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.
BEWARE THE FLAT CABLE WIRE!!
Anyway, I've had a coworker or two say, "Thank god you discovered it."
- 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.