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Where’s number 3?

26 Jun

Or are we going 1.1, 1.2… 1.10 then 2.0, 2.1, etc until 3? I thought it was supposed to be "Three’s a charm".
My day started with our neighbour, at some ungodly hour (it was still dark in my bedroom and my alarm had NOT rung yet), revving his car in front of my bedroom. He must have revved for over half an hour. He then hooted for his kids… and went back to revving once they had all slammed and shouted their way into the car. After a while, I dozed off again.
I should have taken the hint, though, when my pc, after numerous restarts, refused to connect to the internet. It had no right! Perhaps it needed revving too. Finally, I got up and running and was  merrily checking my mail when the cat started crying for her ball. That can get annoying. She wants her ball and wants it now. Trouble is, her favourite ball is transparent and blends soooo well. I found it and asked Jorge to drill the hole in the ball a little larger, so that I could put a piece of ribbon in there, which would make finding the ball easier.

Innocent-looking, isn’t it? By the way, the ribbon is held in place by a clove. Our cat thinks that cloves are catnip. We ran out of catnip months ago. This is her substitute.

the-ball

Jorge ambled off to oblige. A little later, I heard an ominous curse from the kitchen.
One of Jorge’s prize tools is his Dremel. He had just blown the motor (or something) by putting it into the wrong outlet. In Brazil, the mainstream power is 110 volts. We are accustomed to 220 volts from South Africa. When we arrived here, we checked all the outlets for 220 and found none. Eventually, Jorge set up a 220 volt outlet in our passage, so that we could use our South African-born appliances and tools anywhere in the house via extension cord. Today, Jorge went to use the one power outlet we never tested because we couldn’t see a use for it. This outlet sits above the kitchen sink, right near the faucets. The sink area was clear and just needing a quick spin, he thought he’d just plug in there and drill. He broke his own golden rule of never using an untested outlet, especially with Brazil’s rather dubious power. The Dremel was 110 volts. The excess power fried it.
The good news? There is none. Dremel here won’t sell just the parts. They will only repair and that will cost. The parts will cost too. Ugh!
Oh… and on the subject of the sink and faucets. We’ve had no filtered water here for a few days. The thread on the filter’s tap was totally shot, so the filter was removed. The new tap cost us a penny today. I think Jorge decided we’d at least have that in the light of the hopelessness of his Dremel.
Then there seems to be something in the air. All over the world, people seem to be antsy and snappy. What is it?

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Posted by on June 26, 2008 in brazil, jorge

 

2 responses to “Where’s number 3?

  1. Michelle

    July 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    You too? Things have been weird here as well. THe last two weeks my computer has gone totally nuts – all sorts of weird stuff. Now Sandy’s trying to fix it, but at the moment he’s working two jobs and some evenings he’s just too tired to see straight. So it’s slow. I’m back online, but I can’t get into any of my folders, except photos. All my writing, email adresses… all there, but not THERE.

    *GRRRRRR*

    And health and stress levels totally weird too.

    I have a friend who goes “funny” (dizzy, light headed etc) before an earthquake. In East London I’d get really irritable and cranky with an East wind (blustery hot winds from Natal). Is this something Earth related?

     
  2. Michelle

    July 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    PS – can’t send this email as I don’t have my email adresses.

    You might find this interesting – a South African Psychic who I read now and then. She does astrology and has her own theories on the weird stuff of the moment.

    http://www.starchildglobal.com/

     

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