Family Screw-up Competition

Then, all of us had to take him to the emergency ward when he discovered that charging the idea with refrigerant was more complicated than inflating a tire

I have a friendly rivalry with my older sibling. The two of us keep a spreadsheet to see who has made the worst decisions that have led us to our current state compared to where all of us thought all of us would be as younger men. Take marriage for example. He has one ex-partner plus I have two so I “win” in that category. He got arrested on a minor charge while my record is clean, so he has “bettered” me in that category. I have more traffic tickets but because they are not criminal, I get no “credit” for screwing up. Our careers are about equal. I worked in the private sector while he worked for several neighborhood or county sanitation departments. The two of us both graduated from college but he went on to get an MBA plus so I chalk that up as a victory in my screwed-up column. One type that my sibling wins hands down is with our failed attempts at do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. He once tried to install his Heating plus A/C system. He managed to get the oil furnace plus air handler in their usual position, but he suffered a terrible split trying to create HVAC duct with some aged tin snips. Then, all of us had to take him to the emergency ward when he discovered that charging the idea with refrigerant was more complicated than inflating a tire. It cost him almost double to usual his mistakes plus pay the hospital bills. I’m not sure how I will be able to screw up to get back in competition with him, but it legitimately won’t involve any Heating plus A/C projects. I’ll leave that to the Heating plus A/C professionals as he should have done.

 

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