Thursday, July 9, 2009

Welcome to womanhood

So your on your way to becoming a woman. Be prepared for this.

My electric went off again today, the same circuits, but this time they came back on about ten minutes later. Before they did, I contacted an electrician who promptly came out to see what was wrong with it. I called him back when it came back on, asking him if he was going to be able to find the problem even though it was on. He assured me he could. He got here about thirty minutes before Patty Lou got home from work, so I was alone with him explaining what has been happening. This f***ing sexist S.o.B. would not listen to a word I was saying to him, treating me like the only thing electrical I knew about would be to change the batteries in my vibrator! He wanted to change my entire breaker box (the one on the outside of the house, I have two) for $700. Now I'm not an electrician, but I know if the box outside was bad, ALL the electric would go off, not just certain circuits. For part of the box inside to remain hot, the box outside has to be alright. I tried 4 times to explain that to him, but he just acted as though I was a stupid woman who couldn't possibly know anything about anything. I even went so far as to tell him I worked in construction for 35yrs, all but outing myself. It didn't help. He tightened a couple of connections and charged me $150 still saying I needed to change the outside box. This is not the first time I've been talked down to by a man. I've had car mechanics and parts people try to get over on me too. I can't wait until the next time this happens. Someone is going to see my willy, foul language will be heard, and they will be told just what they can do with their sexist attitude. And I bet they will still call me a bitch anyway!



chrissie said...


Sounds like a typical workman; brains in the anal region.


alan said...

Maybe not to your face...

It doesn't seem to matter the profession, there are those who think it's a license to belittle others. If only they knew how much better off they'd be if they didn't!


Le visage d'avril said...

Yep a lot of guys talk down to women. I had to deal with union electricians in New York on one of my projects. They finally let me have my way.

To figure out if the box is bad is pretty easy if you have a volt meter which can be had for not much money at Home Depot or Lowes.

The best way is to call the power company and in your best confused female voice say the lights blinked out and I don't know what to do and they will normally check the box for free. I suspect your problem is at the pole and you are losing one leg of your power. Boxes normally don't just "go bad".

Calie said...

Well, Steph, let us know if the jerk fixed it.

Calie xxx