If you have ever played Alchemy, you’ll understand when I say I am proposing a new combination of elements. Seriously. Dog plus Vacuum really does equal Death, or very nearly death. Let me explain:
I have an eleven month old pit bull named Grimm. Grimm likes to chew on things (see The Shoes That Were Eaten To Pieces). A few months ago, he chewed the vacuum cleaner’s cord in two. All I can say is he was very lucky the cord wasn’t plugged in, although I will admit a little part of me kinda wished it was. One big shock may have taught the big jerk a lesson. After much cursing, and I’ll admit, a few threats to make a trip to the local animal shelter, I decided that I could probably wire it back together. After all, I’d seen my dad splice wires together and it didn’t look too hard.
To do this, I needed a few things: a pair of pliers and some electrical tape. I stripped down the outer cord and it’s insulation until just the copper wire was exposed on both pieces. I then twisted the two ends of copper together until they were snug and wouldn’t budge when tugged on. Next, I covered the whole exposed part of the cord with electrical tape and made sure no wires were poking out. I then crossed my fingers, plugged the cord in, and turned on the vacuum. Eureka!! It started fine, no smoke or fire broke out, I didn’t electrocute anybody and I congratulated myself for a job well done and for not having to spend another hundred bucks on a new vacuum cleaner. Fast forward to today…
So, I was doing some cleaning, and it was time to vacuum the floor. I have a tile floor, but vacuuming is much easier than sweeping. Anyways, I started vacuuming and then, nothing. The vacuum stopped working. There was some tension on the line and I thought maybe it had come unplugged, but nope. Grimm was standing on the cord and my forward motion, along with his heavy self planted firmly on the cord, caused my beautifully spliced wires to come apart, leaving the tape on the part of the cord that was still plugged in. Of course, I started cursing–not this again! And caused by the same dog! Grrrr…..definitely going to the shelter.
In my anger, I grabbed the part of the cord with the tape on it and angrily pulled the tape off, exposing the copper wires (most of you can see where this is going). I then inadvertently touched the live wire to my forearm on the way to unplug it. Wowzer! I jumped about three feet in the air and dropped the wire and it started making zapping noises and sparks. With a lovely metallic taste in my mouth, I unplugged the cord. More cursing ensued. I looked at Grimm–he was just calmly sitting, watching me as I ranted. I swear he looked a little disappointed that, say, my hair hadn’t caught on fire or my arm wasn’t blackened. His beady little eyes looked calculating. Maybe I should rename him Grim Reaper.
Or maybe I should change my equation to read:
Me + Electricity = Stupid
Needless to say, I’m getting a new vacuum cleaner.