2010年6月9日水曜日

leading light....

One of our jobs this year as deputy head of the whole neighbourhood she-bang is guardian of the street lights.

That's right. The street lights. I am really confused about our road on the mountain here. It looks like a road. People drive on it like a road. But it isn't counted when they calculate the distance the kids walk to school (hence no bus service here) and the city doesn't look after the lights. According to K we should be happy we've even got lights. The neighbourhood association petitioned for them, the city agreed to put them in (we're talking almost 2 kilometres of mountain road so you'd think street lights would be considered a necessity rather than a luxury but....) but the neighbourhood association is responsible for maintenance and even the electricity fees!

Anyway, K is in charge of changing light globes. No problem right? A couple of times a year climb up a ladder and change the blown globe right? Wrong. Think phone call after phone call with reported light outages, flickering lights, lights not coming on at dusk etc etc.

Tonight I got a phone call from Mrs N. Mrs N is head of the kid's club and her husband is head of the local fire department. She called at quarter to 9 at night. She has a way of talking that makes everything sound like an emergency- very fast and breathy.

Fukase-san?
Yes.
ThisisN.
Yes?
Iwastryingtocontactyourhusband?
He's still at work. Can I give you his work number?
Nononothat'sok.It'saboutthestreetlightoutthefrontofthecommunitycentre?
Yes?
It'snotworking?
Really? I think he changed the globe yesterday afternoon?
Yes.Myhusbandsaysit'sprobablythewarmerswitchnottheglobe?
OK. I'll take a message and pass it on.
Nononothat'sok.Don'tworry.Ijustwantedtoletyouknow?
(me?) Ummm, both my kids are asleep. I can't do anything about it now....?
Nononothat'sok.Ofcourseyoucan'tcomeoutnow.Justwantedtoletyouknow?
Ok. Well thank you for the heads up.
Okgoodnight?

Phew....

Told K when he got home and he said he'd had three phonecalls about street lights today too.

Two about the same light at the community centre and one about a light that's flickering outside Mrs M's house. It's keeping her awake...

Lordy. After we fix the lights think we might just go around and tuck everyone in and make sure they have their blankies, right?

4 件のコメント:

Lulu さんのコメント...

Country living cracks me up.

Is K okay with heights? Shun would never be able to do that job- he is deathly afraid of heights. My dad tried to get him to climb a ladder in Australia to scare away the pigeons and Shun just about freaked out BUT didn`t want to disappoint my dad and got about half way up before I went downstairs to rescue him and tell my dad he was scared of heights (I don`t think Shun quite knew how to tell my dad in English)

hehe.

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

as far as I know streetlights aren't on our neighborhood watch but the flicky bastard light out the kids window is annnnnoooooooying. Am almost tempted to go and throw a rock at it just to make it stop!!

Thank you so much for today!! Sorry for the very abrupt phonecall. I wasn't expecting it - obviously. Phonecalls from people I have never met about sending me care packages of shark!! Gotta love that.

It will be greatly enjoyed.

thefukases さんのコメント...

no problem with heights- he scales the persimmon tree every autumn. :) Poor Shun. K got well drunk in Oz not wanting to/ not being able to say he doesn't drink much....

GW- you need to find someone to call about that light- isn't your DH at the yakuba? He'll know who to call, and call, and call. :)

No problem on the phonecall. I was rather worried it would be naptime. I'm actually not much on chatting on the phone- up there with bridges, earthquakes and the tea ceremony.... Here's to fush'n'chups!

羅志誠 さんのコメント...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德..................................................