The other day, as I was leaving Walgreens, I heard this horrible high-pitched sound in my car. I first made sure all of the windows were rolled up properly.
I turned off the radio to make sure it wasn't part of some (horrible) song.
I realized I had the A/C going, so maybe one of the vents wasn't opened all the way? You know how sometimes if you open or close the air vents, some air squeaks through (literally)? I checked them all, and it made no difference. I could still hear the high-pitched whining noise, almost like an awful whistle or some tiny fairy screaming while it's infesting the tissue of my brain. The only thing that made the noise go away was cranking the A/C fan up to 3.
So I did.
Until I got too cold, but then I was thankfully near my destination so I didn't have to be cold or have a headache by the horrible squealing noise Satan brain fairy.
Later that night, when leaving rehearsal, I heard the sound again. Crap! I thought, and I went to crank the A/C fan to 3...when I realized I didn't have the A/C on. At all.
But you know what was "on"?
The pink car lighter adapter and (matching pink) lightning cord I had purchased from Walgreens earlier that day, which was currently charging my phone.
I unplugged the cords at a stoplight. The high-pitched noise stopped.
I plugged them back in. The noise started again: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeIIIIIIIEeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I unplugged them again. The tiny demon fairy noise stopped.
I plugged it back in -- eeeeeIIIIIIIEeeeeee -- I wiggled the plug around to make sure it was connected all the way.
The noise didn't stop.
I sighed and unplugged the cord for good so my brain would stop screaming in unison with the squealing.
This was not the super power I wanted*, Universe!
It's the same super power that lets me hear if a TV or computer monitor is plugged in within a 20+ foot radius.
It's the same super power that lets me hear "silent" dog whistles.
And now it lets me pick up iOS charging materials.
*Where's Leonard's origin story? Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, have you heard about my #lightningcar? Or the airplane I was in that was struck by lightning? Or those times I was electrically shocked? But instead of Electro, I got Krypto the Super Dog.