One Day in Hell

Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM By: Shawshank

The last 24 hours have been crazy for me. I'm actually ashamed by how little sleep I got, so I won't even bother telling you how much it actually was. I do electrical work on the side every now and then, and yesterday my partner and I had to change out two light-bulbs, one in the deep end of a pool and one at the bottom of a hot-tub.
Electrical work is 20 percent fixing what went wrong, and 80 percent fixing what went wrong while you were fixing what went wrong. In theory, (yeah I Knifemaster, I have a lot of theories) changing two light bulbs shouldn't take more than a half hour. In reality, Jesus Christ could return to earth before the job actually got finished.

Let me start with some context. The pool is located near BYU campus in Provo. For maybe 20 years I won't list, I hate BYU. I grew up a BYU sports fan but never actually went to one of their games till I was maybe 17. After going to one of their basketball games where they were playing the University of Utah, my LEAST favorite team at the time. I actually was cheering for the U of U by the end of the game. BYU fans had the absolute WORST sportsmanship I had ever seen in my life. Many BYU students call it "God's School", which should be somewhat of an indication about the level of pride in that place. They also have the WORST pedestrians ever, but that is a story for a different time.

The pool was getting remodeled, but they wanted to use all the old electrical stuff. Today the pool was supposed to be inspected so the lights had to be working again by this morning.

My partner and I decided to work on it yesterday evening because of the heat, and the fact we couldn't turn off the hot tub. We arrived last night at around 7:30. Predicted forecast? Sunny. Actual weather? Thunder and lighting. Pretty much the second I got into the pool, it started raining. Our equiptment would get wet and lighting would strike nearby (lighting + pool = death), so we would have to get out and stop working.

This happened 3 times. The rain would let up right in time for us to get back to work, then start once we were in a critical stage of the mission. The clouds didn't exactly help us see either.

Now, even though the pool inspection was today, they didn't bother to clean it until this morning. The water was filthy, and I had to be in it. That's part of the job, I was getting paid to be there. What I didn't understand was why we had to keep constantly kicking people out of the pool and hot-tub. The water was filthy in both, there was a big sign that said "Pool Closed", and the hot-tub was way too hot. Even last night with the heat let up a little I came close to passing out from the smothered feeling I got there. But these BYU students were not only anxious to get into the dirty water, but some pulled attitudes when told they had to leave. Was I supposed to apologize for pointing out the sign and saving them from submersing themselves in toxic waste?

My partner, bless his soul, dropped half a dozen things into the pool on accident. By things I mean little tiny nuts and a screw. I tried to dive in for them, but I am really a horrible swimmer. I almost drowned on the Snake River, but that is another story.

So I scraped against the bottom of a the pool with a hook they use for cleaning, but the nuts kept rolling back down. It took me awhile to get them out.
We switched out both bulbs finally, and turned on the switch. Nothing for the hot tub light, The pool-light came on, then 3 minutes later went out. 3 hours of work, total waste of time. I even got sick last night, I think from swallowing the water.

That meant we had to come back this morning. But today, the sun wasn't god to me. I was the one in the water this whole time, which was ironic because I can't tread water AT ALL. As a result of this, I had to do everything in the pool with one hand, and often sank below to get a mouth full of dirty water.

The hot tub was worse. The heat of the sun, plus the heat of the tub practically smothered me. The light was in the worst place possible, so I had only my nose and one of my eyes out of the water the whole time. I couldnt see what I was doing, so I had to feel where it went in. I spent probably 4 hours trying to get the damn thing in the hole.

At one point, the heat was too much for me and I passed out. I cut my nose against the side of the hot-tub, but quickly regained conciousness. I had to get out and sit in the dirty pool to get cooled off and come to. My partner was busy so he hadn't noticed, and I didn't bring it up.

But alas, 7 hours later, we finally got the two light bulbs to work. I came hope and showered, but still smell and feel pretty awful. I took a nap and was glad it was finally over......

But it isn't. One of the lights went out again. :)

  1. Sussi avatar

    On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:10 PM, Sussi said:

    Never ending story huh?

    I hope you get paid by the hour on this job ;-)

  2. Shawshank avatar

    On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM, Shawshank said:

    lol thank you, to be clear this post is meant to find the humor in the situation and not to complain. I'm actually doing really well right now. i am tired though. Thanks for the empathy guys lol.

  3. pfloydmaster avatar

    On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM, pfloydmaster said:

    So...really... How was your day??? Just joking. Sorry to hear about the crap you went thru just to change some bulbs. I certainly hope the money was worth the trouble.

  4. BamBam avatar

    On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM, BamBam said:

    Aww..that does suck. sorry you had a shitty day and night last night. Maybe you can get some sleep tonight. Take it easy

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