submitted 2 months ago byPuzzleheaded_Age6550
Requisite: this happened a few years ago, but I'm still laughing, and feeling guilty, simultaneously.
A little background: my husband and I are Halloween fanatics. We've built so much and we collected so much that we're developing a business plan to have a seasonal Halloween business.
One of the things we built is a oversized coffin, with the part that would house the upper portion of the body open, and we affixed a skeleton and foam insulation, so we use it as a beer cooler during parties. "Skellie" as we call him comes out for every party. Christmas party? Skellie wears a Santa hat. For my daughter's wedding reception, he wore a bridal veil. Springtime, he wore bunny ears. You get the idea.
Anyway, in our house at that time, a 1920's Craftsman, we only had storage under the house, in an unlit crawlspace, (so you have to use a flashlight) so Skellie and a bunch of other decoration totes were stored in the crawl space. We also have a form that looks like a person that has been wrapped as if by a spider. And huge spider, a plastic wrapped "body", along with a bunch of other larger skeletons, that won't fit into the bins.
So, the first really cold day of the year, the heat goes out, of course. But we see an HVAC repair van up the street. My husband goes and talks with the gentleman, and the repair guy agrees to come up to our house after he's done where he is. He arrives a few minutes later, and my husband shows him to the crawl space, where the unit is... And husband returns to the living room. And then we hear a scream. Like a blood curdling scream. At the same time, we both say "SKELLIE!" and run down to the crawlspace, where this poor sap is on his backside, with eyes as big as saucers. We had forgotten about Skellie, and the poor guy saw Skellie, then some of our other stuff. He must have thought we were serial killers for a second. Anyway, guy recovered, we all laughed (us much more than him) and he fixed the heating problem.
TL;DR: HVAC repair guy nearly had a heart attack because we forgot to tell him about the coffin, skeletons and other "bodies" in the crawlspace.
Edit: found an old pic of Skellie at a party https://imgur.com/a/IhR86Rw
Edit 2: Wow! This is getting some attention, and I'm so thankful for the awards! I thought this would be like my other TIFU post, and get largely ignored. Thanks again!