Thursday, August 10, 2006

What was that sound?



There are nights when I lie in bed and out of the blue hear a popping sound. This has been going on for a couple of years. At first I really didn't pay too much attention to it. Then I began to try to figure out just where the sound was coming from. When we first bought our house 10 years ago the outlet in our bedroom needed to be repaired. After hearing the popping sound I thought maybe it was the outlet. As often and as hard as I tried I couldn't pin point the origin of the sound. At one point I would put the extension cord on the bed so I could tell if the popping was coming from that. Every night (not that it happened every night) that I heard it I thought I really need to call an electrician. By morning I would forget about it until the next time I heard the pop! Finally after months and months of trying to figure out what it was I had an idea. There was "something" in my room that I thought could be making the noise. I took it out and what do you know? The popping started in another room. I found the source of the pop. It was my rainstick!!!! After I solved the mystery all I could think of was how embarrassed I would have been had I actually called the electrician. He would have laughed all the way back to the shop thinking that this was the fire hazard I had been so afraid of!


take care,
Dawn

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Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments used to invoke the rain spirits. They are made by people who live in the deserts of northern Chile. In Chile, rainsticks are traditionally made from dead cactus tubes with hundreds of cactus spines hammered into the tube. Tiny lava pebbles cascade gently through the tube, sounding much like rain.

4 comments:

debi said...

I'm still confused, Dawn! What is it?!!

Dawn said...

Sorry Debi I wrote this in the midst of doing other things. I should probably stick to one task at a time LOL! I guess I wasn't very clear. The sound was coming from a rainstick I had in my room. :)

take care,
Dawn

me said...

Okay, I'll bite - you've got me on this one... what the heck is a rainstick?

Glad you found the source of the noise though!

~**Dawn**~ said...

it was just making random popping noises all on its own instead of the usual "rain" sound???

and you do not find THAT alarming?! LOL