This was the first time my seasoned school friend was visiting me in our new city.
He and I went back 25 years and were maybe even better friends now than all of us were back in the afternoon. That sometimes happens and I’m real thankful that it happened for us. Still, all of us don’t get to be in each other’s physical presence all that often. But that will change now that I moved north. I dislike the HVAC heating bills and am not a fan of the chilly weather at all. So having my dear friend close enough where all of us can visit each other every few months definitely helps soften the blow. I’m from the south where our Wintertide is tamed by the heat pump. He’s from the north where he’s quite accustomed to the gas oil furnace and all that goes with heating a house. Now that I’m in the north due to a job transfer, his heating prowess definitely came in handy. The first night he spent in our house, he entirely commented on the chill. I replied that’s what you get when you live up north right? The people I was with and I had a laugh and I got him a jacket. But the next afternoon while all of us were out and about, all of us stopped at a hardware store. My friend bought an instant read temperature gun there. I was sort of clueless until all of us got home. Then all of us decided to go out and he started measuring the temperature all around the exterior of our house. What he found was a whole lot of sites where the HVAC treated heating was leaking out. Thanks to his Wintertide weather knowledge, I’m now toasty overheated in our lake house and the HVAC heating bills are under control.