Thursday, July 11, 2019

Passing The Mantle



A curious thing happened this Morning, the Air Conditioner that had gone on the fritz Yesterday and caused almost 90 degree sweltering heat Upstairs, suddenly cooled everything down to Normal by this Morning!  WTF?!?  I already paid for the Work Order and have a Senior Technician coming out this Afternoon. The Home Warranty People are sending someone more Experienced to check out the continuing problems with the Unit, since this is the 3rd Call and Work Order in less than 3 Months.  So, at least until he gets here, it's comfortable up there again for Princess T and the Tropical Fish.  I'm keeping The Hamster Brothers in the Guest Bedroom 'til I get an All Clear on the Unit being reliable again tho'.  Curious, because the last 2 times it went out, it never recovered on it's own like this, so it was a complete Surprise to find it was working again this Morning!  But it's cooler in the Mornings, so perhaps it's getting ready to just crap out completely and isn't quite there yet?!?  Who knows... Hopefully that new more Experienced Tech they send out?!? 




The Albatross that Villa Boheme' has become is disappointing of coarse, after sacrificing everything to move here. Unloading it eventually, when we can afford to move and buy something else more affordable and not so much of a Money Pit, is a lofty Goal I've set.  Once Princess T is raised and moves out, when it's just The Man and I, then I don't have to consider School Districts and Recreational area options either.  She's not doing well in School here, but it's a safe area to raise a Family, low crime and no urban issues a Teen could gravitate to.  She has some decent Friends and her Social Circle now, for a Teen that's Huge!   Having a Teen go haywire and down 10 miles of Bad Road would not be a scenario I want to revisit at an even more advanced and vulnerable Age.  If you've ever already raised a Prodigal Child, you totally understand that particular set of challenges.  Affordability of Housing can't be your only priority when raising a Family, there are so many factors worth Sacrificial outlay when Parenting Children and providing them a Home.




The Experienced Rep just arrived and I'm Hopeful it will be good News with zero additional outlay that the Home Warranty doesn't cover the expense of?!?  It's mid Month so at least I'm not as broke as I'd be by end of Month, but it puts an incredible strain on the tight budget to have anything 'Extra' play out that costs a lot.  Being Average folks, like most people are, we don't have stashes of Cash and liquidity for major Financial crisis.   I used to Pride myself in my frugality and ability to live well below our means all of my Adult Life, 'til the move here, now it's a whole other Ball Game.   I guess this is how most people choose to live... chasing and Living The Dream that costs them everything they have, it's just not MY Style or preferred Lifestyle, I'm not comfortable with it.  Perhaps over 13 Years of running Collections, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Departments for Major Financial Institutions developed my own strategy of NOT Living Large by Choice?  I know what CAN happen, even to the best of people, when you're maxed out or overextended, so I prefer not to be.  And yet here I am, not so much by Choice but by Circumstance, which is no consolation.




I'm a notorious Number Cruncher, I do it automatically in my Head constantly... it sometimes drives The Man Crazy that I'm so calculating and attuned when it comes to Finances.   But I can't help myself, it's my Comfort Zone and I don't like to stray far from it, even when pressed to by Circumstances.  I think the alternative to that is rather financially reckless and Living by Chance, which would drive me Crazy to have to Live that way.   Many people do Live that way, I Debt Counseled and Foreclosed upon literally Thousands of them over the course of my Banking Career, it's risky Living IMO.  I'm not that much of a Risk taker, I'm not one to Gamble with important things in my Life.  If I do take a Risk it's definitely a Calculated one where my due diligence was probably rather on the Obsessive side.  *LOL*  My Priorities are typically set in Stone tho' and staid... People first... then Money... then Things.   A Home, Vehicle, trappings of Life being Things, they're of the lowest priority to me, so they can be a huge compromise for me... doing without or with less than doesn't bother me.





I'm the Gal that lived in The Hood Happily, in my substandard Old Historic Home I Loved, in a Community I Liked the people of and had a deep Connection to, driving paid off Older Model Vehicles... no Need to Impress anyone with Things and doing The Jones Thing.   I see a LOT of The Jones Thing around here, clearly it's a very High Priority for the majority in this kind of Community.  Appearances being everything to some, if that's their Comfort Zone and Standard, well, knock yourself out maintaining it, I'd rather not, I'd rather be Happy and have financial Security.   Giving that Appearance of a Standard set by The Adoption Board was just my means to a desired End.  We attained that, now I just want to move on in our Style and Standard, not someone else's dictated one.   And perhaps for some people, Living Large is easy and effortless, because they are wealthy and have Cash to throw around indiscriminately and self-indulgently, we're not those folks, I have no delusions about the Lane I travel thru Life in.  




But Today, I'm Coping better than the last few Days, physically not so much since the Stress has it's physical strains, but Emotionally and Mentally, I've come back to Center more and maintained necessary Calm and Composure.  See, not even an F-Bomb in this Post!  *Winks, sorry-not sorry about previous profanity, sometimes a well placed F-Bomb is like a Good Medicine and ya just gotta let it rip and fly out!  LOL*  If you're a Clutching Your Pearls Type, probably my Blog might offend you even on a Good Day, on a Bad Day you might best refrain from doing anything but just looking at the Pretty Pictures!  *Smiles*   And it's Okay, being easily offended is something some folks can't seem to help anymore than some folks can't seem to help in causing an unintentional offense.   As my Dear Old Dad always Wisely said, different things excite different people.  True that!  My Blog Friends seem to be very Forgiving of my Eccentricities, Quirks and Outlier tendencies, perhaps that's even Why they come?  *LOL*




Good News, the Experienced Tech found The Leak... it was in a Coil in the Attic, some Freon has thus leaked out again, but he's putting in an Order for Coil Replacement, which should be covered... tho' I'm certain I'll still have to replace the Freon again out of pocket?  There should be a shitload of leaked Freon all over that Attic by now... how Toxic is that stuff anyway environmentally speaking?!  But I am going to dispute the Service Call Fee, since either of the other Two Reps they sent out SHOULD HAVE had the Experience to locate that major Leak and replace the faulty part to avoid THREE Service Calls and related out of pocket Expenses from being necessary. 





 I'm relieved the problem has at least been properly identified this time around!   And the Freon sucking Monster can be resolved and laid to rest!   I can't hold up with the Dealing of the same problem Month after Month and throwing Money I really don't have to waste down the drain perpetually in Repairs that don't Fix what's Wrong.  And having Toxic stuff leaking out all into our Home!   Experience and Expertise, The Man and I were discussing how lacking that also is in so many areas of Commerce nowadays... Experience and Expertise not being Valued as much as it used to be.  Seems now Companies Value just saving Money more, even if it means hiring mostly a work force not competent or Experienced enough and with fewer Mentors retained.  So that those up and coming Employees gain the benefit of the Mantle passed down by Sage Employees.




In my Corporate Lives I owed my rapid rise to Executive Levels due to those Experienced Mentors I had, close to Retirement and with enormous Expertise, who passed the Mantle to me and taught me everything they knew.  What they poured into me and Invested themselves in as their Young Prodigy was Priceless.  They saw in me things I didn't even recognize in myself and took me under their Wing, helping to cultivate Contacts and show me the Ropes.  It was an Education not to be bought in any College, no matter how prestigious.  There are Real Life scenarios that can't be Book Taught nor Lecture Taught, not everything is a Text Book Case, a good Mentor teaches you those things only Experience and Instinct honed can afford you.  I Paid it forward before each of my Retirements with Investing in some Young People I knew had the Goods to aspire to Greatness in their Field.  It's important to pass the Mantle and not Waste the vast Experience and Expertise, but when Employers rid themselves of the Old Timers to save a Buck, they obliterate that Valuable Asset the Elders provide.  All that knowledge and Wisdom just dies with the Carrier of it if not passed along to future Generations and Valued for the Priceless Gift, often Freely given, that it can be.



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Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

8 comments:

  1. So glad, an expert actually showed up---they should eat some of those costs...for sure. Take a deep breath and enjoy, the momentary equilibrium that will surely Tilt-Out sooner or later!

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    1. Ha ha ha, that last part is so True, isn't it? How equilibrium shifts are the constant... so we must remember to Enjoy the momentary stability and Positives! I am going to challenge The Home Warranty with eating some of the needless out of pocket expenses we were burdened with due to them sending out inept Techs the first two times. I would respect the less experienced Techs more if they just admit when any problem is beyond their level of expertise and call in the Big Guns to get a Sage opinion... hardly any company does that anymore, send in the Experts, until there is a complaint and huge problem with the customer getting inferior Service.

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  2. What a nightmare this has been for you. Thankfully there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

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    1. Amen, wouldn't it just be nice to get the superior Service the first time?! I know every Tech cannot be experienced like the expert ones, but just call in for Help if it's above your pay grade... that would be better customer service, Honesty and less inclination to give inferior Service until there is an unhappy Customer!

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  3. I never knew about the joys of a/c units until we bought our house in AZ. Boy can they be expensive. Last time we were over we had it all replaced and renewed. I just hope it lasts for a few years now!

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    1. Indeed, it is vital in AZ to have AC, especially when it's up to 118 in July! *Winks* I hope the replacement part comes in soon, during the Afternoon it just can't cool Upstairs down enough so it's only comfortable in the wee hours of the Morning. Thus, I still have Hamsters in the Guest Bedroom Downstairs and they're having little tantrums in their cramped temporary habitats! *LOL*

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  4. Our a/c went on the fritz last weekend, too. Horrifying experience. It made me ponder my own humanity.

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    1. Ah yes, why do you suppose we have so many Road Rage incidents in AZ? Humanity is seriously tested when we get overheated! Thankfully, we don't HAVE to go Upstairs and have more than one Unit to cool this place, so Downstairs is sufficiently Cool... which is handy since it was 118 the other day!

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