This weather has left me in a tailspin. First, we had a cold snap a few months ago, followed by an insane heatwave – all within two weeks. As a result, the hoses connecting my radiator coils to the air conditioner over-stretched and tore apart, leaving me with no cool air in my car. Then, this past week, we had a hailstorm for the first time in years. This wasn’t just a few moments of gumball-sized hail. This was heavy hail, coming down in sizes bigger than golf balls! I’d always heard that hail can come down with enough force to make dents in cars, but this hail came down with a passion. I was in my apartment, watching from my window as the balls of ice struck the ground like frozen eggs. That’s when I heard a loud crash just feet away from me. Startled, I turned just in time to see my window unit fall out of the window! I screamed out of panic, running quickly to try and grab the unit by its faceplate. Sadly, I was too slow, and all I could do was watch the unit fall two stories down and smash apart on the sidewalk. Not only was I out an air conditioner, but there was no way I could even go outside to clean up the mess and try to salvage it. I kicked myself over and over for neglecting to properly secure the unit in the window frame, as I’ve had several visitors to my place tell me how important it is to make sure the unit can’t budge. Needless to say, I was more than aggravated over the entire situation, and it took another half hour until the hail stopped coming down. As I went outside to pick up the pieces of my once-pristine air conditioner, all I could think about was having to buy another window unit. I was going to make absolutely certain it was installed correctly this go ‘round!