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We just deal with it

Our city is small enough that there are undoubtedly few businesses to choose from, and not more than one of anything. In the 80s, a second local gas station opened up, however didn’t last for a year before it went under. The tiny city wasn’t immense enough to support more than one gas station, even, you see? One was all the people I was with and I needed! The same can be said with the grocery store, the people I was with and I just have the one. One tiny library, one stop light, one liquor store, and so forth, however as you would imagine, this single supplier economy can lead to some conflicts of time management, when one person is in high demand. Such is the case with Lou, the local Heating and A/C repair tech… or at least the closest thing the people around here have to that. I asked to see his Heating and A/C certification once, and the flimsy paper he showed me was various years old, from another state… also, not in his name, then but he seems to guess how to fix air conditioners, so why on earth would I say anything about it? Also, who would I tell? Al is the only guy I know in these parts that can fix an air conditioner, regardless of if he has the right paperwork in hand. In another locale, there would be options for other Heating and A/C techs to call for a second opinion, however the people I was with and I are all alone out here. The only other option is to go to Walmart and buy a new AC unit. I hope Lou doesn’t learn this, because if he thinks he’s being made fun of at all, he definitely won’t fix my AC the next time I need him.


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