I have a pretty bad history with electricity. It’s rather shocking and I’ve learned that the hard way on a few occasions, all around Christmas time, ironically. You see, it all started when I was younger. Much younger. I was helping my mom put up some Christmas lights and a strand was dead. We searched for the culprit and I found a broken bulb. The fillament was still intact so I decided to touch it…while it was still plugged in. The fillament grabbed my finger and I felt a shock run straight through my elementary aged body. Don’t believe the orthodontist if he/she tells you that the metal in braces don’t conduct electricity, because it does. I yanked my finger away and my mouthful of braces tasted smoky. As I exhaled, a puff of smoke came out of my mouth. True story. You think I would’ve learned the first time, but I repeated this process over the next three or four years.
The van’s prepped and ready for wiring and with my bad history with electricity and mine and Adam’s limited knowledge of polarity and currents, we knew we needed to phone a friend. We called up our buddy, Michael, to bail us out. Over the past couple of years Michael’s worked on race cars that are just a step or two below Nascar. Working as a mechanic and all the way up to crew chief, we knew he was the man for the job.
For four nights we powered a little desk lamp while he ran wires, cut them, soldered them together, and dropped them through the new ceiling panels we cut out. The magic moment came this past Sunday evening when we hot wired two wires to our Generatr 100 to see if it all worked. The whole time Michael radiated confidence that he knew what he was doing. As the wires touched live electricity for the first time, the lights came on and as our fan started spinning we heard “Hey it works!” in a happy, yet startled, tone coming from the former race car mechanic.
Not only were we happy, but Michael was also happy, and albeit relieved, to see all of his hard work come to life. Now our lights are in and the work that makes the van turn into a vansion can begin.