I properly begin today's rant here's a little tidbit I just
learned from the Rachel Maddow Show:
Republicans in opposition to the Obama health care plan often
refer to a resource
called "The Lewin Group" for their information. They refer to the firm
as "non-partisan" and "independent".
The Lewin Group is, in reality, run by a company called Eugenix, which is itself
owned by The United Health Group, one of the nation's largest insurers. This
is the same company that recently paid a $400 million
dollar fine for screwing consumers.
United Health Group presumably also dabbles in sheep's clothing.
something you ought to know about central air-conditioning
systems... they suck moisture out of the air, thus making
the air drier
more comfortable. But this collected water has to go
somewhere, so a
drainage tube directs the water either outside onto the
ground or directly into your sewer system.
But what if the drainage system gets clogged by years of
accumulated schmutz, rust and dead june bugs? Then, my friend,
you got trouble.
Such was the unhappy situation I faced Saturday night at
Beloved Girlfriends house, prior to settling-in with the
director's-cut of "Watchmen".
made one last foray into the kitchen for provisions necessary
to last us the ensuing three hours when we noticed the cat
something on the kitchen counter.
Then we noticed the counters were wet. Then we noticed the
ceiling bulging ominously.
It seems that the air-conditioning
house is situated on the second floor of her abode, right
over the kitchen. And all that water, and there was much
of it, had at that moment begun to cascade over the evaporation
pans, infiltrating the flaws in the wallboard
and generally ruining our evening... not to mention a newly
With the aid of a high-pressure air tank, which I usually
reserve for air-brushing, plus a handy wet-dry vacuum
we spent the
two hours successfully blowing-out and de-gunking the drainage
system and all areas related to it. It would have taken a
been designed to actually allow easy access to human hands
but the process was much more like performing your own root
canal... in mittens.
hope that the engineer who designed this AC unit,
architect who so thougtfully crammed the A/C in the all-but-inaccessible
closet, spend the next eternity sucking each other's schmutz.