Thursday, 29 December 2016
Inanimate Objects Raising Their Heads Again
I have blogged on this subject many times without ever being convinced by the comments of others, "pure coincidence", or "just bad timing" they say.
For some reason my household goods have ganged up on me again and are out to spoil my brief break from work.
A short while before Christmas my pull-cord bathroom light failed to work, so, thinking the bulb had gone I dragged the ten-ton step ladder upstairs and removed the bulb replacing it with a new one.
The bulb would not 'take' or 'attach' properly to the fitting so with the help of my cleaning lady I got hold of a good local electrician who came round had a look and told me the fitting was broken and needed replacing. This he did, fitted the old bulb which was perfectly OK and he also tightened a link in the pull cord.
Wonderful I thought, so quick, so efficient and cheap too. Glad it was done before Christmas.
On Christmas Eve my watch stopped. Too late to get a battery, so no watch over Christmas. A nuisance but not essential.
Later on Christmas Eve my ancient electric kettle started to leak. Oh well, I thought, I have a replacement bought a while ago in the kitchen cupboard, when I have time I'll throw out the leaking one and start using the new one.
After the Christmas morning service (and about 3 hours sleep) I got out the new kettle, put some water in it intending to boil and throw away the first lot of water.
Putting the kettle on its base I plugged it in and went to switch it on. No switch!
For some reason when I had bought it 18 months ago I had simply thrown the box away and put the kettle into a cupboard thinking it would be handy to keep it in the kitchen for when the other one finally packed up.
How I had failed to notice it had no switch I don't know, but one thing was certain, no store was going to replace a kettle bought 18 months ago, or believe that I had not broken off the switch.
Yesterday I bought another kettle, this time I asked them to open the box and check nothing was missing before I would pay for it.
Now I have two kettles to throw away.
What next I wonder?
I am resolutely 'not noticing' that the water in the taps is running hot and I haven't put the water heater on..
Posted by Ray Barnes at 11:17:00 am