I have come to the conclusion that neither common sense or sanity travel well. I spend most of my time nowadays in fairly good hotels. But this has not always been and indeed is still not always the case. But even in good hotels sanity doesn’t often join me in the room.
There have been many examples of things that I have done in hotel rooms that I would never do at home. When I checked into a room where the single electrical socket by the kettle was broken did I complain? Hell no, I used the complementary emery board to lever the plug in. Irritating fire alarms have been subdued with wet towels on more than one occasion.
For the smokers amongst you, the shower caps provide an excellent shield on the smoke detectors. I have wedged things in noisy fans to cause the breaker to trip, well who hasn’t? The trigger for the post today is electrical malfunction. The bathroom light switch has been dodgy all week. It may not be brilliant but it has performed the task, well until tonight that is. The last night of my stay and it doesn’t want to switch off. The switch will turn the light off but the spring doesn’t work so when I let go the light comes back on.
As a competent electrical engineer what is my response to this dilemma. Do I request another room or ask for a maintenance visit? No I carefully fold notepaper and wedge it in the appropriate angles to hold the switch off. When you hold a switch against its will like this it complains in the form of arcing. Not to worry, careful alignment of my paper wedges silenced the arcing. This is not just DIY this is hotel DIY.
For legal reasons I won’t mention tonight’s hotel until I have removed the paper wedges in the morning.