July 11 2010
So anyway, I wrote about how last week during the heat wave my decade old air conditioner finally died. And I ordered up a new one online.
This one here:
Seems like a good dealio ($229 with the 10,000 btu whatever that is) and I got free shipping on it too! It arrived the other day and I lugged it up the stairs by myself like macho style! I realized its arrival was forcing me to make a decision about actually shoving my old A/C out the window… or not. If I was going full shove I’d have to prep and move the Vespa etc. Get the cameras ready for the smashdown and safety googles etc. It was gonna be a hassle…
Anyway, I walk up to my sad broken A/C (now dented up by my attempts to fix it with a hammer) and go to turn it on one last time. Since it broke I’ve been in half-denial about it being ‘seriously’ broken. Now and then I’ve been pushing the on button and expecting the compressor to make the deep hum power noise. But it never did. No once. Only straight hot-air fan. I tested it a dozen times over the past few days. It was broken. But this official last time I pushed ON… and ON it went! Full blast! Cold! I was like, ‘WTF!’ You’re… alive?!!’ It hummed happily like it was brand new…
I looked across the room at my brand new A/C sitting there sparkly new and was like f–kin A! Obviously, I’m not shoving my old A/C out the window now. That would be like appliance murder! And this A/C and me have been through alot together too. We’ve been in three apartments and it’s always done right by me. It would be a betrayal. I guess the old guy just couldn’t deal with the triple digit temperatures last week– or it panicked when it saw the new replacement A/C in my hallway and got its act together. It’s been working all weekend!
So I feel like I should let my old A/C live its life out in my window– at least thru the summer. I mean it’s apparently working–
I checked into returning the new one and it’ll cost me $40+ to ship back AND I know if I actually do ship it back– my old A/C will konk out again right away. Then I’ll be triple lindy pissed! So I’m open to the idea of holding onto this new A/C for now. But I don’t really have storage for a big new boxed up A/C in my apartment! I guess I could sell it on Craigslist– but could I really get full price for it? If I’m gonna take a loss I might as well ship it back.
I dunno. All this twisty brain thinking is making me sleepy. So for now I’ll keep things as is (it’s the easiest solution) although it feels weird to have a brand big new appliance like hanging out in here boxed up never used. Makes me feel like a petty criminal or something. Like I have new DVD players, flatscreens, and a 1/2 lb of weed in the other room– and I’m only holding onto the A/C until I grift it. Or whatever the crook terminology is…
PS. Why do appliance boxes always look like they fell off a truck?