I never once in my life thought that “roughing it” would be a great thing. I’m not exactly a low maintenance person, in that I appreciate having the basics of modern life at my finger tips. I don’t need a ton, but I enjoy hot showers, clean beds, and adequate temperature control in my residences. I know that sounds simple, but somehow I’ve been cursed in all of these areas for a few years. One year my entire water heater broke down on more than three occasions, so I had to learn how to live without any water heat whatsoever. During those dark times, I took the fastest showers of my entire life. There was also a series of months when rodents took up residence in my ventilation system and I had animal droppings falling out of my air vents all the time. My bed was positioned directly under an overhead air vent, so the squirrel poop and dander was constantly raining down on my bed, making it a huge disgusting animal toilet. Finally, for whatever reason my AC unit has recently decided it wants a life of luxury – as in, my central cooling system has stopped working for the most part. Starting last spring, my AC cuts in and out depending on how the wind blows. I finally resorted to powering the entire AC unit down entirely, and I’ve lived without any central cooling power for over two months now. None of my other household issues have ever been a blessing in disguise – but having a busted cooling system has resulted in enormous energy savings! Besides being able to afford a new AC unit soon, I’m also going on a cruise!