It's hard to enjoy a movie with no AC

Last weekend I went out for a date with a girl that I had met at the gym.

I am never the type of person to try and pick up people out in public, but for some reason I decided that for this girl I would make an exception and put myself out there.

Luckily for me she said yes to my offer and we settled on going to the movies. Prior to the date I thought that it was going to be an easy way for us to spend time together without having to do much, but once the date started things started to turn south. While I was on the way to pick up my date, the air conditioning system in my vehicle broke down. Most of the time this isn’t a big deal, but when you live in the humid south like I do it can become a major problem. My date didn’t seem too bothered by the lack of cool air when I picked her up, which was nice, and I was banking on the movie theatre to have their high powered industrial grade air conditioning unit to keep us cooled off during the movie. Once we arrived to the theatre and took our seats we noticed that it was just as hot as it was in my car. Sure enough, one of the employees popped their head into the theatre and said the AC unit was down for repairs. We tried to push through the heat and watch the movie, but we only lasted ten minutes before we had to leave. I ended up being able to salvage the night with a trip to the ice cream store where we cooled off a bit and had some good conversation. It’s fair to say that it could have gone much worse, but that first date surely wasn’t what I had hoped for.

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I hope the surprises come to an end soon

When it comes to making their college most people aren’t sure what to expect.

Sure they know that there will be hard times learning how to adjust to taking care of themselves and managing their own schedules, but for me the biggest surprise of them all was how bad my air conditioning unit was in my dorm room. I had grown up as an only child my whole life, so being thrown into a small dorm with three other guys with very little air conditioning was terrible. I did my very best to stay positive and enjoy all of the surprises, but since I could never find a way to cool off I was often upset. Just when I thought that things couldn’t get any worse for me, my car broke down during finals week. For me having a car has always been my way to go explore and get some peace of mind, so no longer having that option was terrible for me. Being able to drive my car down to the schools coffee shop was the only way to cool off and have some access to some high quality wifi and AC where I could get ready for these finals as well. Until I am able to get my car fixed up, all I am going to be able to do is stay at the dorm and learn to love being in the heat with very limited space. My mom and dad both told me that going to college was going to be filled with all sorts of surprises, I just hope that a few of them turn out to be good ones!

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Who knew it would be so cold

Now that I have been living abroad for a few weeks I am finally starting to get adjusted to the weather and the lifestyle around here. Having grown up in a part of the world where the weather stays right around 70 degrees ninety nine percent of the year, I was pretty shocked when arrived here and realized how cold it was. On top of how crazy the weather was, I was even more confused with how to operate a heated gas furnace. As you might expect, an air conditioning unit which I am accustomed to is much different than a heated gas furnace. It took me a very long time and countless videos of self help videos online before I started to get the hang of things. At one point I was so cold while I was out and about during the day and while I was at home that I was getting so homesick I wanted to leave and was even looking at some cheap plane tickets. Thankfully I was able to make a few good friends who knew a thing or two about surviving the winter and I received a crash course in HVAC upkeep, and I was loaned some more winter weather clothing like a new coat and mittens. If I hadn’t been so lucky with having people help me out like they did with the heated gas furnace repair I would have most likely packed all of my stuff up and made my way back south. Now that I have the essentials for winter down here though, I guess I can say that it’s not so bad!

 

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I’m glad we stuck with this unit

When it comes to saving money and being resourceful I don’t mess around. I come from a long line of people who lived their lives far from civilization and had to rely one hundred percent on themselves for food and other resources. Now that I am an adult I have followed in my parents’ footsteps, but last week I almost had to do something that I never thought I would have to do. A few days ago, while I was in bed I heard a strange sound coming from my living room. I don’t have many things in my house that can make noises like that other than my heated gas furnace, so as soon as I woke up I knew that there was trouble ahead. Sure enough, furnace wasn’t showing any signs of life and I got straight to work with my tools trying to get it up and running. It’s important to keep in mind that I live in the middle of the country in the section of the country where it is almost always freezing outside, so it’s not like I could go and check into a hotel while an HVAC repairman fixed it for me. It took several hours of working on this extremely old heated gas furnace, but thanks to the training I had received from my father and a bit of luck I was able to get it up and running before I froze to death. In most cases I would have purchased a new furnace by now, but what can I say, as long as it still runs I might as well keep it around!

 

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Heating system broken in the doctor’s office

Have you ever noticed that the doctor’s office is always freezing cold? I don’t know what it is but I am never comfortable while I am at the doctor’s office.

So, last week I had to go into the doctor because I was having an issue with my back.

I was working out with my trainer last week and I think I must have moved the wrong way because my back is killing me now. I have been trying to take it easy, but even that hasn’t been helping. My wife is starting to get annoyed with my complaining so I decided to finally go see the doctor. Well, when I walked into the doctor’s office the nurse looked at me weird. She said that the heating system in the office was broken and that most patients had rescheduled their appointments. I really didn’t want to have to make a new appointment because the heating system wasn’t working. So, I decided to stay for my appointment even though the office was much colder than it normally was, which isn’t saying a lot I guess. I just want to be warm in the doctor’s office for once, but I guess that isn’t going to be the case today. I think I am going to say something to the doctor about how it is never comfortable in his office because it always feels like the air conditioner is blasting. Hopefully that doesn’t make him upset.

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Husband trips over space heater

My husband has always had a really bad temper. Every since we started dating it has been something that he has had to work on. I told him from the very beginning that I wasn’t going to put up with his temper so he would have to figure out how to control it. I have to say that for the most part, he really has listened to what I said and has done a lot of work to control his temper. However, last week something happened that brought back his old ways. Right now our HVAC system is being replaced so we have been using space heaters around the house to keep my family warm while the HVAC system is being fixed. I told my family that we have to be careful because of the space heaters. Not only are they a fire hazard, but there are cords all over the house. So, my husband got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I heard a loud crash. Well, my husband tripped over the cord of the space heater because he wasn’t paying attention to where he was going. My husband started to swear and almost through the space heater across the room. I have not seen his temper this bad in a really long time. I hope that this doesn’t become a pattern, but he did apologize to me after it happened so I hope that he realizes that I am not going to put up with it.

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It turns out, a smart thermostat was the answer to my problem

There was a time when I used to wear glasses every so often.

I am actually nearsighted so I don’t have to wear there very often. The thing is, I never really liked wearing them because I don’t like the way I look in glasses. Some people look great, but I don’t feel like I am one of those people who can pull off the look. My vision was getting worse over the years though, so I finally caved in and decided I had to get some good glasses. The thing that really bothered me was that I could not see the reading on the thermostat from across the room without glasses. When I’m working on the computer which is all the way across from the thermostat, I like to be able to just look over and see what the reading is. So I decided to get some good glasses, and surprisingly I don’t look that bad. They also have transitional lens so that they help protect my eyes in the sunlight. They are definitely really cool. The best thing is that now I can easily see the thermostat from across the room when I wear my glasses. It’s funny though, when my buddies were over, they were asking me why I didn’t just buy a smart thermostat. When they told me I could check the thermostat readings and adjust the temperature control settings from my phone, I hit myself on the head. I definitely was going to get a smart thermostat, and then I wouldn’t have to wear the new glasses all that often. They still would be helpful when I drive though.

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Feeling sick, but the heating system is helping me feel better

I honestly feel sick.

  • When my wife was about to go to work, she saw a dead bunny in our yard and a bunch of little bunnies all over the place.

She came back inside to tell me this news. She explained that there was this huge black cat that was attacking the bunnies. Before I got out there to see what was going on, she sent me a text that all the bunnies ran away, but there was still a dead bunny on the side of our garage. I had to go out there and check everything out, and sure enough this poor bunny was devoured. So I got a trash bag and a shovel and shoveled the poor thing into the bag being careful not to let it touch me. I then threw the trash bag in a little box and took the box to the nearest gas station and threw the box in the trash bin. When I got back home, I felt like throwing up, but I guess I’m alright. I immediately went to the thermostat and cranked up the heat because it was so cold outside. It felt really good when the heating system engaged and now I am feeling somewhat better, but I still feel grossed out. As long as I have the heating system working though, I should start feeling better. There is no way I am going back outside for anything else today. I don’t care if my wife comes home to tell me there are numerous dead bunnies out there, if that’s the case I will just call animal control.

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Blocking the windows against drafts in office

Not only am I naturally cold, but there are ice cold drafts passing through the windows all around me.

When I was growing up I never imagined that I would have a traditional job. I thought I would wind up working with my hands and taking care of animals everyday. Otherwise, I thought I might become an artist and be able to create new works of beautiful art on a daily basis. Instead, somehow I wound up with a boring desk job that brings me no satisfaction. Unfortunately, my career has not turn out the way that I expected. If there’s one thing that I hate more than staring at a computer screen all day, it’s in the unfortunate physical side effects that come with the territory. I hate having cramps, painful shoulders everyday. I despise the migraines that I get. And I absolutely abhor the cold temperature that my body reaches when I’m sitting at a computer all day. For whatever reason, if I’m sitting still my body temperature dips. It seems like my internal thermostat doesn’t work very well, and my internal temperature will quickly decline if my blood isn’t pumping. As such, working in my home office every day is an excruciatingly cold and uncomfortable experience. Not only am I naturally cold, but there are ice cold drafts passing through the windows all around me. Everyday, I start up my little space heater and block as many cracks in the window sills as possible before I get started on my work. It really doesn’t help. I would like to invest in a better window insulation and possibly even temperature insulating window treatments to improve my home office situation before 2020. It’s uncomfortable enough being dissatisfied with my daily work, but it’s utter torture to be freezing cold on top of that.

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Looking back, we never were compatible

Isn’t it amazing how you can fool yourself in a relationship? You can be with somebody who you don’t get along with it all, but somehow you end up in a relationship together for years.

You might even tell yourself that it’s not so bad or if things will get better.

You might overlook the worst parts of this person and stay with them for years. You might even convince yourself that you are the problem and stay in the relationship out of fear. Recently, I got out of a long-term relationship and looking back on it is quite an astounding practice. In hindsight, it’s clear that we were never a great match. It’s obvious that we weren’t going to work out but somehow I tricked myself into staying committed to this person. Some of the incompatibilities are extremely significant, such as his desire to have children. Some of them were more subtle, such as our widely differing stance on indoor air temperature control. At the time, it didn’t seem like a huge issue and we rarely addressed the heating and cooling drama that was underlying many of our monthly money problems. You see, I have always been extremely cold and enjoy running the heat in the house. Meanwhile, my ex was always extremely hot and needed to operate the air conditioning system. We had subtle, insidious battles over the thermostat settings and HVAC maintenance for years. We could never come to an agreement with the central heating and cooling system. Looking back on the relationship, it’s clear that if we couldn’t cooperate to resolve even minor indoor air temperature preferences, there was no chance we were going to get married.

 

 

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