Dear Moon - with a wave to Birdy and all~
Yes I'm still here but not that much in the past few weeks, had some medical issues and other stuff, getting better but a while before I'm back to normal I guess.
I'm not sure 'scared' is the right word, perhaps it is a question that something raises anxiety to an almost paralyzing level. 'Scared' sounds a bit judgmental to me (we walruses are a sensitive species) . And you are right; appliances, petrol stations, all sorts of things can do this. My mailbox at the end of my driveways was such a beast for many years, as was answering the phone. Not logical, and definitely a real nuisance.
I can't just say you will work the vacuum cleaner out as the instructions will make it possible. Reluctance such as you describe is not that open to reason. What I will say is that you have overcome so many things in your past that the inner Moon is always capable of surprising you. Plus looking helpless can often dredge up a KISA to sort things out :)
As to starting another thread, dunno, I reckon you will get advice wherever you are, certainly you are getting it here. Your existing threads tend to have wide subject matters already.
True just the thought of bowling can reduce grown men (and women) to jelly, and I've no idea why it can seem OK to you and other things don't.
Do you know I can't think of a single OW quote about vacuum cleaners! Memory must be failing me, I'll be leaving things in Victoria Station before long.