As of late I have been enjoying a lunchtime beer with my mailman in the afternoons.
After he has finished his route (which I am near the end of) he will park out front and join for a “social distance” drink on my front porch.
He is an interesting guy, a military vet and former cop with a lot of great stories to tell. I don’t need to tell you how hot it has been recently, this summer is shaping up to be the hottest one ever, so I was asking him about the mail truck. You’ve seen them before, missing a door, and I found out it had no air conditioning in it! I can’t imagine spending that many hours a day in a car with no AC, what fresh torture that must be. He told me it was all a question of mind over matter, because a lack of cooling still didn’t compare to his time spent overseas in the military. He would go weeks in the desert without even the slightest whiff of air conditioning, not to mention the lousy air quality and the sand storms. He said that if he had his choice, he would of course have AC in the mail truck, but it never occurred to him to complain about it to his bosses. He said that when winter came around the heater worked just fine, which is much more important than having a cooling system. It was the same reason that he never asked to come inside and feel my AC, he was just fine sitting out in the heat.