The world as we know it is full of symmetry.  There is symmetry on every distance scale and every time scale.   Most of the symmetry is circular.   History teaches us that.   Countries rise and fall.   Everyday life teaches us that too.  A husband being nagged about looking at the map will drive in a circle.  And whatever happens will happen again.   The underlying reasons for this are beyond our control or ability to understand.  Philosophers get famous for thinking of plausible explanations for the way things work.  But in the end we are faced with the reality that we are simply not meant to understand everything.

So we are given cues in nature.  The cycle of the sun rising and setting for when to sleep.  The cycle of the seasons for when to do work.   The cycle of activities set in motion by the nagging wife.

We have lived in the US through ups and downs in the Economy.  And Economists are always able to explain the science of why we had an up or down cycle with 100% accuracy– after the fact– and after they had a chance to change their models or prior statements.   Do you know that roughly 50% of economists predicted the last recession and roughly 50% predict any major economic event before it happens?  In other words, after studying complex mathematics and social systems and sometimes even getting a Noble Prize for their work, Economist predictions are as accurate as flipping a coin.  I hate to say it but the US probably should start flipping coins because its cheaper than hiring consulting economists–some of whom cannot even understand Turbotax– for example, Tim Geitner, Secretary of the US Treasury.

But in any case, we don’t need to flip a coin to understand that summer is coming and that means more work for us in air conditioning in Las Vegas.   This will be my last summer of work but I think its going to be a big bang.    I have noticed that President Obama has a lot of unspent stimulus money.   I have no doubt that Obama is planning on strategically injecting that money into the economy in preparation for the next election.  If you looked at the recent unemployment results, we are now at 8.3%.   Mark my words, Obama is very close to his objective — less than %7.8 unemployment.   Why 7.8?  So he can make a claim that things have gotten better.  If you recall, unemployment was 7.8% when Obama took office.

I expect this summer to be one the busiest in the last several years because of planned government stimulus.   While the money should be spent now, I have no doubt that is politically advantageous to spend money in away that creates the impression of an economy roaring back.   It seems unfair that our quality of life is affect by political ambitions and things will get better when it is good for those in power.   I don’t see how the economy will improve, but I have absolute confidence that Obama will artificially inflate the economy this summer to win an election.   An improved economy means work for air conditioning repair people and work companies making air conditioning equipment.   If things go right, I’ll retire this summer with one of the busiest summers ever.  All this because of my unwavering belief that Obama has the “fix” in to win the next election.  Also because I started my Las Vegas Air Conditioning website — and it seems to be popular.  I get more calls than I ever expected–which is none.  I wish I had gotten into the internet stuff years ago and mostly did it to find a retirement hobby and be able to converse with nephews and nieces.  (I’m even digging into Facebook, but they sure do invade your privacy.  I don’t know if Facebook is worse than the greedy banks that have sold your private information for years or if they are just more effective at information gathering.   I was surprised to find out that Microsoft is more respectful of my privacy than Facebook.)

But back to cycles–I don’t have faith that Obama is actually fixing the economy for the long term and will somehow reduce the severity of the up and down cycles that cause average Americans hardship.  Has Obama accomplished anything since he’s been in office that matters to the average person?  I know he’s been taking taking on more of a leadership role in the last few months, but he’s been a Jimmy Carter for the last two years.  I think we are for in one hell of a economic fall in 2013.   Even if Mitt Romney wins, I never really considered Romney that different from Obama.

Who know’s maybe I’ll have to learn Chinese because we may entering the Age of China again–again because of my belief in cycles in everything.   (If I remember correctly, somewhere around 3000 years ago, China was one of the leading countries on earth.)  I believe this as much as I believe a wife has 4 week nag and headache cycle.

 

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What do they all have in common?  Another true story about air conditioning.

Probably if you think back to sesame street, you’ll remember what do these things have in common.  Its a thinking exercise for children.   Well lawyers and mold have the most in common, but all three intersected for me in the waiting area of the las vegas airport a few days ago.

Two lawyers were pompously talking the lawyer talk of trying to look smarter than the other on a wide range of topics.  Then the housing market and all the foreclosures came up.  One of the guys said to the other, he made a bundle because he could get a foreclosure and it was always easy to find mold.  He went on to say that it was easy to prove faulty ventilation or air conditioning was the cause of mold in homes.  Proudly, he then explained it was easy to sue air conditioning or HVAC contractors for a bundle.  As I understood it, the slimy attorney (I know a pleonasm) had figured out a way to profit off the homeowner going into foreclosure, the bank holding the foreclosed loan, and still screw the air conditioning guy who worked on the house before the foreclosure happened.   All this in the las vegas airport.   The other lawyer was impressed.   I think humane humans (a non-tautology as I discovered after thinking lawyers versus human to be reminded that humans are not always humane) would be disgusted.    Disclaimer note- I believe the lawyers were both from California.  Lawyers in Nevada are more respectable -and I say this proudly- no legal trickery just bribes.

So now I know why I pay so much for insurance to do my job.   Has anybody ever looked to see if attorneys cross-bred with blood-sucking mosquitoes sometime after arriving in California during the 1890s.

Would it be green to recycle attorney heads as road bumps or would it be silly because people would drive in circles to go back get the missed bumps–thus causing traffic jams instead of merely slowing traffic down?

All that ranting aside, mold is a serious problem in some homes.  Especially in the southeast and houston.   It is bad and EPA says-and I agree with EPA in this case- mold can cause a wide range of illnesses.  Luckily in the dry las vegas area, dust is more of a problem.   I hate to admit when EPA may be partly right about the PM standards and that Herman Cain fellow cited as a reason to get rid of EPA (before his naugty side was reveled)…he said EPA even wants to regulate dust.   Well do a google or bing search on mold if you see mold in your house.  It is harmful.  Hopefully you’ll remember the moral of the story… being a rich and articulate pizza maker does mean you understand science–so ignore Herman Cain when it comes to EPA.

I came across several interesting blogs about air conditioning bills yesterday and added my thoughts on city-data.com.   I actually never knew much about the site but within about 12 hours I got a pop up message on my screen when I opened the site — life-time ban from the City-Data.com site for “advertising”.  I tried to go back and see what I wrote, but the ban prevented me.   So it was another lesson learned….I’ll probably stick with the land of the free– wordpress.com

I’ve only been using wordpress for a short time but have had no hassles and everything works.  The city-data.com site appears to have roving hitler bots that did not like what i wrote.  I am pretty sure that the only link I added was to wordpress.com.   No email, no chance to look at what I did, but found guilty — city-data.com sucks.    So in the spirit of fee enterprise and free speech and using the same approach of city-data of finding me guilty of something — I find city-data.com guilty (of something) and dub them internet fascists.  (of course it could be mistaken identity or a cookie programming glitch but nevertheless I hate being judged without due process)

So let me see if I can remember what I wrote about that got me in trouble.   I commented about Obama’s recent trip to Nevada and Mayor Goodman in the spirit of fun and game politics stating someone had to go out and meet the President and the mayor pretty much gets paid to do that.   This combined with the fact that Governor of Arizona pulled a confrontation on the airport tarmac with Obama shows the political machinery is out there creating an image revolt against Obama.   There is nothing more devious or crafty than a political party trying to win an election except your common breed of attorney–found in every dark corner from Seattle to Miami and San Francisco to New York.

But I do think Obama’s got the green energy thing right (partly).   Wind energy is cost effective and we should do it.   Solar and ethanol is a rip-off right now.  Ethanol has always been a tax payer funded bonus to Archer Daniel Midland and every politician on their payroll.  Ethanol has no pluses but it makes make many snake oil salesman rich.   Look up the history of ADM with bribes and politics and monopoly abuses if you are too young to remember.   ADM is the reason that soda you drink is made from corn and the chicken nugget is 50% corn.  Think of ADM of the company that made artificial in McDonald’s food possible and profitable for both–and of course absolutely terrible for the health of kids.   But read Wikipedia for the bland facts on ADM.

But back to Obama….he did give the air conditioning repair guy a big boost because of credits to fix air leaks around ducts in homes.  It saved homeowners money and kept me working a little more than usual.   We will see how the summer of 2012 goes though.  I have a feeling with the real estate market still a mess.

Homework assignment for young boys and girls fortunate enough to live in parent-owned home.   Read about all the free money for making your home more energy efficient.   The linked program is for southern nevada.   But you can also check out the Las Vegas housing authority for help.   Or just call your local utility company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had the driest winter in over 100 years.   I should pull up the farmer’s almanac to see how the summer is going to look.   The hotter it is, the more people ask for air conditioning help.     For some reason, I am slowing down and just don’t have the drive to do field jobs anymore.   The air conditioning market has become very competitive.  In reality, there is probably work enough for all, but there are some greedy bastards out there.   I started noticing fly by night AC shops being advertised recently.   Maybe they are working on other peoples licenses.  But after so many years in this town, I suspect that we have some that are moonlighting.   That’s a big no-no in this town.  Vegas likes to control its contractors and makes a lot of money off the licensing procedure….so if you are not paying the license properly, you better be bribing properly.

All seriousness aside, even this lowly air conditioning man gets calls from Obama supporters about voting and donations.   I really lost my enthusiasm a long time ago.   Basically, the government bailed out the rich people.   Rich people made money by taking high risks.  But when everything fell apart, the government covered the rich.   I bet Geitner and Bernanke are probably the two greatist elitists in the USA and Obama loves them.   At least the old theory was trickle down money….but the Obama theory is to print money for the rich.

I have to admit.  Obama has become a do-nothing president.  He’s bent over to special interests on all sides and in doing so –did nothing.   Obama can argue a lot of hypotheticals to suggest he did something….but he really did nothing.   I look at Newt and Mitt and don’t really get excited.   I’m actually thinking that Sarah Palin should run.   What we need is a revolution of the working class.   Harry Reid needs to go.  Obama needs to go.   But no Mitt and no Newt.

I was hoping to retire by now but it looks the politicians are still too busy lining their pockets.  Its left to the working people to continue to eek out a living.

I started writing this blog to write about AC stuff….and there is much about it.  I missed the big anniversary of the first air conditioner and will write about that bit of important history.

Well folks think wisely about this next election….I really don’t care who you vote for…but let’s vote out all incumbents…..we simply cannot do business as usually no matter how eloquently Mr. Obama says it.

I won’t  be repairing AC units anymore as I am winding down my business …..but I will continue to give advice to people.  I might be going to the Grand Canyon soon for a visit and will let you know if I get any info from the AC repairmen in Arizona.

P.S.  Happy New Year to ALL