Saturday, January 30, 2010

On to the electrical system...

I'm not gonna lie to you, I am sort of terrified of electricity. Maybe it stems from the fact that when I was a kid I witnessed my brother Greg sticking a fork into an outlet. The result was not pretty: black soot trail from outlet to ceiling... brother shot across room, laying motionless on the floor, eyes like X's, mother running around in circles screaming, "Oh, Lord Jesus! God damn it! What were you boys thinking?"...Thing is, I knew, even at the tender age of five, that he shouldn't have done it --I knew, almost instinctively that something terrible would surely ensue, and as the older sibling, I probably should have said something like: "dude, don't stick that fork in the outlet," and yet I sat there silent as the grave and just watched the drama unfold.

So flash forward and here I am about to electrify Merriman Park, my first dollhouse. Hopefully I will be able to accomplish this daunting task without burning it, and my own house, down to the ground!

I have read a few books on the subject and --OK, I might not be the brightest star in the constellation, but I'm not a complete moron, either. ( Even if I do say so myself). But every time I try to get through these books I am like , "Oh, god, I'm bored!" Amps, watts , volts --might as well be talking about --well, sports, or something. Just don't get it.


Missy said...[Reply]

Oh, the memories! I stuck a pair of scissors in an outlet when I was little, probably 5 or 6. I knew better, but I did it anyway. I still have the blunt-pointed scissors with the burned blade. It knocked me back, but didn't hurt me. Did I learn not to do stupid things? Nope.... :-( Don't worry. 12V isn't strong enough to do damage. :-)

John said...[Reply]

I bet you never stuck a scissors in an outlet again!

Simon Williams said...[Reply]

Hi. I love the way you write.
Thought I'd display my own rather inept ability!