If you've been reading about my travels and travails then you'll know I've already had a lively encounter with American electricity. I haven't had any more shocks but I am not filled with confidence by the wiring in my new apartment which leads lights to stay on when turned off, unless you really push the switch down firm. And I do find the plugs which fall out of sockets incredibly easily a bit worrying.
And then you walk out of the door and look at the streets. This country may be modern and my broadband connection is beautifully fast, and everything comes with a cupholder. But seriously, what is this about?
Practically every street is a sea of wiring. Perhaps these are phone lines (I am no expert) but something about the following makes me wonder. Yesterday on the San Francisco Chronicle website, there was a story about residents of a Californian town who were told to stay indoors because a high voltage cable had been dislodged by an owl. A not very heavy bird managed to cause a high voltage cable to dangle down in a residential street.