The Nice, Polite, BLEEDING Guy on the Street… And, we’re gettin’ a tropical storm this weekend! Whoo hoo!!

The Nice, Polite, BLEEDING Guy on the Street… And, we’re gettin’ a tropical storm this weekend! Whoo hoo!!

Last Thursday night, all of our air conditioners on the boat turned off. We were all tired but we didn’t want to sleep without cool air so we went to work trying to fix the problem. Max (almost 18) pulled out the equipment for flushing the lines, and for burping the system (releasing excess air). Mason was in charge of the circuit breaker. I was lugging the hose back and forth and turning it on and off. The flushing process is required when too many marine creatures start to clog your system and takes approximately four hours. It was already 11:00 p.m. when we started.

At 3:30 a.m., after all that work, the air conditioners still wouldn’t turn on without flashing an error so we gave up, and drove to the satellite office here in town, which has nice, cold, refreshing air conditioning. We were all pretty sweaty and miserable. (The satellite office also has fold-out mattresses for emergencies…like HURRICANES!)

We had to park about a block away and I saw a guy ambling along toward us on the sidewalk. Being the past victim of an assault, I have a carry and conceal license. I opened the special pocket in my purse, and put my hands on my firearm, just in case since I was walking alone, in the dark, with children at 4:00 a.m. (One of those kids is 6′ 2″ but that didn’t make me feel safer.)

The man got closer and, when he emerged under a streetlight, we discovered he had blood all over him. He seemed okay health-wise. And, as he passed, he smiled, and said, “Good evening!”

Then, he kept on walking. Man oh man, I wish I knew the story behind THAT!!

Later, I wondered if it was his blood or someone else’s but I certainly wasn’t going to engage him in a conversation at 4:00 in the morning on a dark street with two children in tow.

I am fascinated by eccentric people. Some day, I think it would be fun to retire, meet really interesting people, and write their stories. But, for now, publishing keeps me more than busy and I LOVE IT. 🙂

In case you’re wondering…our air conditioner pump had gone kaput. We had to buy a new one the next day. We’re all nice and cool now!

Oh, and we’re getting a tropical storm this weekend! We are stocking up on gasoline and water today just in case. It’s gonna be a bumpy weekend here on No Tan Lines but we’re ready! 🙂

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2 Responses to "The Nice, Polite, BLEEDING Guy on the Street… And, we’re gettin’ a tropical storm this weekend! Whoo hoo!!"

  1. jedidiah manowitz  August 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I think I would have gone to the A/Ced office closer to 9-10PM and only started the FOUR hour+ A/C job the next morning. Or I would have flushed those lines weeks earlier.

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  August 31, 2019 at 8:52 am

      I would have done that, too, if it were fall or winter but, here in St. Petersburg, Florida, it’s beastly hot and humid just 30 minutes after sunrise in August (and July, and June, and September…)

      And, the lines had been flushed a week early. Max had even checked the seacock for grass/growth that evening and it wasn’t bad at all. The problem ended up being the pump for the air conditioners. It went kaput. We replaced it the following day.