The summer heat has been brutal, even by Albanian standards it is hotter than normal for July. I have a wonderful A/C-heater unit that works very well, I purchased it jointly with my landlord almost two years ago.
Three days ago...in the evening, small ice chips started flying out from my A/C unit. I turned the unit off thinking I had it running too cold...I keep it on about 80 degrees because electricity is crazy expensive here. The next evening, the same thing happened, only the pieces of ice were much bigger. I spoke with my pastor, Tom Grimes, and he had never heard of anything like that before. I am pretty sure he wondered what was really going on in my apartment..???
Another friend told me that they had their A/C unit worked on yesterday, using a man from one of the local churches. This afternoon the A/C repairman and his two sons came to look at my A/C.
Enter my landlady...! (and more drama than was needed)
She was not happy that I called this man to look at "our" A/C unit. Finally she gave in and left us alone. The filters were rinsed off in my bathtub, put back into place and that was it. The A/C guy looked over everything else, gave me some tips for best results with this type of A/C...and I paid him $10.
If you hear someone laughing really loudly...that would be my landlady...she started laughing when she found out that I paid this man $10. He was here for about 35 minutes...he did a service for me, taught me how to clean my own filters, and I learned something new...in my mind $10 was a bargain. How much is a service call in the US...even if they don't fix anything...???
I guess the $10 was worth hearing my landlady laugh...she and her husband have been really stressed out lately.
Yes, life in Albania still makes me laugh...! ;-)