Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dave Barry's Generator

Hunkered down in Miami, waiting out the storm, Dave Barry found the time and the inspiration to share the details of his situation. And to find a bit of humor therein.

He wrote this for today’s Miami Herald:

As part of our preparedness we have a “whole house” generator, which is the size of a nuclear submarine but more expensive. We installed it after Wilma knocked out our power for a couple of weeks in 2005 and we all smelled like unlaundered jockstraps. We take good care of our generator: It gets serviced regularly, and it automatically tests itself every week. That is why I can calmly report that, with a major hurricane heading directly at my house, our generator, which has been well-treated for all these years and has never been asked to generate anything, IS NOT WORKING. Really. When I turn it on, it turns itself right back off. It is the French labor union of generators.

So I called our generator guy, a good and competent man named Ralph (I am sucking up here) who at the moment is dealing with frantic distress calls from pretty much every generator owner in the greater Florida-Georgia area. Ralph is hoping he can get us up and running before Irma gets here. If not, I will implement Plan B, which is to go to Home Depot and purchase – if there are any left – a bazooka. We’ll see how the French Labor Generator likes THAT.

Maybe you need to know something about French Labor Unions to grasp the essence of Barry’s point… but, it is worth quoting anyway.

1 comment:

Sam L. said...

It was right amusante (IS that French for "amusing"?)