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!"
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.