Sep. 22nd, 2016

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So the in-laws were in town for the past few days. It was pretty good, really. They stayed with us, but that worked better than I expected, and they're pretty decent for in-laws so we mostly enjoyed their company. There was something of a ground rule that political discussion was off-limits; they're both big Trump supporters, and as you can imagine I find that pretty awful. But at least I kinda loathe Hillary too, so at least we have that in common, right? Anyway.

For their whole visit we were driving around in the minivan, since they didn't get a rental and it can hold all 7 of us. But when the time came to take them to the airport yesterday, the wife had to take Hermione to her weekly band practice, so it fell to me and my car to be the airport taxi. So we load up and set off, only to find that the air conditioning isn't working. And I don't just mean it wasn't blowing cold air, I mean it was actually blowing HOT air, as if the temperature dial were stuck on the highest setting. Whatever mode I tried--whatever vent, whatever temperature, A/C compressor on or off, outside or recirculated--same thing, HOT air coming out. So eventually we gave up and shut it off completely, and rode with all the windows down, but since it was 92F outside that really didn't help a whole lot and it was a pretty miserable ride. It was like that on the way home, too. And ironically, I was just thinking the other day about how this car really hadn't ever given me the first bit of trouble.

I gave it a while to cool down and looked up some possibilities on the Interwebz, and some people said maybe it's the electronics, so disconnect/reconnect the battery to reset everything. So I gave that a try and it did work, but then later when I pulled the car into the garage it wasn't working again. But today so far, on my morning commute and then a trip out to grab something for lunch, it's been fine. So I've concluded that the problem must have been THEM. After months of sporting a Bernie sticker on the rear window (which I finally did remove--it felt like it was time, him being out of the race and out of the spotlight these days), I think it rubbed off on the car and it just couldn't tolerate carrying a load of Trump fans. It's the only explanation.

Nah, actually I figure it will act up again eventually and I'll have to take it somewhere, which I am frankly dreading. A/C is an absolute necessity in these parts, no matter what time of year it is. So there we are. But if it can at least keep working until it's not in the upper 80s and low 90s every day, that would be swell.

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