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As mentioned, our dining-room is haunted by the world's most trivial poltergeist. Only, now maybe I pissed it off by soldering the clock?

[livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball returned home to discover the clock face-down on the dining-room floor, shards of pottery scattered around.

True, this morning, I tweaked the clock's batteries because it had stopped overnight. (This time, the pendulum was running, and the clock had stopped. Why? No idea. Electrically, they are on the same circuit and every other time it's stopped, the hands kept going and the pendulum stopped.)

True, every time the Via Rail train comes through, the whole house shakes. And true, the nail on the wall is loose in the nail-hole, because it's plaster and I've re-hung the clock more times than I could count. But- I hung it on the nail, and it stayed there, like every other time I've hung it up. And then, some time in the day, it leaped to the floor, in the process landing on a single ceramic bowl on the shelves underneath, but not hitting anything else on the way, and remarkably not smashing into a pile of wooden and glass shards. Even though the d-cell batteries were flying around inside the case.

And dan came home to a clock in a pile of ceramic shards. And I came home to survey the damage (the poor bowl!), and the clock is fine, in fact it was still ticking. Even though the two D-cell batteries were sitting in the bottom of the case (*boggle*)

...And then I remembered the 3rd battery, a rechargeable, which I had stuck into the mechanism as a shim, but had stuck tape on the contacts so it wouldn't mess things up electrically. And the tape had worn through.

And now the clock is rehung, and I'm slightly on edge waiting for it to leap from the wall again.

Perhaps we should take [livejournal.com profile] the_infamous_j's advice and permanently attach it to the wall. Perhaps I should just countersink a sturdy screw into the wall. [Stop looking at me like that, [livejournal.com profile] dawn_guy...]

Perhaps we should declare the house haunted and move to Tahiti.

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kraig.livejournal.com
You could ritually burn the clock before it jumps onto your head or something, then grows teeth and gnaws frantically.

Why yes, I did see a lot of monsters at night, why do you ask?

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Hm. I don't like that idea.

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Are you saying that because the clock is influencing you?

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kraig.livejournal.com
BAH, got logged out.

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/merle_/
And true, the nail on the wall is loose in the nail-hole, because it's plaster and I've re-hung the clock more times than I could count.

I usually put the nails in on a slight angle, like 20° or so -- that way things are less likely to slide off, and the nail isn't going anywhere, plaster failure or no. Unless it is a spectacular failure, but then you are out of luck anyway.

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Yah, it is at a slight angle. But the angle has gotten smaller, over time, as the hole has gotten larger. But it's still at least 10 degrees. It just levered itself off the nail-head, apparently.

But I'll replace it this evening as soon as dan finishes making dinner. (hold on, clock! Don't jump again!)

Date: Saturday, 2 August 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/merle_/
The pendulum might contribute to dislodging it a bit, too. Were it a cuckoo clock, I'd suggest you see if it is mounted backwards. ;-)

Date: Sunday, 3 August 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sulle-stelle.livejournal.com
Tahiti sounds good. Your clock creeps me out. Sell the house, but leave the clock in it, then move far, far away.

Date: Monday, 4 August 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melted-snowball.livejournal.com
Let me guess. Like, Florida?

Date: Monday, 4 August 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sulle-stelle.livejournal.com
That works! (If, for some reason, Tahiti doesn't pan out.)

Date: Monday, 4 August 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newdoorknobs.wordpress.com (from livejournal.com)
I'd suggest using a plastic wall anchor and then hanging the clock off the screw. The anchors are easy to install, especially since it sounds like you have a decent-sized hole there already. You also get the fun of banging something into the wall, and the banging might frighten your poltergeist into behaving. (Or into going after something other than your clock.)

Date: Monday, 4 August 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Yes- that's what I resolved to do. ... Then I discovered the screw I was going to put into the anchor was exactly the right size for the new hole, and it held itself in place well, so I gave up on the anchor. :)

The last thing we need is a poltergeist loose in the kitchen.

Hopefully we're at peace, for now.

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