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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Lamp Power
This morning I left Cleveland after 6am and drove straight to my office. I got there just a bit before 10.... not bad timing. I worked until 7:30pm. I'm tired! Today was one of those stressful "oh my gosh I'm really glad I'm leaving" sort of days, sadly enough.

When I got home, I found some annoyed kitties. "I thought you said you were coming back yesterday, and we're sooo hungry!" I also found the light I ordered last week, sitting in a box on my porch.

Once I got the cats fed, I happily unpacked my light and started putting it together. As I did so, my mind wandered....

It was at least ten years ago, and I'd met a guy at a job fair or something. I gave him my number, and he called the next day. We were chatting -- it's hard to think of things to talk about sometimes, so I mentioned something I was pleased about. "Oh guess what I did today.... I bought a new bookcase!"

His response surprised me. "Oh no," he said, sounding annoyed. "Now you want me to come over and put it together for you?"

I will pause for a moment for the collective gasp from everyone who knows me to subside.

It's a shame, because he'd been cute. But a guy who leaps to that kind of conclusion? Clearly not looking to date a girl like me. I was hurt and offended, both that he thought I couldn't take care of it myself, and because he assumed I was asking him for something instead of just sharing something that had made me happy.

Back to the present... I got the light all put together, then I plugged it in. Then I got a bulb for it. The socket had a "do not eat" packet in there for some reason, and I pulled it out. Then I felt around to make sure there wasn't more junk in there. I gave my fingers a good shake with a squinched-up expression on my face, because the mild electrocution was uncomfortable. Then I screwed in the bulb. Quite bright! Then I realized that the shade wouldn't attach with the bulb in. I unplugged the lamp this time, pleased with my forethought. I removed the bulb. I fussed around with it for awhile, because it wasn't clear how the shade was to attach. I figured it out, put the shade on, put the bulb back on, and turned the lamp back on. Nothing. Oh yeah, the plug! Whose stupid idea was it to unplug it anyway?

See, I said I was tired today.... but even after a four-hour drive and a nine-hour day at work, I still didn't need a silly guy to put together a piece of furniture for me!

The light looks nice. It's still a little bright though.... I might get a lower wattage bulb later. I'm not sure.

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 13th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Need to add a picture of the lamp.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 13th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
That is awesome. Thank you!

Oh, and my kitties are waving their paws at yours.
anderale From: anderale Date: December 13th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
goodness. Electrocuting yourself, even mildly, I think is a sign of exhaustion. I hope you get to sleep in a bit tomorrow.
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From: writerwench Date: December 13th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Tellya what, if she'd done it in the UK, it'd have been 240V, and that SMARTS.

Yeh, my chap finds it quite disturbing and almost an affront to his masculinity that I cheerfully assemble and install furniture, lights, stuff... but any guy who assumes I need that kind of help is waaaaaay off base.

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From: writerwench Date: December 13th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Well-trained'... oh cripes yes! I think that comment says a lot more about the person making the comment than the person it's about... 'I feel very uncomfortable and threatened that you willingly undertake traditionally sex-segregated functions without any loss of status or face' being the most obvious of them.

My chap - who is 65 and a very traditionally-raised Londoner - feels that it is part of his function as a man to do the putting-together, installing sort of things, and that if I do it, then he's somehow failed in his contribution to our relationship. Bless 'im, he's terribly willing. AND he's a cracking good cook. The only problem with the traditional male attitude is that it lays a corresponding obligation on me as the female to be decorative, socially interactive and a Good Housekeeper...aaagh! (runs for garden and a hearty digging session)
lala2 From: lala2 Date: December 13th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes. Well trained??? I'd be offended too. Do they think you're a puppy or something???

Sheesh!
amanda_lodden From: amanda_lodden Date: December 14th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I sometimes use "well-trained" when speaking of my husband, but not for household chores-- I use it when someone asks him his opinion and his response is "Whatever Amanda wants" or "Whatever she just said is fine" or the one today which was "Amanda's plan is wonderful. What was it again?"

So actually, I suppose I really only use it when I've got mixed feelings about his response, where I wish he'd think for himself but at the same time it's nice to not have to argue to get my way.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: December 13th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I know better. I call you and ask you to go climbing! :)
From: speedygeo Date: December 13th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)

I love LAMP.

Wow, that was a dumb move by a guy. BUT he did just meet you just once, and was probably struggling to find something to connect over. I know as I've done it. Still, I give a 3 out of 10 for the approach he took. Dude, no.

Bah. Men. What do they know? :)

Pics of said lamp? I know I'm like the... 3rd? person to have said it, but it's the truth. 110V is like coffee (in effect, not flavor, DO NOT TRY TO EAT 110V)
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 13th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
His response surprised me. "Oh no," he said, sounding annoyed. "Now you want me to come over and put it together for you?"

I will pause for a moment for the collective gasp from everyone who knows me to subside.

It's a shame, because he'd been cute. But a guy who leaps to that kind of conclusion?


What conclusion is that? That you needed help, or that it would make a good excuse to spend some time together? I'm assuming you jumped straight to the first one and took it as an insult instead of a compliment.

Besides, I've had more than one completely capable women pull the "Could you come over and help me with..." ruse on me. Again, it's just a safe and convenient way of saying "Do you want to spend some time together?"

Going around waiting to be offended is no way to live.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 13th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Notice that I said he sounded annoyed. He thought I was asking him to do it for me, and he was annoyed that I was doing it. He lept to the conclusion that (1) I couldn't do it on my own, and (2) that I was rude enough to demand that somebody I'd just met do it for me.

Had he responded cheerfully, or with interest, or an offer to help, it would have been a different story. Having a little project like that is indeed a good way to spend time with somebody.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: December 13th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

sometimes, boys r dum. sometimes, not so much...



lala2 From: lala2 Date: December 13th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Geez...that guy sounds like a real treat. I liked the pause for the collective gasp part of your post because I know there WAS one. What a geek.

I'm glad you got the lamp put together all by yourself...but not surprised. :) Go you for being self sufficient. :)
nishar From: nishar Date: December 14th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I need you to come over and help me put together a desk I bought. :P
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