Monday, August 08, 2005

AC/DC (the other one)


I bought a new desk and credenza for my office/den. Mom and Bonnie love to get up early and go to garage sales. The only time I like to get up early is if I'm taking a trip somewhere. Rummaging through other people's crap is not nearly motivating enough to make me get out from under my snuggly covers. However, that doesn't stop me from taking advantage of some of the bargains mom and Bonnie stumble upon. They found the desk, end table and credenza for $200 total and it's beautiful. After I get the room fixed up, I'll post some pictures.

When I was taking down my computer, I tried to keep track of all of the computer cords and power cords. Since I've done that a million times I wasn't as careful as I should have been. This time, I happened to have my electric screwdriver plugged into the surge suppressor with my other computer equipment and, somehow, when I put everything back together I plugged my electric screwdriver into the AC adapter that goes with my scanner instead of the smaller one that should have gone with the screwdriver.

I was sitting here last night when I thought I smelled something funky. Then, I thought I smelled something REALLY funky. I got up and went into my bedroom where I had plugged in the screwdriver and it was melting into my carpet. Thank God I didn't hide it behind the curtains after I plugged it in like I was going to do.

So, here's your public service announcement for tonight. When those little warning labels on AC adaptors say to use them only with the equipment they came with, no mixing and matching, just do it.

8 comments:

Lorna said...

Listen, if you really want to melt your carpet, you could do it faster with an iron, or a little old bonfire. I'm just saying....

Ed Abbey said...

You store your electric screwdriver in your bedroom? The jokes and puns about this are virtually limitless.

Bonnie Ransonette said...

Oh my god...!!! You could have caught your house on fire, then how would I have gotten my desk.

Oh yea. You could have gotten hurt too

Anonymous said...

...and YOU were going to assist Wang Chi with his electrical problems????

Comfort Addict said...

That reminds me of the time my sister fried my (then rare) Walkman that I had bought in Japan. I think that she used an adapter twice too powerful and reverse the polarity.

Laurie said...

Lorna - Sounds like you speak from experience.

Ed - Perhaps I should have put "screwdriver" in quotes? My mom reads this blog, you know.

Bonnie - You'll get your damn desk, brat.

Anonymous (Miss Jane?) - I was just going to hold his beer and call 911 at the appropriate moment.

Comfort Addict - I'm telling you, those adaptor warnings are not playing.

Susan in St. Paul said...

Good thing you have a good sense of smell. They used to sell little color coded dots to mark plugs and cables with.

Glad you discovered it quickly.

Laurie said...

Susan - I need to get me some of them dots.