So I reviewed contacts: electrician or handyman? If the fan had somehow jiggled a wire loose, which should I use? There's a dual switch for the light and I can't tell, when the light's not lighting, whether the current's on or off. An electrician would pull the fuse before looking at it, and surely a handyman would know to do so, but one hears stories where this has clearly not happened. Also electricians cost and do not like small jobs. And so, and so.
Thus kuyoing I went by Weiner's Home Hardware to get plastic scrub pads. WHH is staffed by a bunch of oyaji who've been there thirty years and more, some of whom may even be older than me: Weiner III, Santa Claus, Chinese Marty, and the black gay oyaji. The last of whom was there today and at leisure. I posed my problem to him. Hmm, he opined. 'You tested the light bulb? You tried the other switch? Overhead fan, does it have a switch on the fan itself someone might have pulled?' No one in the house but me, I say, and I didn't pull any of the fan switches recently- two weeks back to change the fan direction, that's all. 'Electrician,' he said, and I went to work calculating costs. Came home, and just to be sure, pulled the fan switches. One changes direction, one changes speed, and one-- turned on the light.
I am pleased, yes, but puzzled. Either I have gremlins or someone came into the house and turned the light on from the hanging switch, not knowing the wall switch would do it. Possibly I should go back to locking my front door.