Do you ever wonder whether you’re having a lucky day or an unlucky day?
This morning, I was cleaning out the big closet. Back before I moved in, I was told it was a "walk-in" closet. Since then, there have only been a few times that I’ve ever been able to walk all the way into it. I decided it was about time for spring cleaning, so I began mining my way into its depths.
I was showing somebody an old scanner and talking about X-Y tables, when suddenly, the light fixture detached itself from the ceiling and plunged downwards, just barely grazing past me, before shattering against the floor!
Clearly, it could only have been the work of a ghost, one that was somehow angered by my talk of X-Y tables.
Well, despite my close brush with supernatural agencies, I was able to fill four big boxes with e-waste, which I will take to the recyclers, er… "soon." Until then, I’ve put the boxes back into the closet, which means that it is still not cleaned out. In fact, the only difference seems to be that the junk is now in a different configuration, and the entire mess is now lit by the harsh glare of a bare bulb. Another job well done!
Once I got done with that, I thought I’d clean up my work bench. After a bit of sorting and tidying, I thought I’d turn off the fluorescent light. Well, there are two ways to do that. The easy way is to push the little glowing button on the power strip… which turns everything else off, too. Not very convenient if one has batteries to charge, etc. The other way is to kind of reach back behind the objects that don’t have anywhere else to go (on account of the closet being full of junk) and then unplug the lamp from the socket. Ahh, you see where this is going, don’t you?
Fortunately, the worst that happened was that all those objects that didn’t have anywhere else to go suddenly found themselves going elsewhere. The floor, in this case. I was thus left with yet another mess to clean up as a result of even daring to clean up the original mess.
But despite all that, and despite the helicopter even now circling the neghborhood (which I insist that I know absolutely nothing about), I don’t really feel that it’s been a particularly lucky or unlucky day… just an interesting one.