When our parents passed on, they left me with a small sum of currency. I wasn’t going to be the real world’s Bruce Wayne, although I did get enough to afford a down payment on a house. That was 7 years ago today, and if I compared a picture of the apartment now compared to then, you’d never suppose they were the same building! I went with a cheap apartment that needed tender, constant care to restore it to its former glory. The work was cut out for me, too, since most of the work to be done involved the Heating & Air Conditioning system. The ductwork in the attic was torn apart from years of neglect and pest interference, the outdoor compressor and condenser were cracked and useless, and the control device itself appeared to be smashed into the wall with a hammer, but either vandals visited the apartment before I moved in, or someone was entirely fed up with their air conditioner’s performance! Either way, I spent the first year in that apartment finally working tirelessly at night and over the weekend, slowly replacing the ductwork and having maintenance visits from the heating and air conditioner business in town. I was thankful that the business allowed me to pay via installments for the repairs – you wouldn’t suppose how high-priced an air compressor is! I remember ending that year by installing a current smart control unit, which I could program to run only when I was home. I was so proud of our efforts, and the result entirely kept me motivated to continue the renovations to the house. During that first year, I had to repair many holes in the walls, and sit brand current shingles on the entire roof. All things considered, it’s pretty incredible that I had accomplished so much on our own!