Saturday, July 07, 2012

The Honey-Do List

When we come home, we usually have tons of little errands to run and things to take care of. Ed always seems to be the one with the biggest list of things to do. One of the first tasks he tackled, before our company came, was to install a new toilet seat. The hinges on the old one broke. How does that even happen?
Then, this weekend, he put a new air conditioner in. The old one just wasn't spittin' out cold enough air. When we found the manual and receipt for it, we saw that it was purchase in 1999 when my brother installed it! Yep, it was time. He also had to add a hardware store trip to his errands list, to have a new piece of glass cut for the window since the old glass didn't survive the removal of the old unit.
As you can see, he's been kinda addition to these two jobs, he had a valve adjustment on the truck, got rid of our old radiator at the scrap yard, made room for the spare tire in the shed, photographed items he wants to sell on Ebay, created listings to sell those items on Ebay, boxed said items to ready them for the UPS guy, installed a sensor light outside, and fixed my mother's computer. Next up is his tanker endorsement test, doing something with the grease lines on the truck and trailer (I have no idea what), and figuring out the damn bike rack situation for the truck.

We'll all have a little break today (well, not me since I'm cooking) because we're having my brother and his family over tonight for my nephew's birthday dinner - my nephew requested what he calls my "
lemon chicken" - I don't know who's more excited about that meal, him or me!

So don't worry about Ed - he's getting plenty of relaxing in and I've been feeding him well - he should have plenty of energy to finish the rest of the items on his honey-do list before we hit the road again next week.

In the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy the down time.


Gil said...

I really know nothing about desert living as I just figured houses all had central air.

The Daily Rant said...

Gil: We have central A/C in the house now, but this room only has one vent and it gets a lot of sun, so it's still very hot.

But we've only had central a/c for four years now - before that, we had what they call "swamp cooling". Most of the older homes in Arizona use it.

It's an evaporative cooler on the roof. It' a square unit with pads on each side, water soaks the pads and then air blows through them, creating a coolness through the air vents in the house. It works best when it's dry and barely at all if there's any humidity. We've used that for 27 years.

But as you read in the post, this one room has had an air conditioner for 13 years. It's really the only way to get relief from the really hot days. Humidity or no humitdity, hot is friggin' HOT!

Ed said...

The desert is just like it looks in movies. It is hot and dry. It is filled with lizards, snakes, coyotes, javelinas, bobcats, mountain lions, scorpions, bees, and spiders. If you venture out in the noon sun you will be dehydrated and out of breath in about 30 minutes. And that is if you are in good shape. It is just plain deadly. I have trained with the Marines in the desert for about 5 years and I will tell you that it is one of the most deadly environments for humans on the planet. So they put a large city in the middle of it. Go figure. Without water Tucson, Phoenix, and Las Vegas would be gone in a matter of a week.

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