Today’s Oops Moment


I want to take a day (or post) to break away from my Perfect Moments to write about something different–I hope my sister won’t be mad. I want to write about an Oops Moment.

I have been meaning to buy light bulbs for a number of weeks. One of the light bulbs in the bathroom burned out and when I went to replace it, I noticed that the one I replaced it with the last of the 60 watt bulbs I had.  I had a stack of 100 watt bulbs–and way more than I need–but no 60 watt bulbs.  I checked the fixtures and they were not rated for 100 watts, so I just hoped that they would last long enough so I wouldn’t have to shower in the dark–which I have done during a power failure.  While I could do it, and people without sight do all the time, I think it is easily avoided.

However, I didn’t want to make a special trip just to buy light bulbs. So, I kept telling myself that I would get them when I could.  The only problem with that, is that I usually forget until I am home with what I bought.  I should probably download some app that makes a list and beeps like crazy when I enter a store that sells the things on the lists.  Probably an invasion of my privacy, but rather handy.

The other day, I didn’t forget. I was in the store and I remembered to buy all those little things I needed. I spotted the light bulbs, compared the prices, and chose the ones I wanted.  I picked up the box and thought that both the box and the light bulbs inside were rather dirty.  I put it back and grabbed the ones behind it.

Yes, that when the Oops Moment occurred. Instead of picking up 60 watt bulbs, I got 40 watt bulbs.  I thought I was paying attention, but I wasn’t.  The packaging seems pretty identifiable, but only the numbers were different.

Yes, I could take them back, but I wasn’t at a local store and I am not sure it is worth the drive. I probably have a few lamps they fit into anyway.

Has anything like this happened to you?

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to Today’s Oops Moment

  1. retrodee says:

    I hate light bulbs, they are my nemesis. I can never find the good, old fashioned ones. It’s either those coily ones or the ones with the weird wattage. I’m lucky if I ever get the right wattage because those “save energy” ones are always different from the real ones. I wouldn’t even know where to find the right light bulbs now if I looked. I’m living on borrowed time and I have a lot of lamps that have shades that only fit the normal ones. Sorry for the long comment, I think you did pretty well if the wattage was the only issue. 🙂

  2. Heide says:

    OF COURSE this has happened to me! The very same exact thing, in fact. But in my case, I think I left the unwanted bulbs behind when I sold my house. 🙂

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