Hey! What's YOUR Problem?

My favorite types of problems are OTHER people’s problems!

Coming home from work today, I could not help but notice an enormous air conditioning unit sitting on my driveway. This was not a window-type air conditioner like the kind you can buy for $200 at Home Depot or Target! This was a big "whole house" central air conditioning unit probably weighing 1000 pounds, sitting on a 4 x 4 pallet!


I texted my fiancée: “Did you order an air conditioner?” I thought I knew the answer, but in this house….you’re never really sure!


Standing there on my driveway looking at the unit, I immediately started to get pissed. I suspect we are all in that same mental place when we get home: The “I’m done solving other people’s problems!” place. I looked at this unit and just knew: This was going to be multiple calls over multiple days with lots of time on hold to get this thousand pound box off my driveway!


Unhappiness came quickly.


Across the street my neighbor Betty was wondering around her front yard looking behind the bushes and seeming frazzled. Even after working all day, I’m a good neighbor so I asked, “Betty, everything ok?”


Turns out that everything was NOT ok for Betty. She had been expecting a very important delivery. And the trucking company had ASSURED here the delivery had been made!


You guessed it….an air conditioner!


I shared the good and bad news: I’ve got your air conditioner Betty! What I don’t have is a forklift!


I left Betty and her husband Fred standing on my driveway shaking their heads and staring at their 1,000 pound upgrade that was delivered 100 feet too far west for their taste.

“Well….you two have a nice night!” I said as I opened the garage door.

They’re good neighbors, so I hope they didn’t hear me snicker!


A break for the good guys! If this logistical SNAFU had occurred at an hour earlier while at work, it most definitely would have been MY problem.