for what i am Least/most gratefuL this week


Yep. You’re looking at it.

It’s small, but it normally does the job for our small house, especially our living room — after all, size isn’t everything (ba da bump). That is the part for which I’m most grateful: that it normally does a yeoman’s job.

And for most of this week, it’s been a good little monkey — up until yesterday when it didn’t perform its tricks like it was supposed to do.

I came home from work at the Book Borrowing Factory last night, where we have units 2 million times the size of the one pictured above (although again size isn’t everything), and walked into the house to tell the wife she needed to turn on the air conditioning. She said it was on…and when I looked, lo and behold, it was. The temperature on the machine read 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Hmmm. Sure could have fooled me, because I felt like I had stepped into a sauna.

The Wife then suggested a plan with which I could wholeheartedly agree. We would go to Pizza Hut for dinner so we (meaning she) didn’t have to cook anything, then we would go hang out at the ambulance building where she was on call last night (from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) until 7 p.m. when she would grant me leave to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at the local movie establishment. That way, we both wouldn’t have to be in the hothouse (sans flowers) for most of the night.

And so we did…I got to go see the best movie I’ve seen this year and one of the few I’ll probably see in a theater (and will see again with my wife when she has the opportunity to go). She? She got to remain in a/c also for most of the night too, although mostly in the back of an ambulance on two back-to-back transfers to the same hospital…meaning she didn’t get home until about 6 a.m. this morning.

Don’t feel too bad for her, though. She’s a volunteer, but she gets paid a little for those trips so it’s not all bad. We might even can spring to see Harry Potter a few more times this summer and maybe even throw in a few buckets of popcorn with the money she earned — in sweet, sweet air conditioned bliss.


Each Friday, I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past week? This week, because of the heat wave, and because I didn’t want to go back into the mancave where our desktop computer is to write this, I’m posting it on Saturday. I’m leaving now, getting ready to head to the Book Borrowing Factory again…oooh, oooh, to the sweet, sweet air conditioning. Oh, yeah, baby. AC. I loves it, I needs it, I wants it.

So for what are you least grateful and most grateful this past week?

Rock on.

5 responses to “AC/AC

  1. Not having A/C in that weather would drive me to move. We don’t have A/C but we usually are fine without (it’s about 60 here this morning). I can’t stand heat.

  2. Sansangnim Joe

    I see your problem already …

    Your air conditioner is a “Goldstar” …

    … which likely means it was made by the Lucky Goldstar Chaebol, before they rebranded into LG Corp. with their million-dollar, cranberry-colored, smiley-face logo.

    These are the same fine folks that make cellphones, TVs, and run the “7-star” casino-brand in Asia. They also built our apartment complex here in Korea under the name LG Lucky Apartments.

    Through their subsidiary distributors such as Orion Cookies, they purvey imitation 7-Up under the name “Chilsung Cider” (which incidentally means “7-star soft drink”).

    You’re just lucky they don’t make motorbikes AND toilets like Daelim Chaebol does.

    Here’s what you do. You slap it upside the control-panel and swear at it in Korean. “Otokay! Saysekkiya, sheebal … Jeenja!” which roughly translates “OMG!1!! You a**hole, mutherfff—r, Geez, you really are annoying!”

    On the other hand, you could try the reasonable solution and remove any ice from the thermal detector attached to the AC thermostat. Take off the front cover and check under the filter for a metal wand that runs back toward the compressor unit.

    As long as your compressor hasn’t burnt out, you’ll be back in no time.

    Sometimes, however, Korean appliances need to be slapped around a little. They teach all appliances how to deal with customer abuse in intensive “hagwan” training schools back here in the motherland.

    They do this with their kids, too.

    And here ends the tale.

  3. Hip, Hip, Hooray for A/C and Harry Potter! We saw it this afternoon. It was worth the extra money to see it in IMAX in 3D.

  4. I would NOT be alive today, if it weren’t for people like your wife.

    And, HOORAY for air-conditioning!

  5. Our AC has been on life support for years. It’s not brain dead yet and can still breathe on its own. I hold its hand and speak to it every day.

    My 22-year old son has been taking EMT courses. He took the test and we’re waiting to hear if he passed.

    Definitely least grateful for the heat and soggy clothing. I’m thinking of starting a line of sponge apparel.