The Air Conditioner Tango
posted May 17 2013 11:13PM
It's almost air conditioner time again. I have a love/hate relationship with my air conditioner. I hate installing it because it's heavy and unwieldly. I hate running it because it runs up my electric bill. And yet I love it because it keeps me from drowning in my own sweat in the summer.
My neighbors already have their air conditioner running, which is strange, not only because it's not warm enough for that yet, but also because the people who lived in that apartment before them also ran their air conditioner at weird times, only in their case they ran it well into the fall before finally taking it out just prior to the end of October, by which time temps were in the low 60s and not hot by any means. But I went home last night and it was on, and it was about 66 outside. I wondered if their place was like a refrigerator inside, the way the WAYZ studio is at night. Like it is as I type this, in fact.
But it's inevitable that summer will come on full steam soon enough, and I'll resist pulling that AC out of the closet until I just can't take it anymore. Then that night will come when I'm laying there trying to sleep and can't because I'm roasting and covered in sweat. So I'll get up, manhandle the unit into the window, turn it on, and stand in front of it until all the sweat evaporates from my skin. It's become a ritual, and part of that ritual is waiting as long as I can stand before I do it. Last year I made it to the 4th of July before I put the AC in. But it wasn't pleasant and I do not intent to wait that long this year.
Hoping you have a comfortable summer...Cheers.