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New Heating & AIr Unit

I finally bit the bullet and bought a new Heating & Air Unit for my house. I had a repairman out Friday to fix the old one and he strongly suggested the purchase of a new unit. I usually have pretty strong sales resistance, but I agreed. The old unit was 13 years old and I was going to have to buy a new one in a couple of years anyway. 

I took delivery Saturday morning. I got a call from Emily, the lady I always talk to when I call the repairman. She is a very pleasant woman, and I am going to miss talking to her now that I have a HVAC that doesn't break down so much. She said the delivery men were pulling into the driveway as she spoke. I asked her how she knew that...did she have some kind of GPS?  She didn't. She was just sitting in a car in front of my house.


Apparently the whole top brass of the company came out to close the deal. She was there with her husband Joe, the owner.
They sure knew how to make me feel special.

I went out to greet them. Joe is about 80  years old, and his wife Emily is a very attractive woman in her late 50's or early 60's.
I told Emily it was nice to finally meet her in person. Joe got out of the car and shook my hand.  He noticed my PT Cruiser with admiration,and told me he had always been a Chrysler man. I told him that I was a Chrysler man, and that my father and his father before him were Chrysler Men too.

Joe said his family wasn't like that. He said his father was a Ford man, and that his brother was the owner of a GM truck. "We had a lot of fierce arguments about it" he said, "and if we weren't family some of us would be pushing up daisy."

I was enjoying this convesation immenesely. It was such a wonderful change of pace from the usual cofee shop conversation about Quentin Tarantino's merits as a director or whether or not Ayn Rand is a great big poopyhead. I felt like a cross between an anthropologist who's discovered a new tribe and a little boy getting to visit his grandpa.

Anyway, after about 4 hours it was completely installed. Having been without air conditioning since early June, it was nice to have. It was money  very well spent.


My dad is very much a "Ford man." In fact, I thought he'd disown me the day I bought a brand new Chevy Tracker. He didn't say a word, he just gave it a once over and sighed. By the time I bought my Honda, I think he just decided that he had raised me wrong.
Ya gotta love southern families. Fortunately, my family has avoided strife by having 3 generations of "Chrysler Men". Of course the downside is that all the objective evidence says that Chrysler sucks.

It makes me wish my bro and his wife had gotten genetic counseling before they had their kids.