Sunday, November 15, 2009

Damnit, Jim, I'm a Doctor, Not an Electrician

I finally had the time today to fire up the Grumpy family hot tub for the winter.

So I cleaned it out, filled it up, added chemicals, put in a new filter, etc.

For whatever reason, though, I couldn't find the power cord that comes with it. Because I'm a guy (and therefore inherently stupid) I just grabbed an extension cord out of the garage. Mrs. Grumpy kept telling me I wasn't supposed to do that, because the special hot tub cord had extra circuits or fuses or breakers or whatever in it, and you couldn't use something else.

But I wanted to get the hot tub going, so I told her it would be fine, and hooked it up.

The kids were excited, so I had them out in the yard with me. They counted down from 10 for me to flip the switch, turning it on for the winter.

"5-4-3-2-1- HOT TUB!". I pressed the button. The jets whirled, the water swirled, the kids laughed.

For about 5 seconds.

Then there was a loud "POP!"

And the hot tub turned off.

And the kids stopped laughing.

And all the lights in the house went out.

Another 5-10 seconds of absolute silence went by, finally broken by Mrs. Grumpy saying "You bozo."

She went around to futz with the switch box. She found the correct power cord in the garage. And I am in trouble.

30 comments:

Elizabeth said...

you are a married man, which means you are wrong 50% of the time and your wife is right the other 50%. It's just the way it is...you can't help it..

Anonymous said...

Not stepping with the right, when it shoulda been the left. Few more years to learn the dance, or in this case, maybe learn to dance? Don't get anxious, some of us are stepping on each others' toesies after 30-40 years.

Easily Lost said...

Typical male. Not a darn thing you can do about it either :P

Anonymous said...

so u married miss right!
what u didn't know at then was she would be right all the time.

Miss Kismet said...

Somehow I can see your office staff enjoying a giggle over this tomorrow :)

Ellie said...

What's this 50% business? Overly optimistic, I think.

An Open Heart said...

Man, I'm sorry I missed that adventure.....

Kim Kasch said...

Can't be good at everything - plus, like you said, you're a guy and inherently stupid - those were your words and I trust doctors so I'm just agreeing with you.

And ELIZABETH the wife is right 100% of the time - who's side are you on...?

Doctor D said...

Your chances of naughty fun in hot tub with Mrs. Grumpy may have decreased dramatically.

ausduck said...

Dr G, you broke teh cardinal rule of marriage - the missus is always right. And you have no excuse - you've been married for a while LOL.

LMAO - Beats my hubby's effort with the airconditioning duct (yes, we are now having all the ceiling outlets replaced as a result) :)

Frank, CPhT said...

... I hope you have a comfy couch, Dr. G!

It's times like this, where being single doesn't sound quite as awful!

Julie said...

maybe next time you suggest she has a "real" look BEFORE you substitute power cords ???

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch. Or maybe you can sleep in the hot tub?

River said...

Ha Ha!!

Gert said...

Proof positive that doctors aren't God!

ER's Mom said...

You ARE a bozo. And your typo is amusing.
;)

Sildenafilx13 said...

lol.. sounds like something i'd probably do..

SumDood said...

You're not dumb, you're smart. You got your wife to find the power cord for you.

And from now on, guess who's gonna be setting up the hot tub every year?

Anonymous said...

Clearly not your fault.

Check closely and you will find that the lightweight cord you found does not have a label warning against use on that model of hot tub.

Must be time to find someone to sue over your emotional distress :-)

- Word verification was broken French for what you might have needed had you been in the tub:

"aedlemi" (my AED).

Elizabeth said...

Kim Kasch - read what I wrote carefully... it basically says the man is NEVER right.. hehe

Alison said...

I'm just glad that my husband isn't the only one that doesn't listen to his wife.

axl said...

That was just a warm-up for the Christmas lights.

Helen said...

This reminds me of Clark Griswold.

The Mother said...

Not to insult you, in any way, but this is when I thank my lucky stars that my husband is both a doctor and a competent handyman.

I sew and knit, so between the two of us there are very few household projects that require hiring help. Which is great, because plumbers and electricians charge lots more per hour than medicare pays--something I try to explain to folks who whine about doctors' fees, usually to no avail.

student dr. blaze said...

just be glad she didn't videotape the whole thing & put it on youtube. :-)

Maggie said...

Doc, you need to do one more stupid thing, and make it snappy. First thing: Rent-a-Dildo. Second thing: Oh, a cord is a cord is a cord, la la la. Third thing: _______.

I suggest something tried and true: do a load of wash that contains one woolen sweater of yours, a sweater that you hate and never intended to wear again anyway. Wash the laundry, throw it in the dryer, then bring out the shrunken sweater, show it to her, and whimper piteously.

Then you'll have your Cycle of Three Stupids done for the moment. Just make sure it's not a sweater she gave you.

Knucklehead said...

I can't think of a better response for that situation than, "you bozo".

Perfection.

Anonymous said...

is it better now?

Kim Kasch said...

Elizabeth: I went back and read it - now, you're a woman after my own heart. Love it!

Speed reading - is like driving faster to get to the hospital - sometimes you don't get where you're supposed to end up

WWWebb said...

The ad that was below the comments when I read 'em:

"Compare spa and hot tub prices and SAVE!"

 
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