I arrived home at just after 11pm. R did not have to work the next day. I had not seen him for a couple of days. He was awake in bed and watching tv. I leant on the architrave of his bedroom door to have a brief chat before I sat at the computer and he went to sleep. It didn't turn out that way as he got out of bed and we discussed campervans for out forthcoming holiday.
And then we were zapped. The following morning I said to R, I had weird dream last night. Our bedroom ceiling fans went crazy. It was not a dream, but had I not experienced it myself, I would have been pretty sceptical about what happened.
Some background first. The ceiling fans in the bedrooms are operated by remote controls with settings for fast, medium and slow and the light built into the fans can be turned on and off too with another button on the remote. However, the main light switch has to be on for fan and light to operate.
I was leaning on the architrave of R's bedroom and the fan started spinning. He asked me why I turned it on. I hadn't. The light switch was already on so it was under the control of the remote next to his bed which he hadn't touched. He tried to turn it off, but it wouldn't stop. He pressed the light button and the light came on and then would not switch off. The fan then sped up, so I turned it all off at the light switch. Weird and while R thought there maybe the batteries have failed, I was doubtful. I switched it back on and away went the fan and the light came on and still no response from the remote, then an occasional response. It was as if it was under control by something else.
I don't know what made me go to my room and try mine, but I did and it was exactly the same. Sometimes the remote would work and sometimes not. This is getting weirder.
I went to the spare bedroom and exactly the same thing. I started thinking about magnetic fields, not that I know anything about them. Once years ago a green splodge appeared on the edge of our tv screen. We were puzzled as the tv was quite new. We worked out the speaker for the cd player sitting next to the tv was making the screen green.
As I said, R got up for a while and when we went back to the bedrooms everything was back to normal and has remained so since. Did the government put some kind of force field over us?
The only thing that partly makes sense to me is that my phone was in the left hand pocket of my shirt when I was leaning on the architrave, about 5cm, 2 inches, from the light switch. Is is possible that the phone could have done that? I could believe that, but to all three bedrooms through one light switch?