I am not the only person in town to install and repair heating and air conditioning, but most likely the best known as my father, Randy Jones, started his HVAC company as a young man with the logo, “You Can Count on RAND 24/7 Honest and Reliable”. My mother joked it was worse than living with a doctor, as folks would call at all hours. My father never complained. As soon as I was old enough he’d take me with him to service heaters and ac units, and by the time I graduated from high school there was not much I didn’t know about the business, so it was normal that, after my father retired, I would take over. Fortunately my fiancee was understanding when I warned her about the late night calls. She realized it was important to keep the tradition of the business, and after we married I’d find her in the kitchen when I got home at odd hours, waiting with fresh brewed coffee. Sometimes you get lucky.
Early one morning I received an urgent call from the grocery store, the air conditioning wasn’t working. It was an especially torrid summer and before the sun was up I was already on the job but it was complicated and when the store opened I was still at it, half hidden under the unit. What happened next was confusing; the first two customers in the store were surprised to see a pair of legs sticking out in the aisle and ran home. One called the police, the other an ambulance, and half the town appeared for all the racket. The store owner took it in stride, as it was his best business day ever!