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I’m thinking that I would rather be an HVAC technician than go to college

I didn’t mind learning English, reading and math because they were something I would be using throughout my entire life. I thought that history was kind of cool because I learned about things that happened in the past. I could not get into the sciences. Biology was painful to get through. Who cared about what the names of the body parts were. Unless you wanted to be a doctor, knowing the heart, lungs, and other simple names was okay. I didn’t want to know the actual working of the thymus gland. I was bored to tears listening to that in school. When I had to go home and study, there was no way I could remember all of those terms. My mind would wander and I couldn’t think. If I didn’t have air conditioning to keep me from falling asleep, I would have done worse than fail those classes. I have my music on and the thermostat is set to a cool temperature. I like my air conditioning and I think that whatever class I was taking would be failed, if I didn’t have the air conditioning when I was studying. The only thing that keeps me motivated enough to continue studying, is my parents. I think I would be killed if I didn’t get good grades so I can go on to college. I’m thinking that I would rather be an HVAC technician than go to college. I guess I need to have good grades to graduate so I can even go to HVAC school. So now I need to learn all of these weird words that go with biology.

 

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I had a smart grandfather

My grandfather was one of the smartest men I have ever known. When I was younger, I used to think that he knew everything there was to know about everything. He taught us all the importance of eating healthy. I hated healthy food but he told me that if we ate healthy food all of the time, we would learn to like it. He taught us the importance of taking vitamins and even to this day, I take my vitamins regularly. I remember how he would give me lectures on how important it was to get a career in heating and air conditioning. He told me that ever since he was a kid, he had been watching how the technology of heating and air conditioning had been changing. He said that there was a lot of money to be had for everyone who had some kind of career working in HVAC. Grandpa would show me how he worked with his own heating and air conditioning and he taught me the importance of changing the air filters. As I got older, Grandpa’s advice has stuck with me. I called him after graduation and I told him that I had applied to go to the local college. I left him know that I was going to go to school and get my certification in HVAC. I enjoy the job I have and my grandfather would be proud to know what I was doing. I’m sure grandpa would have made a great HVAC technician or even owned his own company. I’m glad I was able to tell him what I was going to do, before he passed away.

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Dad ‘serviced’ our HVAC system.

I used to laugh whenever my dad talked about how he worked on the heating and air conditioning systems.

It seemed that the most important thing he would do when ‘servicing our heating or air conditioning, was to change the air filters.

He used to tell us that if you didn’t do anything else to the HVAC system, you had to change the air filters. He made it sound like that was all he ever did when he did the ‘servicing’. If mom were to tell him the heating or the air conditioning was making some noises, he would check it out. The only thing I ever really heard or saw him doing was when he picked up his hammer, he would rap it against the offending HVAC unit and the noise would stop. It always surprised me that he was able to stop the noise so quickly. Of course, there were times when he had to call the HVAC company to look at the heating or air conditioning, but they were few. He always told us that since he changed the air filter regularly, there shouldn’t be many times when he had to call the HVAC company. For years, we thought that the only tools you needed to keep your heating or air conditioning running well, was a hammer and a good supply of air filters. Now that I am grown, I still follow the rule of making sure you change your air filter often. I don’t use hammers on my HVAC system if it is making a noise, but I don’t call the HVAC company either. I became a HVAC technician many years ago.

 

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College does not focus on the real world

When I graduated from high school, I was focused on going to college so that I could get a good job in the future.

I thought that going to college would help me to focus on a career and that it would give me real life experience.

Instead, I ended up in stuffy classrooms learning math and English. These were things I had already studied when I was in high school. They taught me nothing about how to overcome real obstacles in life. I wished at that point that I had never allowed anyone to talk me into going to college. I got out of college in my second year and I decided to go in a completely different direction. I found a technical school that would teach me heating and air conditioning. I was surprised to learn that they had schools where I wouldn’t need to put up with all of the banal classes that had nothing to do with learning how to survive in life. I went to class and I learned how to repair and install heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. I learned how to install radiant heating and I have learned all about Smart Thermostats. By the time I was done with school, I was a licensed and certified HVAC technician. Not only am I enjoying my life now, but I have a job that is able to support my life and my family. I make good money and my career is one that will be around for a long time to come. That is what I call real life experience learning.
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The air conditioning was finally fixed

My friends and I have always been the type who would stop and help someone if they needed it. I think that nothing can make me feel better than to be able to make someone feel better or to get them out of a mess. A couple of years ago, a co-worker had a problem with the alternator in their car. I went to the local car parts center and I purchased an alternator for them. I then proceeded to help them to install the alternator so they could get home. They paid me for the alternator, but I didn’t expect any compensation for the use of my tools or for my time. Recently, I began working as a volunteer in a homeless shelter. I believe that these people need to have someplace to go to at night or when the weather is inclement. Last week, the HVAC system went out at the homeless shelter. These people really needed to get some cool air because we were in the middle of a heat wave. We already had a few guests at the shelter and we need some relief quickly. We didn’t have the money to be able to fix the air conditioner and a few of my friends offered to help me out. They were going to different stores looking for donations for the shelter. We had a couple of stores give money and we even got some great donations of food which is always appreciated. One store gave us a couple of window air conditioners. By the end of the day, we had three air conditioners, enough food for a month and enough money to have the AC unit fixed. We put thank yous in the paper for the donations.

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I belong on a game show

I love game shows and I am always sending in applications to be able to go onto one of them. My favorite game show is ‘The Price is Right’, but I also like ‘Wheel of Fortune’. I can never understand how these people on ‘The Price is Right’ are able to bid so badly. I am really good at bidding and nine times out of ten, I come close to hitting the price right on the head. I see these people who could be winning these fantastic cars with perfect climate control. I start thinking that one of those cars could be mine if they were to just look at my application for the game shows. While I am driving around in a beat up old chevy whose heating and air conditioning hasn’t worked for years, these people are driving around in cars with heated and air conditioned seats and perfect climate control, If I were to get on one of those game shows, I would be on one of the game shows, I know I would win. I wouldn’t care if I were to win one of those hybrid cars, or if it was one of those fancy cars. I would prefer to have a car with all of the bells and whistles. I would want the perfect climate control and I would be driving all over, with the climate control running and the heating or air conditioning of the seats turned on. I believe that if someone really wants something, they should work for it. I will be on one of my game shows and I will win a luxury car with heated seats.

 

 

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I won a new AC system

I never thought of myself as a lucky person, but recently that lucky streak came through at the perfect time.

We were right in the middle of a heat wave when my air conditioning system quit working.

I immediately called the HVAC company but they told me they weren’t able to come fix the air conditioning unit for a couple of days. I wasn’t too excited about sweating out the next couple of days, but there wasn’t anything I could do. I decided to sweat it out while listening to my favorite radio station. Throughout the day, they are always running some kind of contest. If you are the ninth person to call in whenever queued and you are able to give them the name of the last five songs played, you could win a prize. On this day of all days, they were giving one air conditioning unit away, every hour, to six lucky winners. The first time they put out the call for the ninth caller, I had my list of songs written down. I not only won an air conditioning unit, but they were going to deliver it within the next couple of hours. I didn’t get a whole home air conditioning unit, but I did get a really nice window air conditioning unit. I was able to hook it up in the living room and for the next couple of days, I had some relief from the heat wave. I was really lucky to have won and air conditioning unit just when I really needed one.

 

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My son came home from school the other day and he was really excited.

A couple of days ago, my son came home from school and he was all excited.

He told me that he was on his way home and he saw a $100 bill laying amongst the trash.

He looked around, but no one was around, so he picked it up. I was sure that my son hadn’t done anything illegal and I told him that I would let him buy whatever he wanted with his money. He told me that if I was serious, all he wanted was to get a window air conditioner for his bedroom. After dinner, I took him down to the home improvement store and we looked at window air conditioners for his room. I remembered when I was a kid and my parents bought me a window air conditioner. I remember how excited I was to get the AC unit. I don’t remember it being anywhere near $100 but then my dad probably found it at a yard sale or something like that. I just knew that I finally had an air conditioner for my bedroom. My son and I looked but there wasn’t anything that was under $100. The cheapest air conditioner I could find was $150 and I wasn’t so sure I could really afford that. I went ahead and bought the air conditioner, putting the remainder in out of my own pocket. I knew how happy he was because he didn’t quit smiling for hours. As soon as we got into the house, he wanted me to help him put the new air conditioner into his room. I didn’t see him for the entire weekend as he hung out up in his room with the new AC and his game system.

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Astronomy or astronaut, that was the question

As a kid, my biggest dream was to someday be an astronaut.

When I told my dad about being an astronaut, he told me that I could do anything I wanted if I just put my mind to it.

When I grew up, I realized just how hard it was going to be for me to become an astronaut. I didn’t have the grades to get through college. I couldn’t sit long enough to learn all of the technical jargon that had to be learned if you wanted to be an astronaut. I didn’t have a mathematical mind. I still wanted to see the stars up close. I wanted to be able to personally see the craters of the moon. When I realized I wasn’t going to be able to be an astronaut, I decided to get into astronomy. I have the best of both worlds with my new telescope. I get to go to school and teach and then I come home to the comfort of my HVAC system. I don’t have to worry about the bone brittling cold of the dark side of the moon as I stare through my telescope. My have my telescope in the attic, pointing out of a skylight. I have perfect heating and air conditioning no matter what time of year I decide to go into space. I may not have been able to become an astronaut and if I had I may have never been into space. I am an astronomer and I watch the heavens with the comfort of perfect heating and cooling, and all while relaxing at home.

 

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I took a portable heating system with us

This year, I decided that I was going to take my along on my yearly hunting trip.

I know that there are a lot of people who abhor the idea of hunting and they think of it as cruelty to animals.

I look at hunting as doing a service to farmers who have had their entire crop destroyed from an overabundance of deer. I also look at it as being able to put healthy red meat into my freezer and saving some money on our food bills during the winter. I took my son up to the cabin and he enjoyed that part of the trip. He loved the amazing fireplace that kept him warm. I did however, notice that after an hour outside, he began to get antsy. I didn’t like just sitting still and not doing anything. I was being to realize that hunting was not going to be something we were going to be able to do together. Luckily, I remembered to bring the portable HVAC system with us. I pulled it out of the backpack and set it up on the hunting stand. The HVAC system ran for almost six hours if it was fully charged, so I knew it would keep us warm until we got back to the cabin. I turned on the heating and it was nearly silent so I knew it would chase away the deer or any other animals. I liked having the heating up in the hunting stand, nearly as much as my son did. If we became a bit too warm, I simply turned it off, so it was a win-win situation for both of us.
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