Last time I was on here my life was falling apart around me. I was surrounded by appliance cadavers.
It were spooky, ya’ll.
Guess what? They all came back to life! I wandered out into my front yard to try to find the newspaper in the jungle of grass that needs mowing and apparently the top of my head was still visible. My next door neighbor with the immaculate yard called out to me so I took my machete and made my way over to the property line.
He asked me if my air conditioner compressor was running.
I stared blankly at him for a second wondering why there didn’t even seem to be any mosquitoes in his yard and then snapped to. “OH! Yeah, well my A/C has been running all day, just blowing away hard as it can and there is no cool air coming out.”
He then said, “And your dryer? It’s not heating either, is it?”
At this particular point I’m thinking he’s spying on me and the house is rigged with cameras and hidden microphones. While struggling to remember if I had been wearing clothing all day and what other embarrassing stuff I could have done, I stood there and listened to him explain that “A leg of our transformer has blown.”Everything in both our houses that runs on a 220 circuit won’t work.
Well, this is news to me. I do know that anytime that particular transformer blows my house along with the meticulous yard folks and the neighbors located in the two houses directly behind me all lose power. ALL power. So I just go ahead and believe what he’s saying and slip in little tidbits about how my good underwear is dirty but I DO have some. You know, just in case the theory about the hidden cameras and microphones turns out to be true.
After talking to him for several minutes I ascertain that he has called the power company already and they will be showing up shortly. He mentions that the Homeowners Association would not only be grateful to me for mowing the yard, but appreciative for my efforts in donning a bra before wandering outside.
Yeah, yeah, yeah… I’ll get right on that.
I went back inside my abode and turned on the oven. The digital clock was lit up, but no heat from the cooking deals inside. (Yes, I know they’re called elements!)
It truly is a 220 problem.
Anyway, around midnight and with the house steaming hot from having no A/C all day, the electric crew got my power up and running.
They had to completely shut off the power in order to work on the transformer. Apparently the little sissies don’t want to risk any kinds of nasty little jolts to their precious little bodies. So we not only have no A/C, but no fans either, not to mention lights.
I ran a cool bath and climbed in with a flashlight and my nook. I was sitting there in the spa tub, finally cooling off and guess what I heard immediately to my right, on the outside of the large picture window that overlooks the tub? Men. Talking about the work they are doing. Muttering things about how they wish we had mowed and the mosquitoes are a bitch.
I am sitting NAKED not two feet away from this guy! It was freaky! I have a filmy thing hanging there, in front of the glass that I KNOW you can’t see through, but I know they can see the light from my flashlight.
So, eventually they wander off I kill the light and get out, wake John up and tell him there are men outside the bath window and he mumbles something about “Tell them to mow…”, and goes back to sleep.
Funny thing is that when I was reading my comments a reader named Carla, (a former lurker), figured out what it was just by reading my previous post. She hit the nail on the head!
OR, DOES SHE HAVE CAMERAS AND MICROPHONES HIDDEN IN MY HOUSE?
Comment by Grandmother (Mary) on July 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Glad your dilemma was solved! I mean it really was freaky that even MORE bad luck could come your way. You, who so doesn’t deserve more!
Comment by Kristina P. on July 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm
Lucky him! I have no idea what 220 power is.
Comment by Predo on July 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Come on now! Do you honestly expect us to believe this is the first time you have had men outside your window while you are in the tub? I hear they pay good money for those kinds of tickets!!!! LOL….
I’m jealous, my tub has no window, so I have to parade about the bedroom to be seen…..
Comment by Red Hamster on July 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm
I, too, am clueless about voltage, or wattage, or whatever.
But I’m wondering if the electric crew saw you silhouetted against the window like a naked shadow puppet in your tub…in the dark…with the flashlight. 😉
Comment by Nan on July 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm
*sigh* lucky you! Alas, my washer leak did not turn out to be a false alarm… But mowing would only make the trek to your bathroom window less exciting for all your fans, y’know!
Comment by tattytiara on July 31, 2010 at 11:17 pm
I like that I have neighbors who know what’s broken when things aren’t working and who to call to fix them. Bet they wish they had a neighbor like that too.
Comment by noe noe girl on August 3, 2010 at 7:43 am
damn nosey neighbors! glad you are back up and running!
Comment by Carla on August 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm
*laundry cam… Check.*kitchen cam… Check.*pantry cam… Needs adjusting…*
Comment by Krissa on August 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Uhooooo, I am glad Carla stopped lurking and talked to us. She is funnnny!
Comment by Hyphen Mama on August 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Whew! Who knew to call the electric company when one’s appliances aren’t functioning properly!?? But now all your readers know!
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