Just a comical interlude today. Deb came in from three days on the road, and once she had done all her usual routines to shed the trappings of work travel, came down to ask me something.
Now, Deb has varying tones for yelling at the dog. Usually it’s Leonidas, the miniature Schnauzer, who is not a good dog. He knows what he’s supposed to do; he just doesn’t care. He’s figured out that no matter what he does, he’s not going to get tortured or killed, therefore, he’ll just screw up and take the consequences.
One of his favorite pranks is to take a dump in the house. Once he did it right next to Deb while she was sorting out Christmas ornaments, unrepentant. Anyway, I can usually tell from the feminine yelling upstairs what the dog has done wrong. And there’s a certain high note, an anguished shriek of the kind you’d normally associate with hearing of a death: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”
I don’t hear real well in the lower pitched tones, but higher sounds penetrate all the way to the skull.
This time it wasn’t the dog. Deb recently got a summons for Federal jury service in Yakima, but it hasn’t yet turned into any actual service. So she’s about to head back upstairs, and I say the magic words to her: “Don’t forget your jury summons.” (It was from Benton County, not Federal.)
“I already dealt with that,” she said, annoyed at my lousy memory.
“Look behind you on the cornet case,” I replied.
She picked it up. “Noooooooooooo!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”
You’d think Leo had just decorated the floor again.
I don’t blame her a bit.