I am usually a cheerful, friendly and agreeable person. However, when the AC unit in my portable goes out, and the repair guys come out and give me some nonsense about how it's my fault because I don't have a mobile or something hanging from the ceiling to move and keep the unit on (which is complete and total nonsense), I get cranky.
So cranky that I might have gotten a bit snippy. Because, you see, Daddy Bird was a pretty freaking good handyman and I know a thing or two about how things work. And I know that these two repair guys were feeding me a load of manure.
Repair Guy One tells me "The problem is the AC goes off because there isn't enough movement here. You need to hang a mobile or something that will move around and it won't go off."
"So you're saying there has to be movement in the room? You do realize this is an ISS classroom? That the kids sit and do their work and aren't jumping around?"
"And how come it worked fine last year without a mobile? And I could leave for the weekend and come back and it was at the correct temperature and no one was in here moving around then. And how come it's set at 72 degrees and it's 87 in the portable?"
"Well if you moved around more," Repair Guy Two attempts.
"Really? That's your best answer? It's blowing out HOT air," I snipped.
"Well, a mobile would help," Repair Guy One insists.
At this point I realized that I'd have better luck talking with my shoes, so I stomped in to see Coach Cool and informed him of what they said. His response? "That's nonsense."
So another work order was issued, because it was 87 degrees in there, and the repair guys apparently snuck out and around the building, hoping to bypass Our Amazing Secretary who was going to make damn certain sure that an administrator was around when they worked on my AC unit. (I have lost track of how many times they've been out - they were out twice on Monday, however, and kept insisting they'd fixed it. Our Amazing Secretary told them "No you haven't, get out there and get it done!", hence their fear of her.)
So today, I went out at lunch (my kids and I were in a temporary room inside the building which was damned inconvenient) and I noticed that the back door was ajar, and I walked up and felt cool air. Someone was about. I went inside, notified Coach Cool, and he radioed the Lead Custodian and the Enforcer that we needed someone out there to make sure they were actually fixing the damn thing and not going on and on about some stupid mobile.
At 2:30 it was 72 degrees.
So, I'm not holding my breath - yet - but let's hope that they finally got tired of coming out and actually did their JOB and fixed the damn thing.
We shall see tomorrow morning.