I Had An Explosion Between My Legs

Wiring under my Blog Control Centre
Wiring under my Blog Control Centre


So there I was last Thursday minding my own business, head in the clouds, typing away, then

BANG !!!

Frightened the life out of me !!

The electrics in the apartment went crazy. Circuit breakers tripped, my laptop died, something exploded between my legs then a deathly silence.


It went bang !!
It went bang !!

Half the villagers appeared in the street. Such a commotion !! Rumour has it that Jesus (Blessed be his builder’s name) cut some cables with a vehicle sending 380vAC through the village trashing almost every electronic item in shops and houses. 56 houses were hit including mine which had just been rewired and new electronics. Two transformers for LED lighting and a new door entry system melted.

OnceΒ  upon a time a long time agoΒ  I had a sensible head on and placed surge protectors on all my expensive electrical items. It was one of those that blew between my legs but saved my laptop. I have lost 6 items, 7 including my nerves. I have filled out the claim form and am still waiting for it to be collected.


Have you been made to jump like I was ??

separatorRalph xoxΒ  πŸ™‚


82 Comments on “I Had An Explosion Between My Legs

  1. Saints and surge protectors preserve us(preferably not in pickled brine or formaldehyde)! We have had dramas but nothing like this. I am glad you were not fried along with your equipment.


    • Hi Gallivanta. I was in a pickle wasn’t I ?? Fried Ralph !! Should go down well in a cooking blog …… like yours πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely day. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Yes it was a fright Tracy. Max, my English friend, who lives almost next door to where Jesus was working, sent me this in her email to me:
      “We have lost loads. Have no cooking fridges tv computers (only my phone for internet) satellite dvd players hard drives some lights lap top etc etc.
      Would have been nice if jesus had popped around to say sorry eh !!
      Love max xx”
      I was lucky compared to her. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  2. I don’t know how you jumped, but once lightning hit the transformer outside my bedroom window and that made me jump!


    • Woah !! I bet that made your hair stand on end. How scary for you Linda. It was a good thing that the strike missed your house. So close !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • It was scary, but I’m betting not as scary as having an explosion between your legs!


      • Let’s say I was lucky it didn’t shoot out of the wall or I would be typing in a higher octave πŸ˜‰


      • The title scared me, but I am sure you cringed more than I. πŸ˜‰


      • I didn’t exactly cringe Katie as I became brave and pulled out my white hankerchief and waved it. Such courage πŸ˜‰


  3. What a jump! The good thing is that you’re safe and sound (and your wallet, I guess)

    Take care and be well! Cheers!! πŸ˜€


    • Thanks Wendy. My wallet is being hit as I have to replace the bathroom light now as it’s been a few days since the incident and the claim forms have not been collected yet. But thank you for your concern. Do you know if there is such a thing as a steam driven laptop …… must be safer πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • I would laugh as well if I was in your shoes Beth. I hope you wear UK size 11 1/2 or Europe 46. Anything smaller would make my eyes water but not with laughter πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  4. OH, that is such a bummer! I hope it is all fixed up and quickly! (fine I will go out and get a new surge protector too) πŸ˜›


    • Such a good idea Elisa to buy a SP especially if you live in an area where outages are common. I think it will be a while before everything is back to normal. Never mind. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  5. I bet you will be buying more surge protectors, just glad you are ok….and that the laptop is ok….bet Jesus is not popular in the village at the moment….


    • I have asked my electricians to put a commercial surge protector in my circuit breaker box so hopefully if Jesus the builder tries it again I will be ready for him. Thank you also for your concern. My laptop and I appreciate it. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • I came to exactly the same thought as you Sheri, make things nice and someone/thing wants to trash it. But not to worry, it’s only materialism that was hit and it makes a good post πŸ˜‰
      What a lovely offer my friend. Umm …. need anything …… ummm ….. tell you ….. ummm …. not at the moment thanks Sheri ….. ummm
      Have a lovely week. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. The battery for my generator exploded once. Sounded like 10 cars backfiring. I thought I was going to crap my pants. What a mess to clean up too.


    • Now that sounds really nasty Frank. Was the mess the battery or your pants ?? Just asking !!! πŸ˜‰ Ralph πŸ˜€


      • No, it was just the battery. Had to clean it up quick or the acid would erode everything away. Pants were clean though. Take care Ralph.


      • Acid does make a mess. Scary stuff. I am pleased that you were okay Frank πŸ˜€


  7. Holy Moly!
    I wonder if this is a sign from above seeing that Jesus was the one responsible for this incident.
    Glad you survived the explosion in one piece!
    RoSy πŸ™‚ xo


    • Could have been a sign RoSy !! I wonder what it means ? Don’t let Jesus drive vehicles near power cables any more, possibly ? Or don’t keep surge protectors between your legs …. yes, it will be that one !! πŸ˜‰
      I love your BIG HUG. Thanks RoSy and may I return the compliment. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  8. Here I go again with lord have mercy and this time I really mean, lord have mercy. Or maybe that should be jesus who should have said lord have mercy. How rude can one spaniard be and not say that he was sorry.I starrted laughing at the title in my email and then as I began to read it was funny and then it became downright awful. I mean awful for you. I’ve never had anything near that happening. I have a lap top so don’t know what would happen if something went terribly awry with the electricity. I generally do not use the computer though if there is sigificant lightening and thunder. Also unpug my little jewel which might or might not be nearing its last breath.

    I hope that things are better for you real soon. So how in the world are you on internet if all was blown up? You waved your white flag after the explosion> Oh my goodness. That really made me laugh.

    My best blogging friend who is English) has bought a house in southern Spain. Will let her know where you are blog wise,etc. So where are you or can you say? I’ll add her link in another comment.

    Yvonne xxx


    • Hi Yvonne. Thanks for the link. Her family is based in Jakarta in Indonesia (which is just down the road from Spain πŸ˜‰ ) and came to the Algarve in Portugal to buy an air conditioned holiday home (the type of wrecked house with no roof πŸ˜‰ ) and visited Sevilla in Spain. She is not living in Spain. I will read more of her posts later.

      I have read all of your posts but I can’t LIKE as you don’t have the facility.

      My laptop was saved from destruction by the surge protector (the white thing in the second photo of this post) so I can still blog as I replaced the SP. I may keep my legs on the desk just in case it happens again πŸ˜‰

      My next post in a week or so will be a slideshow of my finished apartment (so long as it hasn’t suffered another disaster). I could do a post now but I want it to be a surprise for Ute, of Utesmile, who is visiting me in 10 days time. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • NO Lottie is not living in Spain (yet.) As for as the like button I removed that but it shows at the top of a blog in the reader or the top of a blog page or it did. Don’t worry about not commenting. My blog or what ever is not for everyone and you are only one of several people that I let slide simply because I really like your blog and I think you are a fine and ” refined person.” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚



      • I always visit blogs and never use my reader and I have just learned from you the like on the WP black bar at the top of the page. Live and learn !!
        Thanks for the “refined person” remark. I will have to google it to read what it means πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  9. Well, at least nothing burned down! Even better – you weren’t injured πŸ™‚


    • So true my friend. A house fire would have been awful and thanks for caring about me. I still owe you an email. Big hugs to you and your family. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  10. you so knew what you would do with that title! poor Ralph, another story to share and for us to pass along virtual hugs. πŸ˜‰


    • Hi Roxie. Hehe !! I knew that title would hook you !!
      As you are America’s leading publisher (it pays to advertise πŸ˜€ ) you know that the title really helps with sales.
      And to think I live in a backwater village in Spain where nothing should happen but the stories keep coming.
      Have a lovely day. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  11. 0_o that first photo! LOOKS DANGEROUS. Glad you’re alright.


    • Hi Rynna. It’s not normally dangerous only when Jesus is working !! Everything needs an AC socket. I put all those boxes on the wall under my desk to keep the desk clear. Plugged in are my laptop, printer, telephone, router, modem, light & internet/telephone splitter. I have another 6 pack of sockets on the wall under my desk for my cell phone, radio and another light. 10 things plugged in altogether !! Crazy but I had to put the sockets somewhere !!
      Thanks. I am okay as I hope you are. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • hahahahhahahaha I was speaking about a song in basque, but this sentence it’s very similar hahaha


      • There are so many videos on YouTube but I think you will like this one πŸ˜€


  12. Ralph……………………… I’ve no comment to do, you understand πŸ™‚ ! Thanks you didn’t tell anyone, you’re a real friend, hahaha !


    • Hi Shiro. Mum’s the word. I would hate to ruin your reputation πŸ˜‰ To everyone else you are unblemished …….. hehe !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Hahaha……………. ears hear and mouth shut πŸ™‚ ! Have a splendid evening Ralph Xoxo


  13. Hi, Ralph…I really do hope this one posts. My last comment (about how to treat a lady) received a “sorry, this comment did not post,” but I’m trying again.
    Only you could create such an enticing title! I’m glad everyone survived. When our neighbor’s son was a freshman in college, he overloaded the electrical outlet with computer, printer, TV, coffee maker, mini-fridge, and clock radio. There was a power surge and he blew a hole in the wall of his apartment. He’s lucky he lost only his damage deposit!


    • Hi Marylin πŸ˜€
      That IS strange. I have many visitors who never comment but I have NEVER heard of a comment not post. This one came in fine. Thank you.
      That must have been frightening for your neighbour’s son The college should supply more outlets as everyone has so many more appliances nowadays. I knew I would have at least 10 at my desk, so I had the electricians run a stronger cable with 12 outlets/sockets on the wall. Normally that would be more than adequate. Then Jesus the Builder created havoc.
      Have a lovely week. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  14. What an attention getting title, Ralph!!! πŸ™‚ Given your normal posts, I had an entirely different mental picture, and, I mean Ralph, polite people don’t write explosive stuff like that on their blogs. Well some do, but … So you are partially out of commission, and company is coming, and everything is new. What a disappointment! Only you could turn a disaster into an x-rated comedy piece. For the love of Jesus the builder. I am really sorry, and glad you had protection – at least for your laptop. My poor favorite Ralph. 😦 Here’s a hug. I hope Manny didn’t get burned. I was afraid he might have chewed on something he shouldn’t have! πŸ™‚


    • Hi MVBF Marsha. It proves a point that sex does not sell but an exploding surge protector does πŸ˜‰ It brought in 10 new wonderful followers so far. The electrician returned yesterday afternoon and replaced the melted transformers. So I am nearly back to where I was.
      Manny was on the desk. He is traumatised and is going to sue Jesus for every brick he has. Because of that I didn’t have a post for you this week. You will be inundated with post material when Ute comes to stay. Have a lovely day. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • No problem my sweetest electrified friend. Hmmm I have to think about a good response. My friends and I debated between a happy sexy girlie film and an exploding shoot ’em up film. Sex won, but none of us were totally happy with our choice. Glad Manny’s ok. I’m with Elane, so I may not get a post done anyway. Lots of love to you . Xox 😍😘


      • Maybe you California Girls are too hot to watch those type of movies. I should go for the exploding shoot ’em up film next time πŸ˜‰


  15. This lends a whole new meaning to ‘The Second Coming’. πŸ˜† I hope that Jesus the builder didn’t get too much of a shock.


    • I am going to have to pick my words very carefully Sylvia …… or not !! πŸ˜‰
      I’ve got to laugh. Your mind !! Gives a whole new meaning to surge protectors πŸ˜‰
      I don’t know if Jesus was shocked. The Spanish are very open minded about these things. Great comment. Love it πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  16. I can’t say I’ve had anything that has made me jump in a long while, except for a scary bit in a movie. My computer is buggy these days and irritates me. I hope you can recover your items. So sorry to hear about that. Maybe I should back up my computer now. Amy xo


    • Hi Amy my friend πŸ˜€
      Maybe your computer is clogged up with too many old and unnecessary items. I have been using CCleaner (CrapCleaner) for a couple of years now and my computer is fine. CCleaner is free and so easy to use. Piriform upgrades it every so often. I clean my laptop every night inc. the registry. http://www.piriform.com/
      I should at least back up items that have meaning for you such as photos and documents if you don’t want to spend hours backing up all the software.

      The electricians came and replaced the transformers. Everything else I am buying and will reclaim the cost.

      Happy Friday !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • mmmph

        (thinks to self in cotton swaddled slowness)
        …so the kettle will work now
        (weakly shakes tea mug, rattling spoon upon pitifully empty sides and moans a bit)
        mmmph Tea mssr. ralph, it is your turn
        (cotton swaddled slowness has overstayed her morning welcome, request help with eviction proceedings)


      • Hi Elisa. As usual I am totally lost with your comment. Are you being evicted ? Ralph xox πŸ˜€


        yay something to be glad for—not being evicted!
        I couldn’t get my brain out of fuzzy wuzzle land this morning, I was trying to evict the cotton type mind invaders. I didn’t make sense, as I wasn’t able to make sense.

        And, I didn’t have the oomph to make my own darn tea…I was mooching πŸ˜›


      • I really do hope that you are feeling better as I worry about you sometimes. Have another cuppa πŸ˜€


  17. Oh Ralph, I am sorry to hear this, particularly with all you have been dealing with the remodel. I certainly hope that you recoup everything you have lost.


    • Hi LuAnn πŸ˜€ Thank you for caring.
      Most of the damaged items have been replaced except the satellite box. I hope I never get zapped again. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  18. Excitement I see…. what will it be when I am there?
    Glad you are ok, fried Ralph does not suit you really… hehe


    • Hi dear friend Ute,
      I am sure that the excitement of your first visit to Spain won’t be that dangerous. Well I hope not !!
      Thanks. I am okay …… just checking ….. yes I’m fine πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  19. !!! That would have been enormously scary.

    Had to read this one because of the title – HAD to know…!!


    • Yes. You just HAD to know Noeleen my friend. I hope you weren’t disappointed πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  20. I worried when I read your headline…I’m glad you survived unscathed. We need your hilarious posts to cheer us out here in cyberspace.

    Like many who haven’t moved on to a total mobile internet life, I have a huge tangle of cords and other electrical doodads under my desk and on my desk, all sprinkled with dust bunnies and cat hair that I have to vacuum regularly. One of these days one of the dust bunnies may spontaneously combust. Maybe I should keep a fire extinguisher nearby. I bought a wireless mouse and keyboard to eliminate the clutter, but they failed even with many fresh batteries, so I’m back to more cords on my desk.


    • Hi Catherine. Thank you so much for your comment which I really appreciate πŸ˜€

      I know what you are going through with the cables and dust. Even though I have most of my cables as tidy as I can get them I still have 4 cables on my desktop. Mouse cable. Power and laptop cables to my printer. Power cable to my laptop. As I never move my laptop I was advised to charge the battery then remove it from the laptop and power my laptop directly from the charger. I have been working like this for a year or so and have saved my battery from constant unnecessary use.

      Dust is a problem. When my cleaner comes on Sunday I switch off my laptop and give it a going over with the Dyson concentrating on the air intake to the cooling fans and the keys.Usually if the fans are going nine to the dozen it means the fans are probably clogged with dust. Coiled cables are dust collectors. Wrapping the coils in cling film does reduce the dusting required.

      My main problem, like you, is cats’ hairs as they love to walk across or sit on the key board. I haven’t the heart to shoo the cats away. Maybe I should. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  21. Sorry to hear of your electrical plight. I have surge protectors on a lot of electrical equipment but not all. I can imagine it did un-nerve you. I hope you manage to get enough money to replace everything that you lost.


    • Hi Sandra πŸ˜€ For me money is not a problem. The problem is that Jesus was uninsured and the power company are playing up. I had 6 items blow up, all have been replaced except one of my Sky boxes which I may not replace as rumour has it that Sky is moving to a new satellite concentrating the beam on UK so we may totally lose the signal here in southern Spain. I have friends Bill & Max who live almost next door to the incident and they have lost over €6000 worth of equipment throughout their home. It is estimated that the total losses in the village exceed €1 million. I have paid for and replaced most of my losses as I don’t want the hassle of fighting the power company for a few euros. There is no compensation scheme here in Spain so I can’t claim for the distress caused when the surge protector exploded between my legs. So I just have to grin and bear it and move on.

      I would recommend anyone who is reading this to get surge protectors. They saved my laptop and my flat screen TVs from a 380vAC spike.

      I am so pleased to hear that you are protected to some extent Sandra. Have a lovely week. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Yes. 11 years and I still don’t understand the local dialect πŸ˜‰ Ute has just returned home after a lovely holiday with me. I’ll miss her and Manny the teddy bear. 😦


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