When my friends told me that they wanted to go on a trip last weekend I thought that it might be a complicated idea.
We were supposed to have some bad weather rolling into the area and I was not very excited about the plan of driving through snow and ice.
I also knew that the outdoor air temperature was supposed to plummet without any warning at some point in the day. However, they were insistent that they wanted to rent a cabin and we would be just fine between the modern heating system and the old school traditional fireplace. Eventually, I gave in and we decided to make our trip. Unfortunately, the winter storm that blew through the area was no joke. Almost as soon as we arrived at the rental house, the power went out. There was absolutely no electricity which meant that there was absolutely no indoor Heat. Because the central heating system ran on electricity and so did every portable space heater in the house, we had no way to stay warm. We thought that the traditional wood burning fireplace would keep us toasty, but we didn’t have any firewood. Thank God, one of my friends located a backup generator in the yard and quickly switched on the alternative power source. Finally, heat came pouring through the central heating and cooling air ducts and we were feeling comfortable again. And then we heard a horrible sound coming from the furnace. The heating system itself broke down… so we basically had a very chilly weekend together waiting for the HVAC repair technician.