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"Air conditioning! Air conditioning!"
So the AC in my car went out last week, and it was—unpleasant. After a couple of days I got motivated and took the car in to be repaired, and after I picked it up yesterday—a couple of thousand dollars closer to poverty—I reflected on what a fucking good thing air conditioning is. When I moved to Texas in 1978 I drove a 75 Chevy Custom Deluxe pickup—a much-beloved vehicle, nicknamed “The Beast,” that had no air conditioning!
What the hell was up with that?
And the first place I lived—a beat up single-wide trailer out by the air force base—also lacked air conditioning!
I lived there through the summer of 1979! How did I even survive?
I guess I was just young and drunk and stupid and sweaty.
An additional reason to have AC in 2023 is if the stupid grid goes out. Right—if I lose power, I can go sit in my car for a bit and maybe not die immediately. So at least that’s some reassurance or something….
Outside, the heat hit him like a hammer—the concrete of the sidewalk, the asphalt of the pothole-riddled street, all seemed to bubble and simmer and shimmer under the white heat of the sun. After a moment, even Wes felt like he was shimmering, though he wasn’t sure if it was from the heat or from the beer he’d downed. He was sure, though, that it was unpleasant.