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January 7th, 2005
On this day 6 years ago I was in labor with my daughter.
Today, I woke up feeling wonderfull after a solid sleep last night.
The day began average. I sat down at the computer load up my usual game.

Poof! my computer spontaneously shuts off. The whole system goes down. Cable modem, linux server, my computer, the cable phone. Hubbies computer, the scanner, the cameras, printers. Everything dead. I think what the hell? did a breaker blow? I get up from chair and beep beep beep accross the whole system things are coming back up. So I think okay, it's not the breaker. I'm watching the linux server loading all it's packages in scroller-coaster I sit back down.

Poof!

Off it all goes again. At this point I say a choiced cuss word and get back up. Beep beep beep beep! up everything comes. I scratch my head... watching Linux again loading packages.

I sit back down Poof! it's off.

So whats the deal? my chair is haunted?

I've a bunch of things going through mind. So to the storage room I walk, shove the kids bed out of the way of the door, falling over a toy bumping my forehead on the door. Cussing again. My daughter thinking it amuseing repeats my F word. I fuss at her and stumble through the storage room.
My storage room is so tight with stuff that even a mountain goat would complain! I wedge a slippered foot between boxes and wiggle for secure footing and lean in a stretch to reach the breaker box. Flip flip and flipping some more. I shut the whole blooming house down and flipped them all back to on with a verbal "there you sucker Work now!"

So sure enough I climb out of the storage room, fall back over the same toy that tripped me the first time. You'd think I woulda learned the first time? Not even. So the whole system is beeping and coming alive. I smile thinking okay we have workage! All until I sat down. Poof! *SIGH*

I yell to the kid to get her shoes on (I'm letting her play hookey tgoday being her birthday and she had a shot yesterday. She deserves time off for 3 day weekend). She gets her shoes on. I pick up the keys from kitchen chair where I pitched them to forget them yesterday. Then spend several minutes looking for my purse (did I mention my house is cluttered?)

We jump in the dodge pickup and drive down the road. (can't use the house phone since it's a cable phone). I go to one conveinance store closest up the road. Someones stolen the pay phone from there. I drive accross the intersection to another conveinance store. Wheee! heres the big blue phone it has to work right?

This day can't get more weird. Wrong... it eats 50 cents and refuses to do anything but give a busy signal. Okay I know Time Warner cable is a busy company my husband works for but this can't be right. So the phone eats another fifty cents. I've now wasted a dollar in change on a phone that just stands there spiteing me. *SIGH again* I drive a little farther to the bread store that knows me by name. I ask to use their phone. Sure no problem -- a phone that works whee! I listen to Time Warner's automated system and wait ages to get a customer care rep. She doesn't have a clue who my husband is and lists me two (The same name) ---- (This is weird two men named the same in the same company? twilight zone) So I reach voicemail for a (his name). It sounded like his recorded voice so I take a chance with a "Honey," (my prelude to saying somethings FUBAR) I continue "theres a problem at home. I need you to come home immediately. The whole house is power surgeing." (It's okay to overexaggerate when it comes to getting his attention and actually have him drive 50+ miles home, right?) *snickers*

So I get home to find the systems on. I sit back down and poof again it's all off. I think okay Brian will be here soon just hang on.
So sure enough in walks the hubby looking frantic "are you okay?" He first asks since I led him to believe in his mind the house was burning down with electrical problem (I'm not the only one to overexxagerate stuff). So he tells me to go clean out the storage room. I do while he's back in the car driving to the landlords place with a note.
The note reads: EMERGENCY, We are having SEVERE electrical problems. Need Electrician ASAP. Phone needs power so doesn't work right now.

He returns home. I have the stoage room complete. He fiddles around with the computers and notes "hmmm, why is the surge strip off?" He reaches down pulls the plastic floor protector rolly chair base thing (he just carried home last night and gave me) away from the surge strip.

Lo and Behold! the plastic hard edge was bumping the surge strip every time I sat down and would ease out of the way to allow power back to come back on. (hey I wasn't far off from thinking my chair was haunted). So in laughter he tells me to go back to the landlords and retrieve the note from her door he had taped up. So I re-find my purse. I'm cracking up in giggles. He says turn around and slaps me on the arse for being a dummy not to realize what the probelm was. I drive back to the landlords mansion laughing all the way to and from. I get in the door still chuckling.
 

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I was going to go for a loose power strip plug at the wall... my foot rested against the cord on mine 3 or 4 times causing similar effects before I figured it out. :)

Glad to hear that Shad didn't get too mad for the expansion of the truth.
 

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Heck no he's not mad. He got to leave work and drive fast to get home. :D
 

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Well I did have to fsck the bsd box and sit there for thirty minutes hitting y...
 

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ShadowDragon said:
Well I did have to fsck the bsd box and sit there for thirty minutes hitting y...

I'd say that alone deserves dinner out on her - at *your* favorite restaurant. ;)
 

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ShadowDragon said:
I'm the only one that works. :tongue:

Now you've gone and got yourself in trouble... and I feel like an accomplice. :) Guess you haven't been married long enough to have learned. What's hers is hers, and whats yours is hers. :D The only thing you'd have got out of dinner on her was going to *your* favorite place... guess I should've PM'd you to take money 'cause you were going to have to pay the bill regardless.
 

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Yeah, um, I was gonna say.. No UPS ? Doesn't sound like Brian.. Therefore powerstrip after a UPS going wacko.. :)

Power goes out here.. I get 30mins of power.. :)

Tv, Stereo, All 6 computers, Modems, Firewalls, VoIP phone, all on Big daddy UPS's :)

oh, no power strips..
 

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Connie that's priceless and I'm still laughing imaging the whole thing since we've been to the house. Glad to hear the chair isn't haunted and what a great way to get him home! :D
 

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About the same thing happened to me, my computer and everything connected to my power strip would turn off. Sometimes everything would go off, then come back on. Weird... so one time I get down there atfer it really pisses me off (playing game, couldnt save =P) everything looks good, accept the power cord going to the outlet, from the power strip, is halfway unplugged. Whenever my foot or the desk would move, it would loose power, then regain power.... weird stuff. Hey shad, sometimes being at home with kids and a hungry husband is more difficult then work =P But working is hard to. So you both should deserve something.. =P Good job guys =)
 

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Yeah, it's just a store locator though. And Doodaa, we're just playin'. ;)
 
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