Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Please remember - Once for Lock and Twice for Unlock

Its driving me crazy! Things weren't so bad when all my immediate neighbors rode motorbikes but now, we have new neighbors next door and also diagonally opposite us.

The new neighbors also happen to have newish cars. For some reason, all the newer cars in Palembang honk their horns when they are either locked or unlocked. "Honk" for locking and "Honk Honk" for unlocking. Until moving here, I only knew of cars that beeped or flashed the indicator lights. [SEE! RIGHT NOW! "Honk" and "Honk Honk" just went off again]. These people!

Its bad enough that the cars come configured this way but these drivers can't remember whether or not they locked the car and what the number of honks mean so that they don't have to make it happen repeatedly! They never just give us a single "Honk" or "Honk Honk". They seem to get to their car, press the button and realize that they have just locked the car instead of unlocking it. So, what do they to? Press it again! Other times I think they press the button to lock then car, and then unlock it, just to be sure it was locked the first time, and then unlock it again. Its really really noisy here.

It wouldn't annoy me so much if the cars weren't right outside Aaron's window. As it is, he's had to get used to sleeping with the loud prayers, modified motorbikes and low flying planes.

HONK! There they go again......

7 comments:

Bilbo said...

We look at it a little differently (since we don't have your perspective of the effect on a sleeping child). We have three cars (don't ask...it's a long story): two of them honk (softly) when locked, but make no sound when they are unlocked; the third flashes its lights three times when locked, and once when unlocked. This bothers Agnes, because she doesn't always notice the flashing lights, but always hears the little honk, and so never knows if the third car is locked or not. Worse than all this are the people who - many times per week - press the panic buttons on their key fobs instead of the lock/unlock buttons...we get serenaded all the time by loud honks, sirens, electronic whoops, flashing lights, etc.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Do they actually know how to drive?

egan said...

That is one of the most annoying features on newer cars. Sounding the horn is overkill. A simple beep or two beeps does the same trick.

Kellan said...

It's enough to drive you crazy - all the honking! Hope you had a good day - see ya. Kellan

Nap Warden said...

Ugh, that's rough. We just moved, our last place was across the street for the emergency room...we heard sirens all day and night. It's amazing what they can sleep through.

MamaGeek said...

It's always those little annoying things that DRIVE A PERSON NUTS! :)

Hydes Like Us said...

Oh man...you may have to resort to drastic measures! That would drive me insane :)

Mrs. Hyde