Friday, May 2, 2008

Mayday Mayday Mayday!

It was the 1st of May or May-day! Simple interpretation – yet another holiday. The fact that there was a high probability of lesser traffic on the roads made me decide to visit Kandy and do some long outstanding social calls.

But what I didn’t bargain for is my car throwing up Air-Conditioning problems halfway on my way to Kandy. Yes, it did just that.

Over the years, Air-Conditioning (or AC) has become a vital component of some of our lives… especially with people living and working in the city. We’ve got accustomed to it so much that we find it difficult to cope in a non-AC house even for the weekend. So I had two options, either to turn back and head home or wind down my shutters and go for it. Being a member of the Male gene-pool, I chose the latter.

With hindsight, it was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made… it is right up there with me trying to conquer my fear of heights by climbing onto the cashew tree way back when I was 12 years old. My elder brother had to climb after me to get me down in that instant. I was never able to face my friends who were there that day for quite some time afterwards. But then that is another story.

The problem with holidays is just that. Just like you and me, everyone else like AC repairmen are also on holiday. So by about 2pm I was really feeling the heat. The winded down shutters blew in all sorts of smells and smoke right into and thru my car. By the end of the trip I smelled like a garbologist at a smoker’s convention.

It was an incident worthy of a Mayday call right on the 1st of May or May-day! Is that weird or what?

6 comments:

Sanesh Fernando said...

I guess your car has an Artificial Intelligence Component which identifies that the car is going to a cold climate thus shutting down the AC. :-)

Do you still fear of heights?

Bimal said...

"I guess your car has an Artificial Intelligence Component which identifies that the car is going to a cold climate thus shutting down the AC. :-)"

That must be it.... a tiny problem though. The AC didn't turn back on even when I came back to the warmer climate of Colombo... hmmmm...

"Do you still fear of heights?"

Oh hell yeah!!! Used to be a great conversation-openner with the opposit-sex (ie. "So I am Acrophobic - what about you"). But of course that was before I met my wife! [phew]

Charith Welikala said...

'garbologist at a smoker’s convention' thats soo freaking cool. :D

Anonymous said...

Without A/C in SL? You must have been out of your mind to try that. It's like deep sea diving without O2 tanks.

BTW, hope to see you in Aug.

~Errol~

santhoshi said...

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Bimal said...

Errol : Yeah, I can be crazy like that. Aug is still on. Will keep in touch.

Santhoshi : I took the bait. Check this out.