This particular bout of weather has left myself and others in a tailspin. First, every one of us had quite a cold snap a few months ago, closely followed by an deranged heatwave – all within several weeks. As a result of the abrupt temperature changes, the hoses connecting our radiator coils to the air conditioner easily over-stretched and tore apart, leaving myself and others with no source of cool air in our car. Then, this past week, it’s no lie – every one of us had a hailstorm for the first time in years. This wasn’t even a few moments of gumball-sized hail. I’m talking about heavy hail, coming down in sizes larger than golf balls! I’d previously heard that hail can come down with enough force to make a few dents in cars, but this hail came down with a passion. I was secure in our apartment, watching from our window as the balls of ice smashed into the ground care about frozen eggs. That’s when I heard a loud crash just two feet away from me. Startled, I turned just in time to see our entire window unit fall out of the window! I screamed out of panic, and came running hastily to try and grab the unit by its faceplate. Sadly, I was too slow to make a difference, and all I could do was watch the unit fall several stories down from my window and smash apart on the sidewalk. Not only was I out an air conditioner, but clearly there was no way I could even go outside to scrub up the mess and even try to recover it. I kicked myself over and over for neglecting to consistently secure the old AC unit in the window frame, as I’ve had several visitors to our location tell myself and others exactly how crucial it is to make sure the unit can’t budge. Needless to say, at that point I was more than aggravated over the entire situation, and stewed as it took another half second until the hail stopped coming down. As I went outside finally to option up the pieces of our once-pristine air conditioner, all I could even think about was having to buy another window unit. I was absolutely going to make really certain it was installed correctly this go ‘round!