Gut Rumbles

May 30, 2003

damn good guys

I noticed yesterday that my air conditioner wasn't working correctly. I checked the filter that I installed just a month ago, and it was clean. I was at the end of my knowledge about air conditioners after I did that.

This morning, I KNEW something was wrong because the house was warm, not cool. We're starting to bump 90 degrees every day here in southeast Georgia, and air conditioning is IMPORTANT to me in that kind of weather. I once happily slept in my own sweat, but now I am a wuss. I want my AC.

I called the company that installed the unit when the house was built and learned that they knock off work at 4:00. Hmmm... I knock off work at 4:00, too, and I have almost an hour's drive to get home. The guy on the phone said that he would talk to the "technicians," but I might have to wait until Monday before they could come. I begged for salvation.

I didn't think I would get it, but the repair crew pulled up right behind me when I got home. They found two caps missing off my refrigerant lines, reinstalled them and pumped the unit full of fresh coolant. I am at a blissful 72 degrees in the Crackerbox now.

Bejus bless air conditioner repair men willing to work overtime on a Friday.


Now that's cool! No pun intended.

Posted by: Jay Solo on May 30, 2003 04:40 PM

And the moral of the story is -- there are a few service people left who have a heart. It was my good fortune to find one today tool A very kind gentleman made a house call to fix my tv (bummed out last night in boomer storm) so I wouldn't have to wait till Monday.

Yeah, right, Jay.

Posted by: Indigo on May 30, 2003 04:59 PM


You're lucky you live in a place where the customer is still important, Acidman.

Congrats on the speedy fix!

Posted by: Da Goddess on May 30, 2003 05:16 PM

I can't imagine life with AC. You're not a wuss...I'm a wuss. I live on Puget Sound. We have a handful of days where it hits 90. Maybe 20 days throughout the summer where it's over 80. It hit the upper 70's here last week and I started whining about the heat and clicked on the AC...just to get rid of the humidity you understand !

Posted by: kel on May 30, 2003 05:42 PM

Two caps missing on coolant lines? Sounds like
a case of "finger blight"...very serious...
happens wherever boys known preventive.

Posted by: Dave on May 30, 2003 06:03 PM

I love AC.
When we bought our house now, a small ranch, we installed a 2 ton unit for the house. Yeah, it's a little big now but we figured if we ever built an addition, we wouldn't have to replace it. Letme tell ya - it cools the house off pretty friggin fast.

Posted by: Kate on May 30, 2003 06:16 PM

hey big fella
at least you need the AC
weve had the coldest damn spring and early summer that this little mama can remember

if that had happenend in NYC
someone would have told you
be home next wed sometime bet
9am and 5 pm
and refused to narrow it down any more than that
then they woulda showed up at 4:45
after your whole day was blown
and told you they had to send to the manufacturer for parts
should be another two weeks
in two weeks theyd have you sit there from 9-5 again
and show up at 4:15
at that point you would have fried for 3 weeks
and you could count yourself lucky
if they did manage to fix it
the cost would pretty much be about half of what you paid for the AC
then you'd really be hot and bothered

Posted by: rossi on May 30, 2003 06:40 PM

Nah, nah, nah. Here in South Florida, get here now! It's hot and HUMID, and I don't do hot. I have my own personal summers with pre-menopause.

Also, when it gets down to a frigid 55, I need my heat!

Posted by: pw101 on May 30, 2003 08:20 PM

What a bunch of friggin' pansies. Try coming to Iowa and live in 100 degree temps WITH 100% humidity. The sweat does not dry - EVER. You can grab the air and wring a cup of water out of it. Live with that for a summer, and maybe we can talk.

Oh, and just for a change of pace, wait six months and then you can live for the next six months with temperatures that get down to -40 with the "wind chill". Every freakin' day!

Iowa, Land of Two Seasons : Shovel and Swat.

Posted by: Buster on May 30, 2003 08:41 PM

Buster, you are out of your frigging mind to put up with that. You remind me of someone who shits his pants and BRAGS about how well he tolerates shitty pants.

I ain't impressed.

Posted by: Acidman on May 30, 2003 09:22 PM

This is my first summer without air conditioner (it and I are broke ) *s*...
Sometimes it's a little much but I'm kind of enjoying it. Reminds me of my childhood in the Bronx. My electric bill went down to $60 as thats cool...By the way were almost neighbors, I'm in NE.Fla.
*L* I'm sure you're askin who cares..
I don't know why I'm telling you either..
Night Stranger, Trease

Posted by: Trease on May 31, 2003 12:25 AM

I grew up in southern Illinois, Buster. Summer weather here in the Florida panhandle is identical. It just lasts about 3 months longer. First year I was here, I started sweating in FEBRUARY!

Posted by: Larry on May 31, 2003 09:11 AM

Larry is right. I say so. I thought I would tolerate the summer well having been through those killer summers up north. Here that humidity is 24 hours a day for 180 days! I don't complain about it (but will demand AC) because the winter is heavenly.

Posted by: pw101 on May 31, 2003 11:24 AM


1. Bite me you dust farting old geezer

2. We may have a crappy climate, but we don't have drive-by shootings around here. Hell, the person being shot at probably has MORE and LARGER guns than the dickwad trying the drive-by.

3. I have A/C to weather the summers, but you gotta go outside sometime.

4. The coldest it has ever been in my lifetime was just a few years ago. With the wind chill it was -75. For a week. Daytime highs during that time were around -50. And nothing closed down, or was delayed. We just went on with life.

5. Larry knows of whence I speak. The climate here builds character. I still think he is a sissy for not being able to tolerate the winters around these parts, but to each his own. Oh, that and he is from Illinois, so what do you expect? What Larry doesn't mention is they put astroturf down in Illinois stadiums so the Illini cheerleaders would stop grazing at half-time. :-)

6. Did I mention you could bite me, A-man?

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