Should cooling your child’s bedroom be this difficult?
Since this is the boy’s first summer in his own room, and the dog days of summer sneaked up on us so surreptitiously this year, it came time to replace our main AC unit and put the older, less-powerful one in the Robertorium. The sad irony about air conditioners is that you don’t buy one until you absolutely need it — when it's hot as a bitch. So setting up the new one was a prolonged sweaty nightmare all by itself.
However, we can’t cool the Robertorium until we solve the Riddle of the Child Safety Guard. In accordance with state law, our landlord installed one in the Robertorium’s only window and used those specially slotted, un-loosenable screws. Fearing liability, the landlord won’t authorize removing the guard. Our super is on vacation in Malta for another month, and the interim super, a true mouthbreather, tried the following four-step process:
- Attempt to loosen unloosenable screw with conventional screwdriver.
- Fail miserably.
- Stare at unloosenable screw for about 30 seconds.
Since I’m constitutionally opposed to having my son stew in his own gravy, it may be time to start pricing hacksaws.