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Old 04-13-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
Quiet Desperation
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A Curious Tale Of Mothra & The Mustang

I was driving the new Mustang to work on Tuesday when something
fluttered past in front of my face. It was a big moth, about an inch
and a half long. Must have hopped a ride when I first got in. I go to
work very early, and that's when little beasties like that are out and
about.

It looked a little like this:
http://natureali.org/images/moths/Moths_15.jpg

No biggie. Better than a pissed off wasp or a carpenter bee (both of
which I have shared vehicles with). I opened the passenger window. He
fluttered around the back window for a while. When I got to work, I
looked around the interior, but I figured he made his way out.

At 2:30 am this morning I wake up to the sound of the Mustang's car
alarm going off. It took me a few moments to gather my wits (such as
they are), find the remote in the dark, and silence/rearm it. I'm sure
my neighbors love me. Good Lord is a beeping car horn subjectively LOUD
at that time of night.

No one seemed to be around. Even the car theives are home in bed at
that hour. When I went to work four hours later, there was no obvious
sign of anyone mussing with the car like hand prints in the dew or
anything. I couldn't figure it out because this isn't some $100 Best
Buy discount alarm system that goes off when someone sneezes a 1/4 mile
away.

I get home today, and just as I'm pulling into my driveway, the moth
flutters by again and lands on my shirt. I grab him with my hand and
make sure he comes out the car with me and release him outside.

The way I figure it, the Mustang has two ultrasonic motion sensors on
the small overhead console up front. I'd wager a week's salary the moth
either fluttered right in front of it or even landed on it, and set of
the alarm.

So that's how a little moth woke me up at 2:30 am and annoyed people
for a one block radius around my house.
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Old 04-14-2005, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: A Curious Tale Of Mothra & The Mustang

Good Story!
Gosh, you should have put the moth on Ebay LOL

Kate

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|I was driving the new Mustang to work on Tuesday when something
| fluttered past in front of my face. It was a big moth, about an inch
| and a half long. Must have hopped a ride when I first got in. I go to
| work very early, and that's when little beasties like that are out and
| about.
|
| It looked a little like this:
| http://natureali.org/images/moths/Moths_15.jpg
|
| No biggie. Better than a pissed off wasp or a carpenter bee (both of
| which I have shared vehicles with). I opened the passenger window. He
| fluttered around the back window for a while. When I got to work, I
| looked around the interior, but I figured he made his way out.
|
| At 2:30 am this morning I wake up to the sound of the Mustang's car
| alarm going off. It took me a few moments to gather my wits (such as
| they are), find the remote in the dark, and silence/rearm it. I'm sure
| my neighbors love me. Good Lord is a beeping car horn subjectively LOUD
| at that time of night.
|
| No one seemed to be around. Even the car theives are home in bed at
| that hour. When I went to work four hours later, there was no obvious
| sign of anyone mussing with the car like hand prints in the dew or
| anything. I couldn't figure it out because this isn't some $100 Best
| Buy discount alarm system that goes off when someone sneezes a 1/4 mile
| away.
|
| I get home today, and just as I'm pulling into my driveway, the moth
| flutters by again and lands on my shirt. I grab him with my hand and
| make sure he comes out the car with me and release him outside.
|
| The way I figure it, the Mustang has two ultrasonic motion sensors on
| the small overhead console up front. I'd wager a week's salary the moth
| either fluttered right in front of it or even landed on it, and set of
| the alarm.
|
| So that's how a little moth woke me up at 2:30 am and annoyed people
| for a one block radius around my house.


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