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The Lizards Need to Cool Off
Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 7:42 AM

It’s been so hot here recently (thankfully, the weather changed for the better after the weekend) that I decided it was time to have a look at the two antique air-conditioning units that top and tail my digs. I had only the one mando, which needed batteries, but that was an easy challenge well within my capabilities. The other air-con didn’t have a control or any buttons or knobs as far as I could see.

I know that the global warming – you can believe it or not, I don’t care – is besieging us and each year it’s a tiny bit hotter, and well, I’m a tiny bit older too.

My daughter sent round a capable young fellow called Ashley (born and raised in the pueblo) to see if he could work his magic. 

I thought I had better clean up the bedroom and so moved things here and there, creating some space for air-conditioning mechanics, and discovered why the bedroom unit wasn’t working after I pulled a heavy trunk away from the wall.

Yes, friends, it had been left unplugged.

By the time Ashley arrived, I was down to just one non-functioning air-conditioner.

This particular piece, a relic from the days of Francisco Franco, is in a room full of both books and my computer and is decorated with a cane-and-plaster ceiling which is generally heaving with geckos.

We feared that the small and amiable lizards probably looked on the rather fuzzy looking box located above the small window as a kind of Geckos’ Graveyard. Switch that thing on and there’d be bits of grated lizard all over the house.

Anyway, it turned out that there is a way to open up these things, and buttons are revealed. ‘Huh. Who needs a mando’ I wondered.

And, it works a treat. Sort of. No reptile’s entrails to speak of.  

Now I have to upgrade the computer with a new operating system. Maybe Ashley knows someone. Like the air-con, the old box of tricks has seen better days and it never fully recovered from the millennium bug fright, you remember, when the internal calendar was going to return everything back to 1900: Goodness, how the time has gone.

The power here is erratic, with those annoying micro power outages, which is why I must remember to ‘save save save’ as my late father in law, a retired IBM technician, would say.

To counter this, some years ago I bought an eternal battery (well, good for three minutes anyway) which also controls any fluctuations in the voltage. One can never be sure.

Anyway, it doesn’t work and when the power goes, it goes too.

There’s probably a lizard trapped inside it.

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jeffers45 said:
Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 7:56 AM

I love your eternal battery Lenox. Must get one of those. ;)
Could only add to my enjoyment of your work, which always brightens my day!

vickya said:
Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 12:53 PM

Now I have to upgrade the computer with a new operating system.

I got a new computer recently and it came with Windows 11. Best avoid this. I'd got used to 10 and things were sort of ok but they changed them.

lenox said:
Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 10:09 PM

Thanks for the comments (I am sure that everyone who posts on Eye on Spain likes feedback).
I was told by Windows, Vickya, that they'll be phasing out Windows 10 later this year, and that my PC doesn't have enough grits for Windows 11. I suppose there's always Linux.
Jeffers45, I'll gladly sell you my eternal battery, although I would have to leave with the money within three minutes (tops!).

ScottishCarol said:
Sunday, June 23, 2024 @ 12:39 PM

Hi Lenox
First, I always read your articles every week and enjoy them. Keep it up. Glad you got your AC sorted.

Second, my Laptop doesn't have enough grits for W11 either. However, W10 will be fully supported until 14th Oct 2025. Not sure what 'phasing out this
year means.' I love my all-white Laptop and not looking forward to changing the hardware, never mind the software.

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