Our air conditioner, after years of hard labor, gained it’s junkyard wings. The poor thing was exhausted and refused to work another day.
There’s plenty to worry about, over here. But a broken air conditioner, on one of the hottest days of the Summer season? I never flinched. Reason being, I knew that James King would cuddle a rattlesnake before doing without cold air. Had it been the heater, in the dead of Winter... I would’ve been in panic mode; digging every quilt and robe out of every closet, and piling up sticks and limbs... in preparation for daily bonfires. The man does not get cold... ever. In his defense, though, he works in this heat all day. The last thing he wants to do, after surviving blistering heat in the woods... is to come home, and have a heat stroke on the living room couch.
We went to three different places, before finally finding one. I guess that a lot of other folks’ units had gotten tired of working too.
It’s been hot, no doubt. And I reckon that the thought of installing the new unit in the midst of a heat wave that would make the devil get down to his underdrawers, prompted James to nearly freeze me to death on the way home. He had that truck feeling like an iceberg. Somewhere in Alaska, there’s a block
of melting ice that could’ve been re-frozen in that truck.
As I was sitting there, with chattering teeth, James startled me, by abruptly blurting out, ‘This is driving me crazy’!
‘What in the world are you talking about’?
‘There’s a hair, sticking out the side of my nose. I can see it, out of the corner of my eye’!
I looked, but didn’t see anything.
‘It’s there! I can see it’!
I looked again. Nothing.
‘I can’t even watch the road. I’m gonna wreck, because of this hair’!
At least this ill placed hair, temporarily, got his mind off of what awaited him, at home.
We finally made it to the house. We got the new air conditioner put in. He was able to freeze in his part of the house, and I was able to thaw in mine. After a long, and aggravating day we were finally back to ‘our normal’... if there still exists, such a thing as ‘normal’ anymore.
The ‘hair’ has not been found or mentioned again.