Formerly known as "Cruzers in Korea"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Workhorses Part II - Air Conditioning

Sunday, September 5, 2010
So I had a glaring omission from my last blog post on workhorses - you know, those simple things that labor quietly in the background while drastically improving our lives.  Two words.  Air conditioning.

It was a day after I wrote about workhorses.  The whole family went to the Melting Pot.  It was the first time for the boys to do fondue.  We were smart enough to make reservations.  The inquisitive CJ asked why we still had to wait 15 minutes if we had a reservation.  Good point son.  Chalk it up to the mysteries of life, kinda like why we look at the toilet paper after we wipe our butts.  I digress.

When Carol called to make a reservation, the Melting Pot receptionist left out one important morsel of information - their air conditioner was busted and wouldn't be fixed for a couple of days.  When you're throwing down a Ben Franklin plus some of his cousins for some eats, you'd rather not dine in a pool of your own sweat.  This ain't a cool outdoor San Diego Gas Lamp district dining experience we're talking about.  This is Memphis, Tennessee where profuse sweating is the official leisure activity.

I have to say though, the food was mighty good.  Even though my face was covered in a beaded curtain of sweat balls, I did enjoy everything on the table.  What's not to like about dipping luscious meats, bread and desserts into melted cheese and chocolate?

We got the Yin & Yang mix of dark and white chocolate.  What's that saying in the south?  It was so good it'll make you wanna slap yo' momma.

Anyway, that night I was reminded of that most important of workhorses - air conditioning.  What a great invention.  We do take it for granted, don't we?  As if air conditioning is our birthright, something we're entitled to.  Millions of people around the world have no knowledge of air conditioning.  That technology has escaped them and their entire country.  For most Americans, air conditioning is just something we grumble about during the summer cause it makes our electricity bills more expensive.  Shoot, we need to show air conditioning some love!

When we drove Carol's car from St. Louis after it arrived from Korea, the air conditioning went out.  CJ and I rolled the windows down, cranked up the Van Halen and made the best of it, but it was a challenging drive.  While flying in the Persian Gulf in the middle of the summer, air conditioning in the jet was not only a great luxury, it was a necessity.  You simply could not fly without your air conditioning.  I love you AC!

Anyway, next time you enter a room and you feel the soft, cool breeze of air conditioning caressing your face, say a quick thank you to Mr. Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of the first modern air conditioning unit.  And be happy that you don't have a bead of sweat going down your butt crack.


Em and the Fam

I can't imagine eating fondue in the heat! Ugh! Great food, though, you are right! Chris took me there for our Valentine's Day one year. I LOVED it!


Eeu.. the mysteries of life. That was gross.

And yeah! Dining out in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is not cool.. it's SO COLD!!

The Cruzers

Xweing - yeah, that one was pretty gross.

Really glad San Diego restaurants have those outdoor heaters.

Em - can't wait to do fondue again minus the sweating part. Hope you guys are well.

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