Friday, 11 January 2008


Yesterday the printer at the manse stopped working. Just stopped.
I turned it on, it started to warm itself up, and died.

Well, hell. I fiddled with it for a few minutes and when it wouldn't obligingly turn back on I gave up and scheduled a service call for this morning.

Today (after a fun morning where Cass asked 'Mommy, can you take me to school?' and I like a sucker being a good mom said yes, sure, get in the car NOW damnit, and we hurtled down the road to the school and found out they don't let kids in that early, so I was late anyway) the repairman fiddled with the big old beast of a copier for twenty or so minutes and said bewildered things like "We've never had one of these models just die. Stop working, have error messages, sure, but just die like that? Not so far." which wasn't really helpful, because hello? Still dead.

...until I noticed that the little plug-in heater in the office wasn't working either, and it dawned on both of us that one of the fuses in the house had blown.


Oh, he tromped around the basement with me and found the panel, where (lawsy, look!) it was discovered that yes, indeedy, one of the fuses had blown.

When we flicked the switch I could hear the copier in the office begin humming.

It sounded sorta like it was chuckling to itself too.

*It works the best for the title to be said in an E.T. phone home voice.


M&Co. said...

Note to self. Always check to make sure appliance always has power.

Dawn said...

I'd do the exact same thing!

Sarah O. said...

So funny!

But I am amazed that there's such a thing as a home copier repairman. Maybe it's a Canadian thing. Here it's cheaper to just get a new copier, which is ridiculous, I know.

Thanks for the nice words about my sweetie dog!

Erin said...

Oh I HATE that!

I had a problem like that with my internet service. Couldn't get it to work. Cycled the power on the modem, still no luck. Restarted the computer, nothing. Cycled the power on the modem, restarted the computer, nothing.

Got mad and called the phone company. We went through a bunch more of the same until I said something about our router and the woman said "Wait, you have a router?" "Yeah..." "Cycle the power on it and the modem and restart your pc."

Voila! Internet access! Made me feel like the dorkiest of dorks. Especially because I used to work in technical support. I'm supposed to KNOW this stuff.

evilpinkcupcake said...

I do that too... Everything is broken... then to find out it is just unplugged... meh we are all entitled!

Jenty said...

LOL, so did he laugh at you?

angelfeet said...

Hee Hee! Personally, I blame electricity. It's so fickle.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Do you want to know how many times I've done something like that? Too often to recount here.

Vanessa said...

I guess it does help to start with the simple stuff, but I really hate it when I do stuff like that. Like call the electrician because the outlet in the bathroom isn't working only to have them tell me, you blew a fuse. Yeah, watch me blow one now when I was told the service call was still $150.

daysgoby said...

THANK GOD I'm not the only one!

Sarah - Sorry, I guess I should explain - the manse (where the copier is) is an old house in town, but the copier is a business model.

Liz said...

When I worked in customer support that was referred to as an (i-d-ten-t) ID-10-T error :-)

Liz said...

Okay, and now I should clarify that I'm not calling you an idiot, but referring to the title of your post.