January 5, 2005 11:14 am

Electrical Anomaly

:note: Sweet – “Love is Like Oxygen”

The house I live in has a peculiar problem. When it was made (god knows how long ago) the electricians did not envision that it would be using as much power as it does now, and was wired accordingly. Therefore, anytime anybody uses a space heater, toaster oven, or hot plate (or any other electric-to-heat device), the power has a wicked tendency to go out. :| This happens almost daily during the winter because the girl next door to Daniel uses a space heater, which is a cardinal sin here. During the summer, it RARELY goes out, so it’s really an overlookable problem most of the time.

However, yesterday I was working on a cool site redesign so I could get rid of the Christmas layout I have up now when I decided I was hungry. I got a frozen dinner thing out of my freezer, put it in the microwave and hit start. Before I could even lift my finger off of the start button, all of the peripheral devices in my room went out. The lights stayed on, but every single other electric item in my room shut off. This was evening-ish, so I just went into Daniel’s room, microwaved my food there, and used his computer for the rest of the night. I ended up watching Moulin Rouge like, 2 1/2 times, but I really only listened to it because I was working on the computer. Used it like a radio.

Anyway, I probably could have just gone downstairs and flipped a breaker, but I have an irrational fear of breaker boxes and turning on and off mass amounts of power. I didn’t want to piss anybody off by adjusting the wrong breaker switch, and yes, they are sort of labeled, but illegibly. So yeah, I just figured I’d wait until Daniel got home and then ask him. As it turned out, I never did anything about it. I told him, but we didn’t make any moves to go fix it. For all I knew, my power could have come back on by itself. It’s on this morning, so I don’t know. I really need to hire another electrician to fix this dilemma and help me with other electrical concerns like data cabling, electrical outlet repair, circuit breaker inspection, etc. I’ve tried contacting electrical contractors like S&M Electric or Hometown Electrical Doctor to help me with my electrical concerns. However, it still needed repair. Now, I’m looking into other contractors like Master Electrical Service or Koehn Electric to see if they can solve the problem. 

The terrible thing about the power going out in my room yesterday was that the redesign I mentioned I was working on, well, I hadn’t saved it yet. *hangs head in shame* :( I know you’re supposed to save early and save often, but I was almost done. I was this close to saving it as the final thing. And… and… and now it’s gone. And I have to do it all over again. And I’m not looking forward to it. I’m going to re-do it, but I’m just really upset that I forgot to save it to begin with. How lame. :(

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