I’ve been through a lot of trying times as an adult. I’ve dealt with more vehicle breakdowns than I can count on both hands, and I’ve dealt with bad break-ups that left me in bed for days at a time, unwilling to even get up and eat something before laying back down and staring at the ceiling. In spite of my experiences, there is one experience I’ve dealt with during adulthood that I have no interest in reliving ever again! That experience was when my apartment’s air conditioning system broke down on me in the dead-center of summer. Southern weather is inherently warm, but the summers here are brutal! Worst of all, the breakdown happened right when my landlord had left town for two weeks for a family vacation. The number he left me for any emergency repairs led to a disconnected landline, so I had to suffer for two weeks with no air conditioning system whatsoever! My only escape was to stay at work for as long as I could during the day, and immediately open all the windows as soon as I came home to air out my sauna of an apartment. I tried everything to create makeshift air conditioning systems for my apartment. I even placed buckets of ice from the freezer in front of oscillating fans, just to see if they would help to cool down the apartment even a little. When my landlord finally came back into town, he made up for my suffering by having an HVAC professional come and make all necessary repairs to the air conditioning system the same day. He paid emergency visit rates, just to ensure I would have air conditioning in my apartment again! Say what you will about landlords, but at least he knew what to do to earn my trust.