State of Shock

A weekend away with the girls was on the cards and I was counting down the minutes. Two and a half full days of sitting by the fire, eating glorious food, sipping on some bubbles and enjoying the friendly and world problems solving banter that can only come from some fully paid up members of the sisterhood.

And did I mention, we were off the grid? There could be no more glorious conditions for supreme relaxation. Or so I thought.

The wind was angry over the weekend. Big gusts of wind whipped everything up. I was one of the first to arrive. I immediately changed into my knee-high ugg boots, some leggings, a long-sleeved t-shirt and my floor length merino wool cardi, which I believe is the traditional garb of a girls weekend away. Some may even add a scarf, which of course I did. I made a cup of tea, pulled out my book and waiting for the rest of the posse to arrive.

The first gal arrive and I jumped up to greet her with a hug. As I reached out, I felt a small jolt of static electricity shock the both of us. WHAT THE FUCK? We both giggled a bit before I popped the kettle on again. I walked over to the fridge to get the milk and as I reached out to the fridge, the same thing happened.

I was fully charged!

This started to make me feel un-relaxed as I was not sure where or when I would get my next zapping. One by one the gals arrived and I would have to say “I am sorry, I just need to make sure that I do not electrocute you…” and I would touch a whole heap of surfaces before gingerly reaching out for a hug hello. Once everyone had arrived, we started workshopping as to why I was the way I was. Which was to be feared. One of the smart ladies suggested it was my cardigan, so I peeled it off and yes, the sparks flew from it. HUZZAH! I might be a little chilly but I will no longer be a danger to myself and others.

More sitting by the fire, more cups of teas and chatter before someone suggested we have a champers. I leapt up at the very notion and grabbed the handle to the drawer which housed the glasses.

ZAP.

My weekend was not turning out to be as relaxing as I had hoped. We continued to discuss why this was happening to me and only me. And here is what we came up with.

In the winter, static electricity is worse due to the lack of humidity in the air which leaves one susceptible to a charge imbalance. Turns out that (we suspect) my hair was building up charge and was not being helped by the fact that my footwear of choice led me to shuffle a lot. The result of these two things make me electrocute myself and others when I touched them. Wind, no humidity and shuffling. The perfect electrical storm.

From then on I lifted my feet when I walked around and wet my hair every few hours. This resulted in a more relaxing time for the remainder of the weekend. I hope you have learnt something from my pain.

Has this ever happened to you?

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  • Not to that extent. But if I’m being honest, I’d like to be able to call this power at will sometimes…

  • Heidi D

    I have the occasional zap but not to this extent. kids in primary school would shuffle their feet on the library carpet hoping to build up enough static to zap someone, they would have been very impressed with your skills.

  • Christina

    It’s happening to me NOW! I’ve been zapping everyone and everything in the last week! I like to think it’s because I’m so full of sparkle that it cannot contain it any longer…and of course, that’s so true!!!

    • We need some rain to calm the fuck down!

      • Christina

        I’m a full-on electric charged beast! FARK!!!!! It’s driving me crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

      • Christina

        PS…zapped my husby on the lip on Sunday! bahahahahahaaa with my finger! *cue Bruce Almighty “I’ve got the power!”

  • Vicki Rogers

    I’m so glad you had a great weekend apart from the Zaps! I find i.m the phantom zapper when I when my ugg boot slippers. I zap everything.

    • I am very suspicious of them now.

  • Trisha

    That was my husband all weekend too! A pot of water on top of the fireplace soon solved the problem.

    • Oh that is a great tip. Thank you!

  • Jen

    That was happening to me all day yesterday! I too had my uggies on. At one point I brushed past the dogs tail and she let out an almighty yelp…. Yep, I zapped her little tail!!!!

    • Oh she probably needs an apology!

  • Yes, I’ve been zapping all weekend. Glad to hear you had a good weekend though. I love a girls weekend away. Even a girls night can do wonders for the soul. x

  • Tracey

    I get zapped all the time. It is most disconcerting in the supermarket.