The garbage man incident.
This is far less severe than it really is, but I got some good practice in clearing the house. Yesterday Im in my basement on the phone with a coworker chattin it up when all the sudden I hear a very loud BANG. The whole house literally shook.
"oh boy, the wolves are at door." is what I thought, Told my coworker I'd call him back and immediately hung up. I had the XD right next to me coz I brought it in from the car immediately after I got home, charged it up and cleared the house. Then I went outside to see what was happening, nobody at the front door, the porch, anywhere. Nothing on the roof either, so I put Jerry (my petname for the XD) in the back of my waist coz the neighbors have a daycare and the kids were out and about, didnt want to alarm them. walked up to one of the parents who was in the street and asked if they heard the same thing. Jen, the owner of the daycare came out said
"yeah, it was a garbage truck that just came through and exhaust backfired."
"Jeez, that scared the snot outve me. It sounded like a shotgun going off."
"Dont worry Steve, the neighborhood's safe, the Chinese aren't invading."
They know I have guns in my house and have kind of designated me the neighborhood watchdog. I couldn't help but laugh afterwords.