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Monday, September 19, 2005

ElectroMagnetics

Am I the only one who drains the life out of batteries? I can't seem to wear a watch for more than one or two months before the battery needs replacing. They just go kaput on me. It was so annoying that I quit wearing one. Even a Timex would frequently say Time Out.

Another thing that bugs me is static electricity. I cannot touch, no make that get close to anything metal without that little bolt of lightening leaping across the airwaves to find me. All those metal filing cabinets at work are a source of constant dread to me. I keep my keys in my pocket so that if I must get into a drawer I grab a key and approach the metal and watch the little lightening bolt leap to it. That way the shock that I get is greatly reduced. Still it is a scary thing. Especially if the keys are not in my pocket. My hand will reach for the cabinet, and pull back over and over again, until I get the courage to just bite the bullet and do it. When I have to open something that is wrapped in plastic, watch out. The plastic will cling to me. I can move the stuff from hand to hand without actually doing anything but let the one hand get close to the other. Sometimes this can interfere with my work as I must experiment with it because I feel that there is a point where if I keep my hands at the correct distance from one another I could suspend the plastic in space and time. Alas, the only thing that I suspend is work time, but there are those times when the experiment is more facsinating than the work.

The car I had before this one had electrical problems too. It was an 1984 Lincoln towncar which I got in 1995. My former boss was the previous owner. It had all the bells and whistles that a luxury car should have. It would not start for me on a regular basis. I would have to pop open the hood and jiggle the wires and eventually the beast would start again. It also got frequent trips to the mechanics to try to troubleshoot the problem but I never got any satisfaction out of that. Then one time the car decided to die right at an intersection where I was waiting to make a left turn. It would not start. I was on the famous Route 66 and I was in the way. A police car came along and pushed me around the corner and into a nearby parking lot. When this boat had no power it was difficult to manuever. Steering and braking without that help is very hard on a 5'3" wee body. Back to the shop and a new thick film ignition thingy was installed. Hooray! Problem solved at last! Then my husband and I were out for a cruise through the great Mojave Desert and the door locks start going on and off. They were just clicking away going on and off in a sporadic fashion. We stopped somewhere for a bite to eat and figured when we turned the car off and removed the key it would stop. No way! The car locks just kept clicking away like there was some phantom sitting at the controls that we could not see. When we got home the only way to stop it was to remove the correct fuse, otherwise the beast would have continued on through the night and as it was parked outside (no garage) it would have been vulnerable to the local thieving hoards. They would have seen this barge as a great party car for a night. Well another trip to the mechanics and an expensive new computer just to control the door locks and I decided that this car's days were numbered! So what do I buy. A little 1998 Ford Contour (which I love) that has no, nada, bells and whistles (except the one to remind me that I've left the keys in the ignition, which I am very grateful for but apparently don't always listen to it). The consumer reports magazine reports that this car has problems with it's electrical systems! So far I have been doing okay with it. After I traded in the Lincoln I got a recall notice from Ford, Lincoln, Mercury on it about how the thick film ignition switch was faulty and needed replacing. No kidding! About ten years too late I think. Then I got a class action lawsuit notice from some sharks about it. But after I traded the beast in I chucked all the maintenance records so I get no recompense from there either.

13 Comments:

At 11:55 AM, September 19, 2005, Blogger mdmhvonpa said...

I shuffle my feet a bit and thus, generate a little charge myself. It's horrible in the winter. Wearing rubber sole boots is of no help either.

I think I shall christen thee 'Lightning Lady'

 
At 11:08 PM, September 21, 2005, Blogger Steel said...

Well, what do ya know. I was just going to tell Mouse about you Mark. Small world huh?

Anyway ... nice writing Mouse.

I'll get you on the blog roll here pretty quick.

 
At 11:38 PM, September 21, 2005, Blogger Amy Byrd said...

Hi Mouse,

Electric lady! I have the same problems with getting shocked. I have weird routines I go through in the winter to lessen the shocks of opening doors and with opening anything metal. I have to say I was glad to hear your car's electrical malfunctions were not caused by you! I had a Ford Contour once, too, and I loved it. Great car.

Nice blog and your writing is a pleasure to read.

Amy

 
At 9:01 AM, September 22, 2005, Blogger mdmhvonpa said...

Mouse ... oh, you know you're in for it when both Steel and Amy (Phoenix) land on your deck! :)

 
At 4:27 AM, September 23, 2005, Blogger personallog! said...

Electrical problems all over the globle it seems! Are you the reason my celing lights dont work? Hope you have better hair days soon sweetie!

Dave

 
At 2:16 PM, September 23, 2005, Blogger Pris said...

Used to have that problem a lot when I lived in cooler weather. Not so since I moved to Florida, thank goodness. We just get hurricanes here!

 
At 5:11 PM, September 23, 2005, Blogger Amy Byrd said...

Hi Mouse,

Just stopped in to see if you'd written anything lately. I was thinking about you because we're having a storm right now and the lightning is ferocious. I'm thinking it might make my hair stand on end! It's already shut down my computer once. I'm going to read some of your earlier posts.

Oh, I looked at your profile.... Yes on A Tale of Two Cities and Shogun. I read all of Dickens in the eleventh grade. I honestly think I learned more from reading his works than I did in college. Hmm.. come to think of it, I learned how to drink cheap bourbon in college. (South Carolina private girls' college, ya know.. :) I read all of James Clavelle's books after Shogun. I hated when those books ended! My son is an avid mountain biker. I have wheels and bodies of bikes all over my garage!

 
At 5:12 PM, September 23, 2005, Blogger Amy Byrd said...

Hi Mouse,

Just stopped in to see if you'd written anything lately. I was thinking about you because we're having a storm right now and the lightning is ferocious. I'm thinking it might make my hair stand on end! It's already shut down my computer once. I'm going to read some of your earlier posts.

Oh, I looked at your profile.... Yes on A Tale of Two Cities and Shogun. I read all of Dickens in the eleventh grade. I honestly think I learned more from reading his works than I did in college. Hmm.. come to think of it, I learned how to drink cheap bourbon in college. (South Carolina private girls' college, ya know.. :) I read all of James Clavelle's books after Shogun. I hated when those books ended! My son is an avid mountain biker. I have wheels and bodies of bikes all over my garage!

 
At 7:47 PM, September 24, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Sir Mdm, I am happy to be a lady, it's much nicer than a dame:)

 
At 7:49 PM, September 24, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Hi Steel! I actually found you on Mark's blog and picked up an interest. I found Mark on Erik's blog, etc. etc. I'm sort of a travelling subversive:)

 
At 7:53 PM, September 24, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Hey Big Dave! Are things stormin' over there in Jolly Olde too? I did live in London's Chalk Farm back in the early 70's but I never made it to Manchester so you can't blame your ceiling light's short circuiting on me! LOL

 
At 8:03 PM, September 24, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Hi Pris, good to see you. You might have a lot of rain with those hurricanes but the view out your window is always so green and cool and lovely. I'll be stopping by to get my dose of ever lovin' poetry soon!

 
At 8:14 PM, September 24, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Hi Amy, I started with Dicken's "Hard Times" when I was still in elementary school. For some reason, I think it was chicken pox, I was stuck in bed for a week. Up until that point in my life reading was mandatory, not pleasurable, but I could not put that book down. Sometime in the near future I will have an actual hair raising tale to tell! Sorry, but I move at the speed of a tortoise, so daily posts are not to be expected from me, at least not while I'm gainfully employed anyway:)

 

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