You know the saying when it rains it pours? Well this last week seemed like a flash flood. It started promising enough. Last Saturday I sat down to get some writing done and next thing I know I have completed a few chapters and ended up being very pleased with how they read. I spent a quality day with my lovely wife, watched a great movie, and right before bed had a great idea about possibly a series of books that I could write. So the end of the day was filled with excited note taken & falling asleep thinking about this new exciting universe………..then Sunday arrived.
I remember waking up and thinking it seemed a little more toasty then usual. When I glanced at our thermostat I realized that it was set for 70 (I like it cold, I prefer to constantly be in danger of hypothermia) , but was actually currently 75, and that is when I realized our air conditioning was out. So we called our A/C guy who couldn’t come out until Monday, so the wife & I got to enjoy 90+ degree heat with a single fan…..
Monday arrives and I notice my car isn’t running as well as it should. So I make an appt to drop it off at our local repair shop. Later on that day our A/C guy shows up tells us we have a gauge that is out, isn’t sure if they have it but will go look and call back. Around 6pm that night we hadn’t heard from him so I made a call and found out they don’t have the part, but have ordered it (over-night), and oops their bad they forgot to call.
Get a call from our repair shop and basically my car is on life-support and am advised that I should probably pull the plug. So the 2nd half of the day is running around trying to get a rental vehicle so that both my wife & I have transportation. A/C guy calls, part not in yet, no idea when. Still no A/C. Also my work states they need us all to do mandatory overtime. I kick a cat in anger (not really).
Wake up early in order to get started on that mandatory overtime, enjoy an extra 2 hours at work. Mid-day realize that my favorite, albeit old, pair of jeans(which I’m currently wearing) have a small-ish hole near the crouch-al region. Spend the rest of the day in very specific stances in order to avoid any awkward moments. Also contact A/C guy, part not in yet, no idea when. Still no A/C.
Finish up overtime at work, have to present a series of “Diversity Awareness” activities to various teams in my building, momentarily consider jumping out of our 3 story window. I contact A/C guy, part not in yet, looks like it should come in Friday, they promise to install it just as soon as it arrives. Still no A/C.
A/C guy calls while I’m at work and leaves me a message stating they will call me back later today to schedule a time to come out and fix my A/C. This is around 11 am, at 2 pm I get a call from them asking where I am at because they are standing outside my house waiting for me. Just an FYI I live approx 40 minutes away from my workplace, and remember that mandatory OT? Yeah no way I am leaving early. I call a total of 5 people who live near by and might be able to let the A/C guy in, all of them are productive adults and at work. Eventually I give the A/C guy my garage code and give him the ok to go inside without me and fix the A/C.
Right now it is Saturday and I get to look forward to shopping for a new car. Some people consider this to be exciting and if it wasn’t for having to deal with car salesmen I would probably agree.
Now I will admit things could have been a lot worse. This week was relatively cool so being without A/C for the entire week wasn’t that horrible. Also the problems with my car were pretty severe and could have stranded me in the middle of no-where. No one noticed my holey-crouch jeans while I was at work, and they paid me $$ for all the overtime I completed there. So you could easily argue this is a glass half-full/half-empty type of situation. But to be totally honest next week in order to prevent any arguments or misunderstandings I would much rather have one of these…