I travel a lot for my job. Sometimes, I am only home a day or two before I go again for weeks at a time. This schedule leaves my wife to handle everything at home by herself. She normally does a really good job. She must handle the kid’s school schedules, all the household stuff, all while working part time herself. It just so happened that I was on one of my trips last month when I got a call in the middle of the night. Now, normally, I just agree with whatever it takes to make things at home go as smoothly as possible. This time, however, I was upset about what my wife wanted to do. She said that the air conditioner had malfunctioned in the middle of the night and she wanted to call the HVAC company to fix it right away. I knew that an emergency call was very expensive and didn’t see why they couldn’t just make do until normal business hours. After all, air conditioning is not a requirement for living. It is still considered a luxury for the most part and only those with certain medical conditions need it to survive. My wife was upset with me for asking her to arrange for a regular appointment. I know she is stressed from all of her responsibilities and I told her I would make it up to her when I returned. Maybe I will also purchase a portable HVAC unit as a backup for her too. This would at least give her some relief in the event that the system goes down again at a time when the HVAC dealer is closed.