A ‘Larry David moment’ — which wins a DVD set
his week’s cringeworthy encounter, inspired by “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (on More4), comes from JC reader Connie Stanton.
“We were just about to go to bed when all the lights went out. A power cut, we thought, but all the street lights were still on. We went to the cupboard under the stairs and checked fuse box. There was no problem there, so we realised that it something must have gone wrong with the main fuse, which only the electricity company can access.
“I telephoned the emergency electricity service, who told me that someone would call round the next day to fix the main fuse. I then told them that I could smell smouldering from the vicinity of the wooden board that the fuse box was attached to.
“‘That’s OK,’ they said, ‘just turn the electricity off at the mains.’ We did this, but of course we could still smell smouldering.
“The next best thing, we thought, was to called the fire brigade. I dialed 999 and when I got through explained that it was not a dire emergency, so could they just possibly send someone, perhaps on a bicycle from the local fire station just down the road, to check that it would be safe for us to go to bed.
“Soon we saw a blue light flashing outside the house. I opened the front door so that there would be no need for the front door bell to be rung and
Embarrassed? Larry David would understand start the dog barking and wake all the neighbours. There I encountered six of the largest firemen imaginable, in full fire-fighting gear — helmets, breathing apparatus, the lot — walking towards me.
“In my surprised state, I blurted out: ‘I only wanted one of you!’
“The startled reaction of the lead fireman was obvious as he cast his eyes over me standing there in my dressing gown. What was passing through his mind was equally obvious — ‘Oh no, it’s another of those strange women.’ I wished the ground would open under me.”