You know, I’ve always believed that it takes a close call to scare someone straight. When you assume that you’re merely a single quiz from being failed out of a course, the reality hits you that you’re about to lose your college scholarship! Suddenly, just like that, you’re the world’s greatest student! The same goes with several other situations in life, as I’ve seen and experienced myself! One of the most harrowing experiences of my life came when I was about twenty years old,. I was living in an house with two friends at the time, and we were the definition of lazy back then! Dishes sat in the sink for days, clothes went unwashed for weeks, and at one point I was pretty sure we had a drifter crashing on our couch for a week. We had no respect for our living situation, and no matter how many times we suffered from our laziness, we wouldn’t change our ways! Well, things changed over the following summer. It was incredibly hot, and thunderstorms were an everyday occurrence. With all the heat and humidity came a much higher potential for our HVAC system to have issues as we were working it day and night. That poor air conditioning system was set to sixty-six degrees, all day every day! After about a month of trying to keep up with our demands, the HVAC system seemed to shut down on its own one day We didn’t know until we came home from work or college, and the house was already up to the mid-eighties! We called our house management to tell them what was happening, and they cut us off over the phone. “Yeah, the we know that your system isn’t on – we had to turn it off because your outdoor system caught fire earlier!” We couldn’t believe what we heard! The management told us that we wouldn’t have air conditioning for at least four days and the weight of our error came crashing down on us all at once! Never again did we take the air conditioning system for granted.