What’s the worst that could happen? That’s a sentence I’m sure most of us have heard far too often in our lives, and it’s usually followed by a terrible mistake. I still remember being sixteen years old, and being goaded into “borrowing” my dad’s nice car for a spin while he was out of town. “Come on”, my friends said, “what’s the worst that could happen?” Well, after I ran my dad’s 1950’s antique into a telephone pole, I suddenly learned what the worst possible scenario was going to be. Even now as an adult, I’ll hear about family members risking their lives for the sake of saving money on their energy bills; Just the other day, I went to visit my sibling at his home where he was hosting a barbecue. When I arrived and went into his backyard, I saw that my sibling’s outdoor air conditioning unit was truly caked in dirt as well as leaves! I asked what had happened with the filthy air conditioning unit, and he said he’d just trimmed the tree branches and didn’t get around to cleaning up the debris. “It’s just leaves – what’s the worst that could happen?” Life can be poetically just sometimes. The outdoor air conditioner unit turned on and seemed to get louder with each hour it ran. By the end of the night, the unit began to smoke from the inside! I’ve never seen my sibling run so fast to turn off the power to his house. That’s why you’re supposed to keep the outdoor air conditioning unit clean as well as at least three feet from bushes and other obstructions – unless you prefer having your unit catch fire. I think he learned his lesson after that experience, as he had a heating and air conditioning serviceman at his home the next day to look over the damage.