So for a couple of years now, I’d been under the impression that the air conditioning wasn’t activated by the office until the beginning of May. Since it is now May 11th and — as of noon — the temperature of our apartment had hit 85 degrees, I decided to call the leasing office. Apparently, I was not the first person to do so.
It turns out that I have — and have always had — complete control over the air conditioning. But after careful investigation, it was discovered that the previous management (the transfer took place at the end of March) had neglected to fill the outside tanks with the necessary refrigerant. The tanks are supposed to be cleaned out / refilled some time in March, yet it looks as if the previous company had made a practice of not performing the necessary maintenance until May — presumably as a means of cutting costs.
I suppose that would explain why the office staff would always get so evasive whenever I’d call to inquire about the A/C status.
It also turns out that many of the tanks had been mislabeled and improperly serviced — some showed signs of not having been cleaned out in years. Luckily, ours was an easy fix. 🙂
Just another reason I’m glad the property has changed hands. Hopefully now I won’t be receiving any more mistaken eviction notices (for failing to resign my lease almost two weeks after I HAD resigned) or cure-or-quit notices for allegedly storing bizarre, hazardous shit out on my balcony that I don’t even own.
In honor of Earth Day, which I have been informed (by my despair.com calendar) falls on next Thursday, I have decided to launch a campaign to combat global warming by way of encouraging everyone in America to turn on his/her air conditioning at the same time. The way I see it, this ought to at least cool down *part* of the globe, as it certainly works at cooling down *my* part of the globe, i.e., the interior of my house.
I have my work cut out for me. I just may have to call out sick tomorrow and get started:
Step One: Make some really cool looking graphics to post on message boards.
Step Two: Email Al Gore and ask for his endorsement.
Step Three: Crank up the AC and stop global warming in its tracks!!!!!!!!
On another note, I was thinking that the polar ice caps melting may not necessarily be such a bad thing. In fact, *intentionally* melting them may actually help with my mission of ending global warming by next Thursday. Think about it: when you add ice cubes to a warm (or room temperature) beverage and then chug it right away, the drink doesn’t really have a chance to cool down. It’s not until the ice begins melting that you can savor a refreshing iced beverage. Wouldn’t the same physics apply on a global scale? I think we should give it a shot. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? Maybe we’d lose California. Maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Maybe we could evacuate Anthony Kiedis before it happened. Maybe he could come live with me…