I was out of the house from around 1:15 until almost 5 p.m. yesterday. As I walked in the door I instantly knew something was wrong. When it is pushing 100 degrees outside, stepping into a properly air conditioned home should actually feel a little chilly by comparison. It didn’t. Oh, shoot. I put away the groceries and checked the thermostat. We normally have it set on 72 degrees. It was 78 degrees and the a/c was not running. I checked the breaker but it was okay. David was on his way home and I hoped it would be something simple that he could fix. It wasn’t.
We scrapped our dinner plans and headed to the North Lounge (our version of “Cheers” – where everybody knows your name). We joked with the manager that we were going to spend the night on their sofas. He actually offered to let us have the key and stay. Perhaps that means we are there a lot. 😉 We ate dinner and hung out with everyone there until 10:30. Just soaking up all that cool air.
We stepped outside and when hit with air that was still nearly 90 degrees David decided to get us a room at the Holiday Inn Express. We called Chris and had him put up the chickens and feed the animals for us, telling him of our plans. He had come over to our house to watch television and said he was sweating. That sealed the deal.
Since we hadn’t planned this in advance, we didn’t have anything with us. The hotel gave us toothbrushes and toothpaste and I fortunately had some of my asthma medicine in my purse. It did seem a little weird checking into a hotel late at night with no luggage. Almost illicit. 😉 We rode the elevator with a man who had seen us check in. The next morning the same guy rode down the elevator with us. He couldn’t have helped but notice our lack of luggage. The fact that I was wearing my dark sunglasses no doubt added to the overall impression. But hey, I only had a few makeup items for touch-ups, hence the sunglasses.
We slept comfortably in a king size bed in a cool room and enjoyed a free breakfast the next morning. Works for me. The repairman showed up before 9:30 and we now have a functioning air conditioner.
Labor to repair a/c – $85.50
A cool house (and giving strangers something to talk about) – Priceless