Sometimes, I wish that the job opportunity that I took advantage of a couple years ago did not land me in such a brutally cold part of the country.
After college, I ended up working for a medical engineering company with a small branch in my hometown.
I was very quickly promoted because of my work ethic and high accolades, and I was ecstatic for the opportunity. That being said, I would have to pick up sticks and move to a part of the country a good 800 miles away from where I grew up. Mind you, where I grew up, the summers are warm and the winters are mild. HVAC is not as heavily used in my hometown, and if anything, you need air conditioning in the summer. That’s why it was quite a culture shock when I ended up moving. I moved in February of all months, and ended up arriving in this new city during an impressive cold front. I’ll never forget the temperature I read on the thermostat of my dashboard as I drove into the outskirts of the city. It was 9° outside! There was no snow, but some had recently fallen, and I was just praying that I wouldn’t slip and slide over the road and would eventually learn how to drive in such conditions. That’s why I’m so happy that the heating system of my vehicle was so effective. It still is, really. Anyway, I ended up finding an apartment, and though it was quite small, my number one priority was keeping warm. I’m happy to say that the landlord of the apartment was very conscientious about making sure that everyone’s heater was working well. If that wasn’t the case, I might not have stuck around!