Slip­ping back to 1970s on the road

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY - LYN IRWIN-KELLY Jour­nal­ist, mum and farm widow

IF THE whinge-o-me­ter was any in­di­ca­tor, the world was about to end shortly.

Never had a sit­u­a­tion been so dire, it was surely more dis­as­trous than Kim Jong-un’s hair­style.

My kids were cat­a­pulted back to the 1970s for a road trip when the air-con­di­tioner went on the blink.

Yes, it was a pretty hot day – prob­a­bly the only one we’ve had since then – but to my mind it hardly mer­ited the level of com­plaints doled out.

Need­less to say my daugh­ters do not suf­fer in si­lence. In­deed the pain of pay­ing to have the unit re­placed was less than what I en­dured dur­ing their tirade while on a four-hour road trip from Caloun­dra re­cently.

When we met up with my hus­band later, they re­it­er­ated all the vo­cal com­plaints made to me dur­ing the jour­ney (and prob­a­bly to him via text en route):

“It was ss­soooooo hot.” (I did not know that.)

“I was sit­ting in a pool of sweat on leather seats.”

(They weren’t the only ones.)

“Even the back of my top was sweaty.”

(Still not on your Pat Malone, sweet­heart.)

“The vents were blow­ing hot air.”

(Well, who would have known that would hap­pen when the AC packed it in?)

I guess the lit­tle princesses have never had it so bad ... any­one would think they were the only ones to suf­fer such a plight. My not-so-lit­tle dar­lings have had a sin­gu­larly for­tu­nate life if this was their big­gest worry.

My at­tempts at a pos­i­tive spin fell short.

If you’re go­ing to have a car prob­lem when you’re away from home, at least the air-con­di­tioner doesn’t pre­vent your travel.

No one was in­jured when the air-con failed ... the car kept on go­ing and no­body was hurt. If that hap­pens with car dra­mas, it’s a good day.

It didn’t hap­pen at the height of sum­mer and was fixed rel­a­tively soon.

Fi­nally, we came across some ter­rific ser­vice at the Nis­san dealer in Mary­bor­ough. Although un­able to fix the prob­lem that day, the staff spent time iden­ti­fy­ing it and were so help­ful.

❝more It was dis­as­trous than Kim Jong-un’s hair­style.

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