So I bought an air conditioner
And I don’t feel bad about it.
I haven’t lived with ac or central air since 2013. Four years of sweating my ass off every summer. It was brutal. It affected my sleep. I was grumpy. I was sweating all over myself and anything/anyone unfortunate enough to come into physical contact with me.
Air conditioners cost money. And I would be damned if I was going to spend any on a luxury item like ac. I technically live in the American South, though these days it’s often referred to as the “Mid-Atlantic”. Virginia can get awfully hot in the summer and blistering cold in the winter. I live in the mountainous part of the state and mother nature frequently squeezes all four seasons into a single week when she can get away with it.
So what changed my mind? Did I give into lifestyle inflation now that I’ve paid off some debt?
My side-gig is solely responsible for this transaction. As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I’ve branched out into the gig economy, joining 60 million other Americans looking to make some extra cash. I’m loving it. Every second.
However, trying to focus on a project while feeling sweat literally rolling down my back made it impossible to concentrate.
Given how much money I’m going to potentially make this summer as a freelancer, I decided that it was in my best self-interest to bite the bullet and pick up a unit.
I was on the fence about this for a couple of days. I was bitching to a buddy who just so happens to work at Wal-Mart. He said “Bruh, we got these 5,000 BTU units for $112. Come get you one.”
I said, “Sssshhheeeiiiiitttt. Might do that.”
An hour later I was reading the manual.
So that’s the story of how I suffered through almost four whole summers without ac, the reason why I finally caved, and why I haven’t regretted this purchase for a second.
I feel pretty blessed, to be honest. In the past, I haven’t been able to justify such an expense. I needed every cent that I earned to financially keep my head above water. The cushion I’ve started building for myself over the last few months really came in handy. I can’t say enough about side-gigs and what they can do for you. In fact, I’m probably going to start writing about them.
So cheers, everyone. May the cool air wash over your brow like a craft beer soaked wash cloth. I bid you all good day.