This May Shock You

Darwin awards electrocutionSometimes it’s a wonder I’m still alive. (Oh geez, Louise, the hyperbole!) No, but really… I don’t mean all my crazy antics, adventures or anticipated shark diving in 2014.

I’m talking about the day-to-day, Darwinian prose of my life. (If you steal that, I will hunt you down and hurt you with methods you can’t imagine. Seriously…read my fiction. I’m sick.)

My family knows what I’m talking about. They generally rush to remove sharp objects from my hands when possible, and try to limit my participation in home improvement projects. I argue that despite several cuts and scrapes and a nearly severed thumb (only once!) I have managed to survive four decades (egads! really!?!?) without serious injury.

My latest incident came from a full-hand grab to unplug my laptop, phone and bluetooth from the surge strip in our temporary accommodations. The plug was a tight fit in the socket, and when I went to pull it out, it was stuck pretty hard.

So in my haste, I wiggled the plug out enough so that I could wrap my fingers around it to pull.

Darwin awards electrocutionI got a shock that ran straight through to my ticker. My arm shook, my lower lip trembled.Ā  My right arm went numb for a little while. I waited it out and after awhile it got tingly, then seemed to be normal again, so I figured no serious harm done.220 volts is the standard here in South Africa, and it’s a little rougher on the body than 110, folks. Strangely, I haven’t had my usual heart palpitations since.Ā  I think that jolt knocked out my existing arrhythmia, at least temporarily.

What made this extra careless is that both the surge strip and the wall outlet have a shutoff switch.

Darwin awards electrocution

In any case, it was a little scary and thankfully I learned my lesson without any serious damage.

Okay, okay. I learned it at least until the next time I’m in a hurry. I’m kind of like Homer Simpson, and you just have to be around me enough to watch and listen for the D’oh!

All right, short and sweet post today, and back to the manuscript before my beautiful (but tenacious!) editor decides I’m piddling around on the blog too much. šŸ˜‰

Love, Marla

9 thoughts on “This May Shock You

  1. Glad you’re okay Marla but as my Dad is a fully qualified electrical engineer he would have had a fit at that overloaded extension lead – look after yourself

  2. From one electric-fence-grabber to another (THANKS, YOUREBBERLUBBINGRUDDER)…YEAH, I saw that one coming… and you need to remember Homer Simpson’s infamous line, …”Lisa, I haven’t learned a thing”!

  3. Quite a shocking endeavor you had there, glad you are ok! I seemed to have been shocked many times by just that pansy 110 volt stuff, so it seems you have stepped it right up to the the big volts. Your tougher than me lol watch that stuff it will curl your hair and give you a metal taste that doesn’t go away that fast!

  4. Hahaha…glad you’re ok! May not be the WILDLIFE that gets you;may be your own WILD-LIFE!!

    1. Anyway, be careful next time, and remember… volts may thrill, but it’s the amps that kill. (Just made that one up! True tho!)

  5. brilliant, how you make the bland stuff seem so very interesting…. you are one amazing writer…!!! šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

  6. I’ve ever got the same experience, Marla, and that make me a little overcareful for everything that related to electricity

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