Now I have a car with an extremely cold air conditioner inside and the difference is night and day.
When I was in high school, I was desperate for a car of some kind. My friends’ parents all bought them vehicles, but I had to bum rides off anyone who’d be willing to give me one. By the time I reached my senior year, I finally had a tiny bit of money saved from my job and various sums of money I’d get from relatives on birthdays and holidays. While I was too late to have a car for all of the places I wanted to go in high school, at least I had a car to take with me to college later that same year. That was no trivial fact either, because I had lots of fun in college and that car took me places both physically and metaphorically. When I moved off campus and took a job to pay for my apartment rent, I relied on that car to get to and from classes throughout the day. Unfortunately, the heating and air conditioning inside that car both died within a year of purchasing it at 18. Then I drove the car for another three years with no heating or cooling inside. Now I have a car with an extremely cold air conditioner inside and the difference is night and day. I can’t imagine getting through a summer these days without a strong air conditioner in one’s car, but I made it work for those three years when I had no other choice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a matter of simply recharging the coolant in the car’s air conditioner. It had a broken compressor inside.