Everyone heaved a sigh of relief
My driver’s license was about to expire that week. As one who doesn’t want to wait the last minute to fulfill my obligations, I asked my boss to give me a day’s leave to renew my license. I anticipated long lines because it was summertime. From my personal experience, most people take advantage of their free time to get or renew their driver’s license this time of year. So, I woke up early and by four in the morning, I was on the road. By the time I arrived at the licensing office, the doors were still closed, I was the twentieth in line, and the sun was already rising. It was a good thing I brought an egg and bacon sandwich and my coffee with me when I left or I would have been extra irritable. It was getting hotter by the minute. By the time the doors opened, I was ready to bask in the air-conditioned waiting room and cool down. Yet, when I entered the building, it was warm. There was no functioning cooling system. There were just two industrial fans and one portable air conditioning unit in the office. Many people started to mutter their complaints about the air conditioning. A middle-aged woman even approached the guard and verbalized her concern about the temperature. More people started to blurt out their discomfort. Finally, after two hours, an HVAC team of three arrived. They were quickly led to the back where they worked their magic on the HVAC system. About an hour later, cool air started to waft into the waiting area. Everyone heaved a sigh of relief. The people behind the counters tossed their fans and continued their processing work in comfort.