Its not funny!!!

I have to mention here that this incident was very very mortifying for me. I was scared out of my wits and took a good 5 minutes to figure out what has happening.

Seattle, 17th August 2008

It’s 1:00 AM and I am sound asleep on a sleeping bag in the living room. I am waken up by something getting knocked over in the kitchen. When I open my eyes I see a *thing* moving around on the carpet with a blinking green light.
It’s a *thing*, moving around on the carpet with a blinking green light.
Whenever it finds an obstacle like a furniture leg, it turns and sets off in another direction. Remember, it’s 1:00 AM and I have been woken up from my sleep. This is what goes through my (very sleepy) head –
1. It’s a robot. And it has been released by aliens.
2. Someone has broken into the house and has sent a life-form scanning device to scan for, well, life-forms.
3. It’s something else probably.
I am still trying to figure out what is going on – and also considered the possibility that someone was playing a prank on me. But who would play a prank on me at 1:00 AM? I mentally counted that figured that there are a good number of people who are likely to play a prank on me at 1:00 AM.
I am petrified. While the thing is still whirring away on the carpet, I summon the courage to switch on the nearest light, still keeping my eyes on that thing, because it was right next to me. The lights are on, and I look closely.

Oh dear god it’s a vacuum cleaner. A robotic one that is programmed to run at 12:02 AM every Sunday. And that thing had been running for a good hour before it woke me up.

I am still in a daze because of sleep and I think, I should just turn it over on its back so it could not move. Turned out it had a power button. I press that and it stays put.

Later in the wee hours of the morning I woke up time and again to make sure it had not moved again. It hadn’t.


In action: Why it scared me.

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3 Responses to “Its not funny!!!”
  1. Smini says:

    I like to read what u write… this reminded me of something that happened to me once.

    In the middle of the night, i woke and looked outside the window.

    On a tree (i know there is a tree there) i see two green lights (tiny ones ) and they did not move. I was petrified and slowly went and woke my Dad. He came and made some loud noise, after which i heard this Meooooooowwww.. It was a black Cat. Oh! that scared me

  2. Kokonad says:

    Thank you for leaving a comment!

    Cats in the night can be scary, I agree! Well, techie geek that I am, I was kind of embarrassed in the morning that a robot scared me!!

  3. Deepika says:


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