There was central air with the mobile home when we bought it; a two-year-old unit, actually. A/C was one of the reasons I wanted a different place to live.
The deal with the mobile home mover was, he'd move the trailer, and once it was on-site, he'd charge up the A/C for us; this is standard procedure for mobile home movers.
Cliff, being a trusting sort, had me pay him before the electricity was in. In other words, I paid him before he had done the A/C part of his deal.
Guess what? He's disappeared off the face of the earth. He doesn't answer his home phone OR cell phone.
Now this would be quite distressing, except for this one point: When I first contacted the guy and asked what it would cost to move our mobile home, he said $3,800 to $4,800. So I budgeted $5,000 for that purpose, just in case.
My regular readers will remember all the rain delays we had; suffice it to say, considerable time passed before the home was delivered.
So when it was time to settle up (which we shouldn't have done till the A/C was in, but wait....) I got the checkbook and said, "What do I owe you?"
He sort of scratched his head and said, "Oh, let me see... did I quote you a price?"
"Yes," I said, "but you gave me a low price and a high one."
"I don't remember what I told you."
Cliff said he just knew I was going to blow it and tell him what price he quoted, but I am not that stupid.
"Well," I said, "You know what you're worth."
There was more hemming and hawing, but finally he came up with the grand sum of $2,400. Yeah, half what I budgeted.
So it's OK. I'm glad to see our local heating and cooling guy get some of the money, and it'll still come out cheaper than the amount I had budgeted.
I was surprised to see Rick show up with his helper today; I didn't know he worked on Saturday.
The A/C unit is right outside my computer room window.
One more story: It was really getting hot by the time they got the A/C running this afternoon. When that cool air started blowing through the registers, I shut the windows and did a happy dance. No more sweltering!
Three hours later, it was time to turn Blue out to graze; I almost looked forward to going out in the sweltering heat, just so I could truly appreciate my new A/C. So imagine my surprise when I stepped out into a cold front that had slipped in at some time or other. It was actually cooler outside than it was in the house!
I hate when that happens.