(or so they say)
The Hoosierland weather will be HOT, with temps reaching the 90 degree mark, and the accompanying humidity will make it feel a bit warmer than that.
Almost feels like two years ago, when we had that city-wide power outage around the 4th...absolutely no fun at all.
So, get yourselves ready for a bit of a mini swelter-fest, as the day progresses...and you know the drill - stay hydrated, stay indoors (if possible) and keep those cool drinks coming.
Let's get this show roiling before the sun gets too high in the sky...
*** First out of the box of Pandora today is the resolution to our central air conditioning problem.
|These guys don't come cheap, either.|
Yes, believe it or not, we had a nice COOL afternoon and evening yesterday after calling in Poorman's to service the unit.
Dale stopped by before lunch, and set about diagnosing the problem.
Now, without getting too technical, let's say the issue was NOT in the condenser unit (that big thing outside the house with the fan that runs).
|This tech sure LOOKS like Dale...|
We had power going from the furnace wiring to the unit and the condenser was in the right electrical mode and asking for the power...but nothing was reaching it.
Well, how's that saying go?
"The best solution is often the easiest".
(yeah, that's the one)
A CLASSIC study of the OCCAM'S RAZOR principle, if ever I saw one.
|Wifey teaches LATIN...she'll like this.|
The REALLY weird thing about this, I was pricing new t-stats at Menards a couple months ago, and was looking for a basic digital one that was priced well, because the one switch seemed a bit "off" (can;t explain it, but when you have something long enough, you get a feel for how it's SUPPOSED to function, as opposed to how it wants to function...like a car, or an appliance.
Well, let's say that we though Dale explained that I could swap it out myself, we chose to let HIM do it (my hands are AS adept as they used to be, plus, I didn't want to make ANY mistakes, and my work doesn't come with a warranty (that last one was the clincher...lol)
|Welcome to the 21st century, Bob.|
Pretty cool item - nice BIG display, and up/down control for the temp you choose, plus a heat/cool/off setting button as well as fan on/auto setting.
And, if the power goes out for a second (as it tends to do around this part of the city), the t-stat WAITS 5 minutes before restarting the A/C, so the compressor doesn't suffer a "short-cycle" (which can diminish the longevity of the compressor)...sweet.
And, it cost less than some "start-up" kit the other service people said we "needed".
Dale reminded me of myself when I was a tech...and he's only a year YOUNGER than me...(well, that explains the expertise).
I said to him that I'll bet the younger techs always come to HIM for advice...and he said he's coming to ME for that...LOL.
|I love happy endings...|
We need MORE of that in life, don;t we?
*** It's not often that I find a letter to the editor so "on target" that I have to mention it here, but we had TWO yesterday that have me believing that humankind has NOT gone off the deep end yet.
-- The first letter has to do with SOUTHGATE PLAZA and the KROGERS we have there...tells you a LOT about this area that the city never seems to want to reveal. Here's the link:
|Ignorance is never bliss down here.|
Good to know I'm NOT the only one that notices such glaring problems...that never seem to get addressed.
-- The next letter pertains to the FWCS "free meal" program, an dhow person manages to work past it.
Here's the link:
Jeanette Jaquish is a person who seems to refrain from that outstretched hand from the "gub'ment", and rather be SELF-sufficient, as well as teaching her children personal responsibility. Good for her.
I believe that FWCS lost tens of THOUSANDS of bucks with these meals when kids were dumping them in the trash. Also read about FWCS handing out some of the meals to food banks for redistribution. Now, it would seem to me (and Jeanette) that this is a terrible WASTE of resources and money.
|They can do a LOT better...and should.|
But what do I know? I only went to school for 12+ years and was held accountable for my OWN preparedness, thanks to teachers and parents that gave enough of a damn to make ME tow the line...the way it USED to be.
-- The final letter has to deal with the balance of diversity (for diversity's sake) and ability of those in the FWFD.
Here's the link:
HIS finger on the pulse of what SHOULD be going on in ANY public safety (or private sector) position.
My nephew (now a CAPTAIN in the ALEXANDRIA, VA FD) has told me as much when it comes to diversity versus ability.
And I have to agree...affirmative action is NOT the definitive answer when hiring a firefighter OR police officer.
So WHAT if the department doesn't EXACTLY "reflect the population"?
I don't give a damn about that.
|Sometimes, AVERAGE doesn't cut it.|
And THEY should feel the same way. Maybe that's why the recruits reflect THAT...instead of the population "demographics of race".
Screw THAT noise...hire the best and everyone benefits...period.
*** Last back to the outhouse today...all too often I always say that problems are not the result of THINGS, but rather PEOPLE.
Conversely, solutions TO those same problems are the result of (you guessed it) PEOPLE.
Wow, that's one simple concept, right?
But these days, some folks are causing more problems rather than finding solutions for the problems already in existence.
|NO thank you...|
(I call them a LOT of other things...few of which are able to be printed here)
Leave it to that sort of mentality that will toss the proverbial monkey-wrench into the wheels of progress...for the sake of "progressivness".
And THAT is the sort of thing we need to remain on guard against.
HAS to begin with the willingness...the active CHOICE to do so..
When choices are made FOR people, the result is never in the best interest of that person...or anyone else, for that matter.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Stay SAFE out there, America.