Quiet in Summer

Summer is…quiet. Most of the extremes are, if you stop to think about it. You’ve got that sweet spot in the middle, from mild weather to hot weather, where people spend time outside. Then if it snows, that absorbs the sound to make everything muffled. And if it’s super hot, so much so that people stay indoors under the air con, then that makes it quiet outside as well.

Of course, everyone has efficient air conditioning in Brisbane, so on a 40-degree day when the humidity is through the roof, everyone flops down inside, or stays hunkered in their cool offices. I suppose I have air con to thank in those circumstances, because I both love to be alone and also don’t mind heat. At all. I mean, I’m not a mutant, or a camel; I can’t trek through the desert with nothing to sustain me or anything stupid like that. But I can walk around in the sun for a bit and it doesn’t bother me. Even if it’s humid to a stupid degree I don’t mind sitting on a bench in the shade.

I guess this is counterbalanced by me hating the cold like it’s a plague, so if I ever DID get an office job instead of being able to do my work outside, I’d come in every day wrapped in scarves and gloves. Like, you don’t even know…people in Brisbane crank their air con up so high it’s like they’re trying to create a white Christmas, inside. Last year I had to make regular trips to the sauna that was the back laundry to survive the family Christmas without contracting hypothermia (which is how you get hypothermia in the first place, so…).

But the outside is mine. I’m ALL for getting the best air conditioning repair Brisbane has to offer. They’ve been doing their thing for a good while longer. Bring on global warming, all of that. I can take it. The air conditioner is up to the challenge.

A Smaller Garage

I know Christmas is well and truly over when the Over-Botch Christmas Update vanishes. Never mind the shops taking all the decorations down, or anything as mundane as that. No, it’s all about the Over-Botch. Everything going on sale, all the leftovers disappearing from the fridge? Nope…it’s virtual Melbourne going back to normal that truly makes me feel sad.

It was a great update this year as well. All the homes turned into gingerbread (although you could disable that manually if you wanted to be a grouchy grinch) and all the cars became reindeer-shaped. I noticed that immediately, since I run a little mechanic in Bendigo and suddenly there were reindeer, everywhere. This is practice for when someday I’ll own a REAL mechanic garage in Bendigo, which is going to be pretty great if I can get the experience. Doesn’t sound like a lofty dream, but dreams don’t have to be lofty. I just want a nice little garage, near where I live, and a steady stream of business from local customers who trust my car expertise. That’s the kind of community I had when I was growing up, and while it’s kind of naive to expect that those still exist, I’d like to think they’ll make a comeback.

And yeah, here’s me saying this while playing a MMORPG for hours each day. Irony, right? Well…at least I’m doing something worthwhile with my time, I like to think. And at some point, I’l feel I’m ready to fix cars in real life. And then I’ll have a REAL car service near Bendigo, and not one that had to be added in a patch because initially it was just Melbourne and Bendigo wasn’t included. That’s how I got so much business, though. I was waiting for the area to be opened, and then I jumped on it. See, that’s business acumen.



Cool Repairs, Mandy

I’m not that cool, especially since I had kids and started to slowly take on all the positive and negative traits that I saw in my own Mum when I was growing up. But I suppose I am pretty cool since the TV room is air conditioned. And it’s all been cooling stations and grids on Week of Our Lives, as Realsville has been hit by a sudden spate of extreme summer weather. Personally, I thought they were gearing up for a mandatory beach episode- they have one every year- but they must be combining it with the Christmas special, because this week it was all about Mandy and her training with evaporative cooling services. Canberra has never appeared on the show before, because they can’t really afford to film there I guess, but now we saw Mandy’s high-flying life interning at the Canberra Cooling Authority, the office that sits right next to Parliament House and controls all the cooling and air conditioning services in Canberra (although also, the rest of the country).

Now Mandy is back, and she’s  exhausted from all these people asking her to come and look at their air con units and fix them to “How they do things up in Canberra town?”

Mandy finally snapped and said that she’d look at the Weiss family’s cooling unit tomorrow, but she’s been away and doesn’t know that the Weiss family are secretly cannibals, and they all play their trombones far too loud on school nights. Now they feel slighted, and they are planning a trombone reckoning on Mandy’s home until she agrees to come and fix their air con unit. Except THEY don’t know that while she was learning the secrets of air conditioning repairs, she secretly took lessons in cool-jitsu, the martial art taught only to air conditioning professionals to defend themselves from angry, hot and bothered clients who become rowdy.

A reckoning is coming…but to whom?