This isn't a ghost story, but I'm wondering how many contributors here regularly experience electrical problems & if it's connected to being "open" to things of this nature. As I've said in the past, I always try to debunk something before declaring it paranormal. But this is getting annoying. And expensive. Light bulbs don't seem to last a month around me (even the ones touted as "long life"). Brake lights & turn signals go out regularly. My cell batteries also seem to drain quickly, and this has varied brand-to-brand over the years. The streetlights by our house have never seemed to work right or be reliable. I have to change the batteries in my keyboard & mouse at work about once a month (coworkers claim theirs last six months or more).
The first time I noticed this might be a me-thing was in the year 2000. My boyfriend & I had just moved into a brand new apartment building in southeast Portland - we were the first tenants in our particular unit (hurray - no weird crumbs under the fridge!). One Sunday evening, I was boiling some pasta on the stove in the kitchen, he was watching TV in the living room. I wandered out into the living room & we got into an argument about something. It became heated with me raising my voice (I have quite a temper), and with my shouting - the electricity went out. Everything. I went to the fuse box to see if something blew there, and I couldn't find anything that looked out of the ordinary. I regularly blew fuses drying my hair, so I was familiar with this happening on a smaller scale. I went out into the building's hallway, and the lights were still on elsewhere. I'm annoyed, so I make a call to after-hour maintenance.
Maintenance staff at that place was less than friendly... I dreaded calling them, but this couldn't wait. The guy shows up to our door, cranky that we'd interrupted his day off. "Well, did you check the fuse box?" Of course we did. He shakes his head, checks it himself, "Doesn't make sense." He starts getting more agitated, asking if we'd been running the kitchen fan, heater, vacuum, microwave, had all the lights on at once, etc. - we'd only had the kitchen light on, one burner on the stove, TV, and a lamp in the living room. Hardly anything extreme, especially for a newly constructed building. The maintenance guy doesn't believe me, and storms out to check the building's main breakers.
He returns about 10 minutes later, still agitated. "Are you SURE you weren't running a vacuum and the heater at the same time? You must've been doing SOMETHING in here! You blew out the main ___ (something or other technical term I don't remember nor did I understand at the time)!" Oddly, it had only affected our apartment - no one else's - and apparently it was a real pain to fix. He had our electricity back on within an hour & I was happy. Maintenance dude was not. It did stick in my mind though, that when we'd began arguing, that's when the power went out.
A few weeks went by and we had started an argument about something else. The lights flickered. They ALWAYS flickered whenever we argued after that, even after moving. I started noticing we went through lightbulbs like crazy, having to replace them every few weeks. I've moved house five times since that one big power blow-out and no matter the age of wiring, which lamp they're in, brand of bulb - they always crap out before their time.
Most recently, the bathroom lights have been exploding on me. We have one of those recessed bathroom fans, with lights on either side. Three times in the past six months, I've gone into the loo & one of the bulbs in the ceiling goes POP! Luckily the bulbs are protected by a glass slide-y thing, but it shatters the entire bulb... Making it a mess to clean up. A couple weeks ago I was in an argument with my other half. I slammed the front door to have a smoke outside, the porch light popped & went out. Not the first time this has happened, either. It almost always seems to happen when I'm upset or annoyed.
I've done a couple of quick searches on the interwebs and all I can come up with are "sliders" or "SLIders", which seem to pull energy from electrical sources. I have yet to find a reputable-looking site with a logical explanation. Do you guys experience this also? Suggestions?