Saturday, May 03, 2008

Light Bulb Jokes

A short pause for reflection, never a bad thing, in the middle of a changing the light bulb routine we are rehearsing.

It started straightforwardly enough. The bulb in the fitting over the bathroom mirror passed away quietly this week. We looked at the thing for a bit and filed it under 'Next Saturday.' Over the last three or four weeks a lot of things have been filed thus and as it is now the next Saturday in question we got back to the problem.

Which, simply posed is this. How does the bugger come apart? We pulled a bit, prodded and poked, then got back to the light bulb. Single ha. Not worth two.

We therefore have two long-sighted people trying to look at the detail of a light fitting, using a mirror because it is against the wall so we can't get our eyes behind it, one of whom, for reasons best not gone into here, is naked.

During the next hour I googled Lampade, which sounds like a charity for the frustrated bulb changers of the planet, the name on the light, only to discover that it is:

a) Italian (therefore probably pronounced Lampardeh)
b) In Italian
c) Obsolete Italian

Meanwhile a combination of the mirror, my reading glasses and a cricked neck, showed us a small recess in the back of the fitting which might have a screw in it. Or maybe take an allen key. We inserted several things in the hole and eventually one of them bit.

We got it apart. We worked out how to take the bulb out - a halogen, energy consuming monster if ever we saw one. One of us remembering to dress first we purchased a replacement at Brown's hardware in Nailsea. Yet to find something they haven't got. We fitted it and it works.

How many light bulbs does it take to change a person? Only one if it is this frustrating.

7 comments:

Mr Gnome said...

How I sympathise.

I tend to put house up for sale and move on when this kind of problem crops up.

RuthJ said...

If only one of your eyes was naked, presumably one of you was wearing glasses and the other a monocle?

St said...

Oh the vision, the vision, the very vision. Better than reality.

Mike Peatman said...

Moments like that you want to switch to candles.

How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?

4

1 to change the bulb, and 3 to form an appreciation society for the old one.

Mike Peatman said...

PS The pause for reflection/mirror gag was terrible.

St said...

Hadn't noticed that joke Mike. I'm even amusing when not trying.

RuthJ said...

Now there's a hostage to fortune!