Living up to the expectations

There must be something ingrained in us as a society that prevents us from listening to our youth… Every parent seems to believe their children are naïve or ignorant, just as every senior executive has doubts when a young associate in the firm has a bold corporation move in mind. The lack of trust between the old and young couldn’t be more obvious in trade skills, too! I’m speaking from experience for the most part, as I toil for a local heating, ventilation and air conditioning device service company. As an apprentice and aspiring Heating and A/C specialist, I often have to listen to the other professionals and senior workers in the facility as they rattle on about the careful balance between “safe workplace practices” and “keeping a fast pace”. For example, just the other week I was sent on a call with a far more experienced Heating and A/C device specialist to this office building downtown. We were there to inspect the system of ductwork for their Heating and A/C system, as renters were complaining of a terrible smell coming from the ducts. Immediately I suspected that some kind of vermin was once living in the ductwork, but the specialist said I shouldn’t jump to any sort of conclusions! When both of us arrived, both of us set up our ladder under one of the vents where the smell had been coming from. Initially, neither of us smelled anything in the slightest – then the building’s cooling device turned on, and I was right away overwhelmed with the intense smell of something burning or melting! I still felt it could be a dead rodent or pigeon, but again the specialist showed her doubt. The two of us decided to go check out where the air filters were placed inside the Heating and A/C device cabinet, and that’s when both of us found the actual cause – a huge pile of rodent feces, right there in the duct! No wonder the smell was so awful. The two of us promptly descended the ladder and had the office call pest control immediately. The specialist was definitely right – it wasn’t a dead creature!

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