It was Colorado Aquarium Society Auction day today 10/19/2019.
I couldn't get to sleep last night and then woke up pretty late.
Had to get 350 pounds of rocks and stone out of the car...
Got a late start - had an hour drive...but there was a big accident on the highway and I rerouted for about 9 miles of surface street and made decent time considering other people were rerouting from the accident area as well.
Went to the check in and pre registered online as were were told to do, but some other person was in possession of my number and already had "bought" items on that number, so after checking what to do I got re-registered with a new number. Newbie volunteer/helper mix up, no big deal.
Then started looking at the quick sale items (you can grab them and buy them no aution process) Some one I knew came over to me and handed me my wallet! Which I had left on the counter when I thought the re-register process would take a while.
Can you imagine if some one without morals would have found it!!! Day would have been ruined?!
Mid day prize drawing - the guy who had my number from the mix up earlier, won a $50.00 online store gift certificate... He's a nice guy so good for him!
Found a couple plants I wanted.
Talked to some friends. By that time of the day usually they need help but they were fully staffed with helpers. Found a chair and sat down for about 15 minutes. Got a text.
5 min later got a text that the power went out at home...
Figured not too bad as I would be getting home in about 3-4 hours and I could fix it if it was still out.
Then another text - Your fish tank plug caught on fire.
I mostly think it is a humorous (not that funny dry humor joke) joke because I am at a fish auction.
next message - Flames!
But no, NOT a joke sadly. My family who aren't fish persons rally together and try to prevent a fire affecting the house.
Basically water overflowed the filter case and dripped and made it's way into a strip plug and caused sparks, flames and a mini fire pouf. Lots of popping was heard before and some electrical smell right before hand.
But that was why the power went out.
I went and told my friends I was getting out and home quickly and checked out. Gave my raffle tickets to the friend and left.
There was a loss of power strip but nothing else appeared to have been damaged.
[It was just a temporary connector strip (like an extension cord) for when I get fish in a QT bucket from the fish store, overnight they go into a bucket with heater and air to make sure they aren't gonna die right off.] But being that it was plugged in it was live.
Meanwhile after I had cashed out and was in the car to get home I saw a message that the tank plugs got plugged into a new strip plug with a "GFI" type shut off feature and things were back in order. Bubbling, splashing and humming along.
Anyway... Got home and got some things settled in.
Had to run to the store, and got a phone call from an unknown # while I was headed to the store.
I called back and found that it was my friend from the meeting and I had won a CAS coffee mug being the first of the final 5 raffle drawings and that asked Good at least it has a fish on it right!???
Yes, she said and you are going to the next meeting right? I told her I would be planning on it but not sure. She said well I guess I will just tell you, you really have to be there.
I found out, as she said, that the last number drawn was mine too - for the grand prize in the raffle.
What on earth? What? I couldn't quite comprehend for a minute. Stunned really.
But I won a 30G Waterbox FW
tank and matching beige stand!!!
It looks amazing. And I'm not sure how to move around things just yet. But it is incredible that the glass is Starphire glass. What I had been wishing for, for forever.
And another text - my daughter got engaged!!!
And since I had to drive to go get the tank from the friends, I bought Chinese food on the way home and my fortune was...
"Your dearest wish will come true within the month!"
Or today (wishes)!!!!! I'm not a believer in fortune telling but fortune cookies are fun.
What a crazy day.
Plus I got a few fish and plants from the auction and a lfs
today. None died on the trip home.