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.
He's still at work. Can I give you his work number?
Really? I think he changed the globe yesterday afternoon?
OK. I'll take a message and pass it on.
(me?) Ummm, both my kids are asleep. I can't do anything about it now....?
Ok. Well thank you for the heads up.
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?