Yesterday around 4 PM I sensed that it was unusually warm in the house although the A/C fan was running. I checked the thermometer near my PC desk – it registered 81°F (about 27°C), much higher than my thermostat setting. I then discovered that the condenser outdoors was not working. Since it was 95° outside (35°C) and the forecast low for the evening was 79° (26°C) I knew that I was in for a rather uncomfortable night. And it was. All the windows were open but there wasn’t the slightest breeze. The house temperature never dipped below 84° (29°C) all night. Around 1 AM I grabbed a flannel sheet from the closet and laid it on the front room rug with a pillow, turned on the overhead fan and there spent the remainder of the night.
I had a repairman in this morning and the problem was quickly diagnosed (a blown fuse) and quickly fixed.
My little ordeal got me to thinking about how most of us in the Western world are so spoiled by the blessings of our technological age and the standard of living that it provides that such a minor inconvenience as I experienced seems almost like a momentous tragedy. My God, I had to spend almost 18 hours being uncomfortably warm! I had to take two showers to relieve myself of the discomfort of having perspired! I was forced to sleep on the floor! Oh, woe is me!
I am so lucky – so blessed – that such a minor inconvenience is all I have to complain about. There must be hundreds of millions who would gladly trade places and willingly experience my suffering.