August 31, 2005

My How Perspectives Change

My air conditioner broke yesterday in the house. No biggy. I called the guy who services our unit and he came out today and got it running. We'll need a new unit, probably soon... so chances are we won't be buying that generator this year.

It's funny... two years ago if you had told me I would lose my A/C in August, I'd be all freaked out. "Losing my air conditioner in the peak summer months?!!! Eeegads!"

Now? I've been through 2 hurricanes, my folks have been hit by 3 (two of them bad for them personally) and I continually witness the devastation all along the Gulf Coast.

So when I realized my a/c was out, I told them, "You'll just get to us when you get to us... "

It's all about perspective. Being without a/c is no.big.deal.

Posted by Boudicca at August 31, 2005 10:32 PM | TrackBack
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Geez Bou!

You make me feel guilty for bitching today about the humidity while in my air conditioned truck.

Punch me another whole in my ticket!

Posted by: Sissy at August 31, 2005 10:46 PM

Um, and that would be hole, not whole.

And yes, I remember the days with no elec for weeks after a hurricane...it sucks. Wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Posted by: Sissy at August 31, 2005 10:46 PM

Just a local update from South Alabama: Schools are closed indefinitely because there is no gas supply to run the busses.

And maybe you heard about the guy who had to let go of his wife as their house fell apart around them. She told him to hang onto the kids. He tried to walk to a mortuary several miles away just to see if her body was there. Her body was found...but how many more will never be found.

Yeah, I'm feeling guilty about my air conditioning, and my house, and my clothes, and my car. Robert Kennedy Jr. and his 'Mississippi deserved it because their governor advised against the Kyoto treaty' can bite my ass!!!!

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at August 31, 2005 11:07 PM

I can't even begin to listen to people like RK and his ilk. It makes me too angry and I might stroke out. Seriously.

They're talking gas rationing here, but I had no idea SA schools were closed.

And... I didn't know he'd found her body. We all know that story. It has started to symbolize the gut wrenching heart ache that this storm has brought with it.

Posted by: Bou at August 31, 2005 11:12 PM

Amen to that, Boudicca. A/C is nice, but when people are dying it does put things in perspective.

Posted by: Utenzi at September 1, 2005 12:03 AM

Not having A/C in hot/humid weather sucks, but I can certainly deal with it if I need to - I didn't have the convenience of A/C until I was 20 years old and moved out of my parents house - they just FINALLY installed A/C in their house about 5 years ago.. a good thing now that they're senior citizens :P

Posted by: S at September 1, 2005 08:31 AM

I dont have AC, so loosing it isn't that big of a deal to me. But to someone who is used to it, I can see how it can be.

As for Kenedy, I hadn't heard that bit. What a putz. (Being polite for Bou's blog)

Posted by: Contagion at September 1, 2005 09:59 AM

Just an update from Pensacola, FL (where I teach). A church in my school's district is taking in 100 refugees. The children in these families will be coming to my school. If you want to donate anything, please call the Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL...these people have NOTHING. (Get this...they are being moved from the Pensacola Civic Center because of a 'Papa Roach' concert...guess he's more important!!!!)

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at September 1, 2005 06:20 PM