Last year during the Marathon bombing and ensuing manhunt there were a number of tweets that went out asking people with police scanners NOT to tweet what they were hearing from the police in case the suspects were also following along on Twitter.
Of course this IMMEDIATELY made me feel like I needed a police scanner because "OMG SECRET INFO CLUB."
But police scanners are over $100 and even I couldn't justify that.
Fast forward to two weeks ago when I finally decided to tidy up my Amazon "saved for later" shopping cart. There was the same $100 police scanner tempting me.
Not only that but I've been working from home a lot lately with no one to talk to.
So I popped on over to ebay and found a used scanner with a slight chip that was going for $15. Much more my speed.
I won the bid by $0.49 and when it arrived 3 days later I forgot all about it.
Monday morning I walked into my office and decided that it too needed tidying and WTF was that big box on the couch?
Aha! It's a police scanner. So I downloaded all of the frequencies for my town, as well as the manual (because used scanners dont come with manuals) and set it up.
The first call was "Control to 24."
"24 ACO Robbins (Animal control officer) would like you to proceed to 35 Second Ave to identify the crustacean at that address."
So my first reaction was, "WTF?"
My second reaction was, "What the hell kind of podunk town do I live in where crustacean's make the police blotter?"
My third reaction was to grab my cell phone and yell "NO EFFING WAY" because that was MY COUSIN'S address.
Seriously, my cousin lives in my town and there she was calling the police on my first day with the scanner to report a freakish crustacean.
So I text her... "I just got a police scanner and guess what the FIRST call I heard was?"
She replies, "Nice! OMG! I know!"
It turns out it was just a baby crawfish. The best part of the story is that when the police officer picked it up to look at it, it twitched and startled him so he threw it. My cousin said, "DID IT BITE YOU?"
And he sheepishly answered, "no."
And seriously folks that's why I've been too busy to blog. It's crazy here.