Wouldn’t You Know- It Worked Out Great

As it turns out, the Great Air-Conditioning Crisis was mercifully short.  It turned out that the Condenser (the rooftop part) was indeed fried- the controls/compressor had been mortally damaged by the power brownout.  With the heat wave (today’s high temp- 103; tomorrow- forecast of 103.  !!!) fixing it FAST was imperative.

Air Conditioner (old)

But— they were able to replace it in ONE DAY!!!!  We didn’t even have to wait until tomorrow!!  The A/C repair guy came out early in the morning, looked at it, determined the problem, — and was able to get us both a new rooftop unit (condenser) and inside-the-house unit (coil/air handler) — the same day!!!  As you may be able to tell, I was mightily impressed.  That is the best customer service I’ve experienced in quite some time.  I did have to take the day off from work, but it was only one day, not more like I’d been dreading.Air Conditioner (new)

The upshot is, we have better, and MUCH quieter, air conditioning- the air now feels drier than before, and you can hear the TV just fine when it’s running.  It makes sense, the old one was 19 years old.  This one should work better, and be much more energy efficient.  Hopefully we’ll be paying less than the normal $300/month summer electric bills. Now, even with 103 degree heat outside, it keeps the house cool- much better, the old one could only keep it at about 81 in the really hot weather.  All in all, a GOOD trade.  And- it looks like the homeowner’s insurance will be paying for most of it.  WOW!!

Breitling Envy, or Circular Logic

Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a new watch.  The problem with that is, I think of this:

 

Breitling Navitimer WorldWhich is a very nice watch.  So nice, the price has 5 digits before the decimal.  Making it (in my book) a VERY expensive watch. Which means I probably shouldn’t/couldn’t buy it.  Which makes me sad, which makes me think about . . . a new watch.

 

Le Taxes- She Ees Done

(How do you type with a French accent?) Anyway, the taxes are in, both state and federal have been accepted electronically. None of that paper stuff for me. I actually have not printed a single page during this year’s filing-fest, which is a first. I will print out a final copy for disaster recovery purposes (in case all the hard drives it’s stored on have died), but other than that no trees were killed. I’m getting greener the older I get . . . <insert joke about algae here>.  Now all I have to look forward to is the big fat check from Uncle Sam, I’m getting much more than usual this year. Not sure what I can spend it on yet, I’ll have to do some creative thinking. As luck would have it, over the last few months I’ve bought a couple of things that would have made perfect ‘blow the tax refund’ items*. I’ll have to think of something new- at the moment, I’m thinking maybe invest it somehow, but that’s pretty boring.

* A Windows tablet, primarily- that was in lieu of a laptop, so it was justified as being less expensive.