I had forgotten what the barter system was until I fixed an air conditioning system for an old man.
- He was so happy to have his air conditioning unit that he gave me a piano.
I tried to refuse but he insisted. It was a lovely old piano and I was sure it was worth a lot of money, but I didn’t know how to get it out of the house. He figured that out when he told me he had a couple of neighbors who would load it on my truck. I got back to the HVAC office and I showed the piano to my boss. He started to laugh and asked me what I wanted him to do with a piano. He told me he couldn’t use it and if I wanted it I should take it home. I took the piano home and my wife was thrilled. When I told her how the guy gave it to me for fixing his air conditioning unit, she had to laugh too. It amazed me that someone would let something so nice go, just because they had their air conditioner fixed. The only thing that bothers me is that maybe he didn’t realize what he was giving away or maybe he just wanted to get rid of it. Whatever the reason, he gave me the most memorable HVAC technical call I ever went on. It’s probably a story I will be telling my grandchildren when they are born. A HVAC technical call that will become a story to last a lifetime.