I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How Many Delaney's does it take to change a light bulb?

My wife's parents decided that they wanted to come over and see the baby last night. That is cool, and they also offered to bring dinner, which was nice. As we waited for them to arrive I flipped on the front lights and both the light on the hosue and the one on the pole in the yard did not turn on, so I shoveled the steps and walkway in the dark and grabbed a couple of light bulbs to swap out the obviously burnt out bulbs. I started with the one attached to the house -- pulled the globe off and had to put one of those goofy flourescent spiral bulbs in it because those are the only ones Mother Earth allows in the house these days. It worked fine. In my sorel boots, I forged a path to the pole in the middle of my snow covered yard. Once there, I noticed that the metal piece that covers the glass globe that makes the fixture was gone - this allowed snow to fall onto the bulb. So I removed the globe and started unscrewing the bulb when, because of the cold and the fact that the melted snow caused when the light worked once it refroze caused it to be frozen in the fixture. I tried to work it out and must of spun it too hard, but it snapped off the wires causing it to short out and tripped the breaker which also runs the tv in my living room as well as the garage lights and openers. I went down to the electrical box and the wires must have been touching because every time I flipped the breaker switch, it would trip again. So, I found myself in the middle of my yard with a flashlight in my mouth and of course it was too cold to get the screws undone. I eventually had to rip off the fixture and the cap on top of the pole and fish way down into the post to find the wires. I snipped off the wires and put wire nuts on all of the exposed ends. Luckily this worked well enough to be able to flip on the circuit without shorting it out. That should look nice to the appraiser next week when he looks at my front yard and sees a black pole coming out of the ground with no light on it.

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