Remember how I was complaining about the rain? Well, the weather has finally turned for the better. In fact, it is downright PEACHY here. High 70's, light breeze, not a cloud in sight. It's a perfect early summer in Northern California.
It's also just warm enough inside for me to want to turn on the air conditioning before taking a nap. Which is exactly what I did a few days ago.
And? Nothing happened.
I told Dave about it and he said he'd take a look at it and then, neither of us having been inside in the late afternoon, we both forgot about it. Until today. When I woke up from my nap in a pool of sweat, bolted upright in bed (well "bolting upright" at this point involves 30 seconds of grunting and moaning, but you get the idea) and realized
WE DON'T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING.
As in - NONE. No A/C. Sure, the THERMOSTAT has a cooling button and a cooling program and a way to set the temperature, and you can flip the A/C switch and it SAYS in fancy digital letters that it's turning on, but nothing turns on. BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO TURN ON. It dawned on me that I've never once noticed a big humming box sitting next to or in back of ANY of these apartments.
I AM GOING TO DIE.
And before you go telling me what a pansy ass I am, just STOP. We used to live in Davis (near Sacramento), for god's sake, I KNOW what heat is. I also know how much it sucks. It's why we moved back toward the coast and now pay double the rent. Hot places can suck it. They aren't for us.
But that's not the problem. The bay area generally isn't even hot enough that having A/C is necessary. I'm a big girl, I can open a window, strategically arrange some electric fans and be perfectly comfortable.
Oh. Except I can't.
In spite of paying an enormous chunk of rent, we live a stone's throw from highway 101. And when I say "stone's throw", I don't mean it in the figurative sense. I mean I could LITERALLY pick up a rock and chuck it at rambling Wal-Mart truck. It would require some damn good aim and a pretty rockin' arm, but STILL. Stone's. Throw.
To top it all off, we're on the ground floor. I would never open the windows in the kids' room and leave them in there for a nap. Anyone could walk by and TAKE THEM. And even if we figured out a way to make it safe to leave the window open AND my child(ren) could sleep through the traffic noise, the sun just bakes that side of the apartment during the afternoon. Oh! And there are no windows on the other side of the apartment, just a sliding glass door that I would never leave open if I wasn't sitting right next to it.
So, yeah. I'm basically stuck in a two bedroom apartment all summer with two small children, no air conditioning and no ventilation whatsoever. Fun!