Thursday, April 10, 2014

And today as an extension of yesterday.........

So yesterday I blogged about so many things going wrong and ended by wondering what could be in store for me today...

Well of course the phone repairman didn't come back, and NATURALLY the intermittent fault was there and I couldn't ring out.  An hour on my cellphone to the provider and a new fault logged.  Yes it's the same fault but he had signed it off.  Well, it WAS working yesterday.  Anyone like to take bets on the likelihood of it working when he next appears?

Then I had an appointment at the hospital, I walked into the clinic and the lights went out.  Computers whirred down to silent, and the receptionist looked at me and said with a laugh, "Goodness!  Did you do that?!"  Hey, anything's possible at the moment!  So of course they were unable to access my records or the printer, but no sweat, scripts can be written by hand and consults don't need much in the way of electricity.  So I left and drove down town to the pharmacy, and it soon became obvious that this was not a small outage.  
All the traffic lights were out.  
All the shops were dark, it was pouring with rain and the traffic was barely moving.
Eventually I made it to the pharmacy - who couldn't dispense with no lights, computers, records, power.....  But who kindly did dispense one lone tablet - half tonight, half tomorrow, by which time surely the power would be back on?

Drove down my street - at last some easy driving!  Pulled up my drive, pressed the automatic door opener.... and realised it was powered by electricity.  
And that the only key I had on me was my car key.
I was effectively (and it transpired, securely) locked out.
Over to my lovely neighbours.
Tried all their spare keys......
Had success with knocking the back door key out of the door, but that wasn't the answer I had hoped for.
Was settling in for a who-knows-how-long-maybe-sleepover at the neighbours, and the lights came back on!
I was out the door so quickly in case it was just a 30-second flicker of power, but my integral garage door opened and I was in the house!  Wahoo!  But not all the city is as lucky, my mother's suburb among others is still in the cold, silent darkness.
Lightning strike apparently the cause.

Not sure if I should get out of bed tomorrow.....

Oh yes I'll need to go back to the pharmacy.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It was a day of ups and downs.....

So for the last four days, (including a weekend which apparently doesn't count) I haven't been able to phone out from my home phone and have had very erratic ability to receive calls.  Yesterday, finally, their technical people got onto it and required me to do an isolation test on each and all jack points, removing filters, splitters and anything plugged in, then trying two different phones - one a corded one - in each of them without filter etc.  No joy.   A text on Monday from my security company to report my monitored alarm was unable to send a test message back to base.  I told them about our phone issues and not to panic.
Today - ah today.
So today the lines and wiring man came and everything worked.  He declared it to be my filter - which makes it my financial responsibility for his call out.  "But," I protested, "yesterday, without the filter the phone didn't work!  AND the unfiltered security jack obviously didn't work!"  
He's put it as an unfinished job and is coming back tomorrow.  Meanwhile, just in case, I've bought a new filter.  But seriously, it's an intermittent fault.  Bet it's fine when he comes tomorrow....

Then there's my boots.  When I took them off last night, I realised the soles on both of them were badly split.  I can't work out why I didn't have wet feet, we've had several days of rain.  Oh I love those boots!  Okay, yes, sure they are seven years old, almost exactly.
So after the phone tech left I took them to the shoe repairer, who said........ "Yep, I can resole these!"  Wahoo!

Just before dinner I turned on the dining room and lounge lights and - seriously!!!  Bulbs gone in BOTH?  The lounge one is a complex beast but fortunately I kept the box from last time I replaced it, on which I'd written the shop, price and which light it was for.  Yay me!  But goodness!

Oh and at work today (a library) a patron was reported to me drawing in a book.  He (a 12 yr old male) admitted it when asked, turned out he was drawing "boy parts" around the margins of a submarine book.  Just as well he admitted it - I'd thought it was a smiley face with round eyes and a long nose.......

Wonder what's in the wind for tomorrow....?!