And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sometimes I Can't Help But Feel Superior.

I was raised to believe that humility was a virtue, that those who "toot their own horn" are compensating for something. I also have been taught not to judge others and that everyone has some value. Still, there are times when folks display such obvious symptoms of Acute Chronic Stupidity that I can't help but wonder how in the world they manage to function well enough to make it through every day life.


I arrived at work Sunday night to find that the inside of the house was several degrees warmer than the temps outside. Right away I looked at the thermostat and saw that, though it was set at 72, the temps in the house were hovering around 90 degrees.

When I asked Minnie (the staff on duty) what happened to the A/C, she began telling me about an alarm that went off in the house on Friday. Confused, I asked if the alarm had something to do with the A/C. Minnie didn't know, of course, but she assured me that the A/C must be working because there was condensation on the pipes in the basement.

Last time I checked, condensation was the result of the temps inside the pipes being cooler than the temp outside the pipe, with a little bit of humidity thrown in for good measure. Still, I didn't go to college (not that Minnie did, either) so I could be wrong.

Minnie went on to tell me that they had been really hot all weekend, but didn't know what to do about it.

At this point, I walked over and opened the only window in the house that actually has a screen, put the fan in front of it, and turned the fan on. Minnie's reaction to this little bit of genius?

"Oooooh, that feels gooooood. I never thought of that!"

Ummm, yeah.

Then I was treated to TWO HOURS of her discussing how the alarm downstairs (which turned out to be for the septic system) HAD to be the reason that the A/C wasn't working properly, and how she just KNEW that the A/C had been working because there was condensation on the pipes....oh, and there was probably condensation in the duct work and that must be stopping all the air from getting through.



Lisa said...

You mean that the sewer system and the A/C aren't connected?!?!? How is that possible??

I'm with Minnie on this one. All that condensation is blocking the cold air from getting through.

Or maybe a big turd!

I'm available to hire for home repairs, if you like.

barefoot gardener said...

*snort, giggle*

I would hire you in a minute, if it were up to me.

RuthieJ said...

OMG, don't you wonder how people like Minnie make it in the real world??
I know a couple of people like that, but fortunately don't have to work with them.