2S2L — Not Just For Strangers Anymore

Most of the time I think *other* people are too stupid to live (2S2L)…and then the chickens come home to roost.

I had some errands to do this morning, including a trip to the Scout Shop.  I’m an Assistant Den Leader for E, but also the (enormous) Pack’s Advancements Chair.  I go to the Scout Shop a lot.  It’s far away.  The closer one is in West Chicago and the farther one is in St. Charles.  I decided to take Jeff’s car instead of the minivan since I wasn’t hauling kids and gear…  He has an Accord, so it’s a little car.  Tread Lightly, and all that.

I was on my way later than planned, since hey, I have issues with time and the passage of it, so the day had already heated up to what most people would refer to as “beautiful weather.” I turned on the A/C because I try to tread lightly while still maintaining a comfortable core body temperature.

There was no cool air.  It almost felt…warm?  I cranked it to the highest fan and coolest air settings.  I was sweaty.  No cold air!

Jeff’s car had a broken A/C not long ago, so I figured there was another issue with it.  It was hot out and I was Miserable.

The West Chicago store didn’t have what I needed, so I had to go to St. Charles.  Hello, St. Charles.  Thank you for having a stupid festival today.  I think it was a festival for people who don’t obey traffic signals, let other drivers into traffic, or who are generally terrible pedestrians.  It was a very popular festival, which meant I was sweating in Jeff’s broken car for hours today.  I may have even forgotten something and had to turn back, thus resetting my torturous return trip time clock.

I sweated my way to a friend’s to drop off some stuff, pick up some other stuff, and blissfully made my sweaty way home.  I composed speeches to Jeff about his A/C, and what a hero I was for enduring it all.

I got home and let Jeff know all I overcame.  No. Cold. Air.  OMG the A/C was broken and I was in the car for HOURS!  It was actually blowing HOT AIR!

Jeff has no experience with this phenomena, I’m sure you can imagine.

He got the keys, went outside, came inside and laughed in my sweaty face.

Turns out you have to push the A/C “ON” button in order for the A/C to actually be on.  I think that’s garbage.  What kind of stupid system is that?

I didn’t think it was nice of Jeff to laugh.  He’s mean.

The good news is I lost 117 pounds today.


  1. janedeau said,

    October 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    You are so funny!! I had to read this out loud to my husband.

    • Kim B. said,

      October 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Too bad I didn’t have a dashboard cam so you could see me while driving. At every red light the air stopped moving. Scary stuff. 🙂

  2. Jeff said,

    October 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Cool, when did I get an Accord?!?

    • Kim B. said,

      October 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Accord, Civic…same diff. It’s black, has four wheels, a motor and people can drive it. I don’t get too hung up on labels or names, Brad.

  3. Kato said,

    October 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Darn you Accord and your extra buttons!!!!

    • Kim B. said,

      October 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Sorry, Kato. It’s a Civic. The car police informed me that it should be, “Darn you Civic and your extra buttons!!!!”

  4. shaun said,

    October 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Hee hee. These kinds of details are beneath you. Civic/Accord, On/Off. Your mind is on a higher plane.

  5. Kato said,

    October 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Darn you Honda and you’re confusing car names!!! David has a Civic too and we were informed when he bought it that it has 21 computer systems, so there must be buttons to match!

    • October 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      “We” weren’t informed of nearly enough of its charms. The A/C button isn’t even near the airflow and coldness dials… It’s centered under the radio area with the defrost.

      Later in the day we took Jeff’s Discord to the Riverwalk and then out to dinner. Of course he wanted to rub it in, so he was all “Wow, check this out!” and cranked it up on high. He was so cold he had to open the window. I think I’m part Aleut, and even I was cold.

  6. JWo said,

    October 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Too funny!! My wife and I are constantly fighting about the AC. I’m a sweater. She isn’t.

    Just today I begged her to turn on the AC in the house. It’s not sposed to be 80 when it’s October in Chicagoland.

    But, truth be told, I would have laughed at you too. hahaha…

  7. October 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I try not to suffer in my own home. Once upon a time we lived in Arizona, where tires blew out because the pavement was so hot. Jeff dug it. Me, not so much.

    I think you did just laugh at me!

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