I think I might be getting old. Some days, my brain doesn’t seem to be what it used to be. And apparently, light fixtures ain’t what they used to be either. Yes, the two are related. I promise.
For the second time in a month, I had to buy a new light fixture. (No, not because I blew it up or anything). First, it was the outside porch light. The wires were so corroded and badly deteriorated that the light would not work. Since one of my self-assigned trades is that of electrician, I fixed it myself. And yes, it is still working!
Then, this past week, the living room light went out. Thinking it was just a blown bulb, I started to change it. But the moment I touched the fixture, the light made a sizzling pop and then came on. So, since I do not relish the idea of loose wires shorting out and burning down my house, I made another trip to Home Depot on Saturday.
I was planning to replace the fixture Sunday afternoon. I had everything ready and started to go turn off the electricity—not too keen on wiring live wires—when I realized my wife was busy sewing. The plug she was using, as well as any others in the room, was on the same circuit as the light. No big deal, I thought, I’d just wait until Sunday night.
Only one little problem with that idea. Not only was the plug my wife was using on the same circuit as the light, ALL the lights and plugs on that end of the house are on the same circuit. That would seem to make it difficult to see while re-wiring a fixture—at night. I did realize this before actually turning the electricity off, and said something to my wife about her husband not being too brilliant. The bad part is, she agreed. After having a good chuckle at my expense, she gave me a rolling-of-the-eyes look, and then her fitting words were, “Lights are on, nobody’s home.”
Bruce A. Borders is the author of more than a dozen books, including: Inside Room 913, Over My Dead Body, The Journey, Miscarriage Of Justice, and The Wynn Garrett Series. Available in ebook at www.amazon.com/Bruce-A.-Borders/e/B006SOLWQS and paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. Bruce A. Borders is a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.