Wow, that was a close one!

A theist would say, "Thank god!"
I say, "Thanks to LOST!"

My satellite reception cut out last night. "No biggie", I thought, it'll probably be back on my morning." It wasn't. When I finished with my daily morning phone meeting, it was time to quickly get ready to leave... but one nagging thing: what was wrong with my satellite reception? LOST is on tonight and I don't want to take any chances.

I decided to take a quick look at the dish on my apartment balcony. I opened the sliding glass door and glanced down at the cable that carries the power out to (and the signal in from) the dish. There is a regular (black) cable wire up to the door, then there is a 6-inch flat one that brings it inside and allows the sliding door to close. That flat cord was smoking. I immediately bent to inspect it and it burst into flames (opening the door had apparently supplied the needed oxygen). I smacked it out with my hand and it immediately restarted. This happened once more before I quickly unscrewed it from the other cable.

I had almost left my apartment in this situation! It could have killed someone, or at least caused a lot of property damage!

This cable was newly installed by Dish Network just last July and dozens and dozens of my fellow residents use them (and do doubt people use them all over). I called the fire marshall to see if it was a common problem and to ask for advice and he came over to investigate. He said that if those cables are electrically approved, they shouldn't be. He said that it probably would have continued to increase in temperature while I was at work today until it caused an apartment fire. He went to discuss it with my property manager, but I've heard nothing more as it got too late.


Anyway, I've had a coworker or two say, "Thank god you discovered it."
"Thank god"?!?
- Does that mean if I hadn't discovered it that god made a choice to burn my apartment building? (Who are we to even attempt to understand his divine, mysterious motives?)
- Does that mean I deserve no credit whatsoever for the discovery?
- If so, does that mean I deserve no credit for my life's achievements?
- If so, does that mean I deserve none of the blame for my shortcomings?

Like Zeeman's "Idol Worship" blog shows: Jesus has the wheel so there's no point in even trying to steer. Kind of takes the wind right out of you, doesn't it? If I believed that, I don't think I would see much point in living. The victories aren't truly yours and the lessons learned are pointless.

In the end, I have to say:
Thank you LOST and thank you ME!!!

I am SOOOO glad it didn't cause an apartment fire.
Everyone be careful out there -- it can happen even if you're very careful and vigilant. And it can change everything in an instant.

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Comment by Clarence Dember on April 6, 2009 at 8:27am
That's good news you averted the shorting out cable feeder. I didn't think they were pushing that much power. A lightning strike could weaken the insulation if it surged the conductors.
Everything should have GFI. Someday..... Cla
Comment by Jude Johnson on March 21, 2009 at 1:26pm
Fr33think3r: I feel YOUR pain too! I missed one once because of DVR issues. I downloaded it from rapidserve and watched it on my computer. It was high quality!

AtheistJoy: Locke? Well, at least he keeps things shaking. What do you think that statue is? My wild guess is it will have Richard's face.
Comment by AtheistJoy on March 20, 2009 at 11:10pm
*waves to another Heathen Lostie*

Does Locke bug the living daylights out of you or what?
Comment by Fr33think3r on March 18, 2009 at 9:32pm
I missed LOST due to crying children. Now, I have to watch it over the internets. I feel your pain.
Comment by EccentricSM on March 18, 2009 at 6:28pm
Too bad you weren't worried about catching an episode of the 700 club. You coulda cashed in big-time on that story. Maybe even been made a saint!
Comment by zeeman barzell on March 18, 2009 at 6:17pm
God wants you to watch American Idol and buy Carrie Underwood albums.

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