As an HVAC technician, I end up having to make a whole lot of house calls on holidays.
This probably wouldn’t bother me all that much if I didn’t have a family.
If I were a single guy, I know that it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But since I have a wife and four kids, it is kind of a big deal! She gets mad at me whenever I have to leave family dinners or holiday celebrations for work. I know that people need to have their air conditioning and heating systems fixed on holidays and weekends, but my wife seems to think that people should just wait until it’s a regular workday to call for HVAC repair work. As a professional heating and cooling technician, I know that isn’t really feasible. We have to be available for our clients whenever they need us to be there for them, and that includes weekends and holidays, too. Over Memorial Day weekend this year, it was one of the same situations. We were having a cookout and I was manning the grill while the kids played around in the yard. Suddenly, my beeper from the HVAC company went off and when I called in to talk to someone in dispatch, I was informed that I needed to go and fix someone’s air conditioning system for them. My wife was not happy about this in the least. She said that there is no such thing as an air conditioning emergency, because no one is going to die because they are too hot for a few hours. Of course, I had to go do the A/C repair, but when I got home my wife was mad at me for the rest of the day.