prepared!

35 comments:

  1. So proud of you guys! Good job.

    Lincoln is a fine welder. That's what we have.

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    1. Gail,

      Thanks, we would do it again!!!

      Lincoln is the only way to go.
      Tank is so proud of himself for buying this welder. He trained on a Lincoln welder.

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  2. Sandy,

    That's exactly what husband & I would do! Glad you are all safe & sound. You can never be too careful.

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    1. DFW,

      It doesn't matter where you live. Country, small town, or city you always have to be careful.

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  3. Why didn't you guys open fire...???? All BS aside, did they actually steal something.

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  4. Stephen,

    They didn't steal any thing, and there was no imminent threat but they know now they are not welcome.

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    1. They also know you come outside with guns, so they will spread the word and you will never have trouble from them or their friends.

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  5. I'm proud of you & hubby for reacting so quickly, and so well. Well done!

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    1. Rev. Paul,

      Thanks, I believe our history, work, and practice has a lot to do with how we reacted to the situation.

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  6. Good job! And great for you being alert and vigilant! Did Tank sleep through it all?

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    1. 1st Man,

      Thank you! We try to be alert at all times.
      Yes, Tank was sound to sleep. He didn't hear one thing. He had worked a long couple of days and was exhausted.

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  7. Thats what I like about my farm. If I can see em they are already trespassing.

    No pretending or questions unanswered.

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    1. PP,
      Having the ability to see someone before they committee a crime is the best option to have. Having farm land, gives one the ability to catch a subject trespassing in advance before they make it to your home or farm.

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  8. Good for you!! Best alarm there is. While they change their briefs (to clean out the brown stuff) you can bet they are spreading the word your house is one not to mess with!!!

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    1. Katie,

      That is a fact!!!

      We have zero tolerance for crime.

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  9. That was a quite a story! Glad you're all safe, and nothing was taken. They will give it a second thought before heading down your street again!

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    1. Izzy,

      Every now and then one must experience a little excitement, lol......

      Yes, these people won't be coming back.

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  10. Great job!! DH and I REALLY need to practice more with different scenarios. I've had to "clear" the house just about a month ago when I thought that someone had broken in and although I was as nervous as heck, I know that our past training (albeit not nearly enough) helped keep me calmer.

    Oh, and the window that was open? You know the one that made me think someone had broken in? DH had opened it and forgot to shut it before he left. Could have killed him :)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn,

      Oh Carolyn, I would want to kill my husband too if he had did this.

      This was not the first time we've had to pull out our guns, and won't be the last. One must prepare as much as possible when it comes to protecting your family. As the economy keeps going down hill, crime will rise, always be aware of your surroundings and what's going on.

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  11. Oh wow. Glad things worked out.

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  12. Do you not have any dogs outside? I rely on mine for warning of that kind of thing. I'm glad the story had a happy ending.

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    1. Harry,

      Because of the heat here we don't leave our dogs out all day. Yes, I'm glad we had a happy ending.

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  13. That sure had me on the edge of my seat. So glad all ended well, and that you were prepared!
    Blessings,
    susie

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    1. Susie,

      I had you at the edge of your seat, lol
      Maybe I should write stories?

      Yes, one must always be prepared.

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  14. I am so happy your son got what he needed from the settlement. I do hope his hand is doing well. B

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    1. B,

      I'm happy the settlement is over, and his hand is better. He still has some recovery to go but he's so much better, thank you.

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  15. Good grief, every time I come here there is some crazy exciting event taking place in your life...lol

    Glad that everything always turns out fine in the end!!

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    1. A Girl,

      My husband and I were saying the same thing. Were tired of the drama/excitement. All we want to do is live in quiet, and enjoy our place.

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  16. oh sweet Sandy - the whole time i was reading this i was worried and excited. i had visions of you coming around the corner of the door into the garage...."clear", then skirting over by the vehicles close to the garage door..."clear"...and then i could see you all jodie foster-like with BullDogMan as your law enforcement partner - bahahahahah! oh it's funny now, and a great story to tell in the future, and a great practice experience....but it must have been as scary as oh heck. i am so glad that you are safe!!! and tell Tank that that is a gorgeous machine!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      Bulldog Man and I cleared the scene, lol.....
      and scared the crap out of those people. As soon as their tire was inflated they hauled ass, lol

      I will convey your message to Tank, thank you.

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  17. Glad they didn't make off with the new welder or any of the other stuff! The nerve of people anymore just doesn't surprise me!

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    1. Desert Hen,

      People think they can help themselves to anything now a days. They need to be careful of lead poisoning when they help themselves to my stuff!!!!! Bahahahahah!!!!

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  18. I am telling you, when you say the words " it will be alright til later" IT WON'T BE ALRIGHT TIL LATER! Glad you got alerted in time to take action. Surprised the little b*st*rds weren't out there with a crane to lift it off the bed! take care, remain vigilant. your friend the rat

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    1. Rat,
      24/7 with eyes in the back of my head :-)

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