As soon as winter arrives and the heat goes on, I turn into "Electro-man"!
My family avoids me like the plague. I don't even have to touch anyone; if I just get too close the blue sparks fly, loud snaps are heard, and people are screaming at me! "Snnaapp!! Oowww! Get away
from me!" I look like a complete nut (in reality I am nowhere near complete, but I am trying hard) when trying to put my key in the door lock. I try to turn on a light switch and it takes me forever, because I am putting my finger close and then pulling it away, until finally I flip it and get a giant blue spark jump out and try to take my finger off.
I purchased a little device that can go on a keyring, but I just carry it around my little finger like a ring. If I touch that to something first it gets the shock, though occasionally it jumps right out the back and gets me too. I have a "wireless anti-shock wristband" that doesn't help at all. In every room I have a small electrostatic release pad attached to a receptacle's ground plug, so I can touch that before anything else in the room. Whenever I wash my hands I get a blue spark jump out of the water stream when I get close to it. All that anyone in the house hears from me during the winter months is, "SNAP!! OUCH, @%^$$!!@&^!*^@*!&@^*!!!!!!". Over and over again.
But I can still be destructive. So far this year, even with me taking great care, I ruined a relatively small floor fan, the kind that oscillates and has a small remote control? It was locked in a stationary position and someone had apparently bumped it so it was facing the wrong way. It has a cage coated with vinyl or something, so I did not expect what happened next. I reached out to reposition the fan by turning it a little and as my fingers got to within about two or three inches and a blue flash jumped out and met my fingertips. Yeeooww! Except the fan immediately turned of and has not started again. I have no doubt that it is fried and will never work again. It is still much better than past years, though, when I have fried a digital cable box, a Panasonic AM/FM receiver, CD/DVD multiplayer -- actually part of my home theater set up -- and a 40 GB Seagate pocket drive. Sometimes something that I thought I fried will work again after a day's rest, but too many are ruined for good.
Has anyone else ever had such a problem? I actually mentioned this to my physician once and he simply laughed. One of these days I will reach out and touch his nose - see if he laughs then!
It sounds funny, I know. But it truly is maddening!