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September 4th, 2016


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01:04 pm - Modern Conveniences, Post #42
So this past week has continued with the home drama, but all is resolved(ish) now. Let us look back:

Monday I arrange a meeting with G, a representative for a local HVAC company. My aging heat pump is no longer properly cooling, and I'd already planned on replacing it once the weather turned, ie. I didn't need air conditioning.

Tuesday, G comes to the house. He does not *quite* shudder when he looks at the old unit, but almost. We make a verbal deal.

Wednesday, G visits again to have me sign papers, talk about money, etc. He takes notes, and although Hurricane Hermine is coming, G says he thinks he can have the new unit installed on Friday. OK.

Thursday, I am at work after lunch -- 1 pm-ish -- when I get a phone call from a bubbly office person for the HVAC company. She just wants to let me know that the techs have pulled the outside unit and need a time to pull the inside air handler. WHAT, I say, the old unit was still working. I don't have that in my notes, she says, so I assumed it was dead, anyway too late now. WHAT, I say.

When I come home from work at 3, the house is already getting hot and Master Danger is Not Happy. The techs show up to collect the other parts. Sorry, they say insincerely.

And thus Master Danger and I swelter for the next day and a half without the necessary modern convenience until, oh blessed hour, the AC kicks back in a little after 4 pm. We are lucky (said sincerely) that the storm kept the temp down, even if the humidity was hideous. And I am happy to have it working properly now. I don't need that much historical accuracy.

The other modern convenience I've been thinking about, however,: I now have Amazon Music on my phone. (Note: I've never had an MP3 player of any kind. I like physical artifacts, ie CDs and vinyl.) Whilst languishing in the heat Thursday evening, too hot to move, I lounged on the couch and listened to favorite music as the wind blew outside. Because I don't have earbuds, the experience reminded me of when I was very small and had an old transistor radio I sometimes listened to at night after lights out. The streaming music on my phone doesn't have the same static and hiss of the transistor, the signal coming from faraway Chicago or St Louis in that strange AM-radio way, the tinny quality of the music. It's more convenient for what I already know I like. But it's not quite the same sense of adventure.

Hope you're finding life convenient in all good ways these days.

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From:mobile_alh
Date:September 4th, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm so delighted to hear that the HVAC people didn't suddenly find out that the parts they needed were on backorder (been there, hated the t-shirt).

Not to rub it in, but today we're having lovely cooling Indian summer. No fear though, I'm sure teh temps will shoot back up into the 90s or more at least one more time before the real autumn.

Hugs and congratulations on working technology!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
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There was a dodgy moment near the end where the unit didn't work because one tech didn't realize he hadn't hooked up one last wire -- but this was an easy fix.

HURRAH for your cool September weather! It's actually been cooler than normal here this weekend for the high temperatures, but the humidity is hellish. And the heat will come back...

Hugs hugs!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:September 4th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
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LOL, we are a lot alike. I hate MP3 players, even though I've had several. Give me radio! And yes, those nights of hiding your transistor radio under your pillow...you could almost always get that New Orleans station, which just sounded so exotic to me!

Funny, since I've gotten the AC fixed, I'm really flirting with how much I can do without it. It's been pretty cool at night, so I'm trying to turn it off and just make do with fans. But it's important that I know I CAN turn it on if I want to :).
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I had to look up why AM stations' signals traveled so far at night -- it's cool, and how neat that you got a New Orleans station!

I am awed by your restraint with your AC. Because I'm so over heat I've been flirting with setting the thermostat a degree lower, but somehow I haven't done it.
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From:gwynnega
Date:September 5th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
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Sorry you were without AC, but I'm glad it's back!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2016 04:59 pm (UTC)
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It's humming away so sweetly right this minute. :)

Hugs hugs!
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From:freixenet
Date:September 5th, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, L. The horror of no a/c in Florida in this dreadful season...so terrible. So glad all that is over! Yay for persevering!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 7th, 2016 12:00 pm (UTC)
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It was bad. But it's over, yay! And the past two mornings have been harbingers of good things to come. :)

Hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:September 6th, 2016 02:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you have new A/C and the storm wasn't too horrible.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 7th, 2016 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, T, and happy Thursday Wednesday! :)

(Got a little ahead of myself there.)

Edited at 2016-09-07 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From:stateless82
Date:September 7th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
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I think perhaps I would have been less than polite to the bubbly office person and her colleagues.

I still have my little shuffle, filled with the exact same songs I put on it 8? 10? a million? years ago. It's been okay for treks to the grocery store, or helping me stay awake during endless reviews of patron accounts, but nothing beats listening to the radio on long drives when you never know what'll come next.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 7th, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the serendipity of hearing a song long forgotten! That is a joyful thing. (I'm deliberately using the present tense, because I'd hate to think it was gone.)

Hugs hugs!

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