As a percussion professor, my girlfriend has such an interesting work life. She teaches advanced lessons at institutions all over the city, however most of the sites she works are pretty swanky private schools, and she’s compensated legitimately well for her time with these upper class children. But the strange space is, even with the enormous operating budgets at these private institutions, the art programs are largely defunded… One of the schools she works for spends millions of dollars every year in cultural programming efforts, however, for some reason, my girlfriend is teaching her lessons out of a trailer on the school grounds… Not only is this demoralizing–it’s incredibly uncomfortable for her and her students… You see, at best, these little trailers are equipped with a single window A/C unit. They are small, and there isn’t a huge volume of air to treat, yet the cooling units struggle to keep up with the temperature demand. There are multiple reasons for this. Firstly, the trailer is a tiny metal box, collecting all the heat and humidity of Atlanta and trapping it inside of a sardine can. The sun constantly pounding down onto the metal room skyrockets the indoor air temperature and creates a convection oven all afternoon long. Secondly, the window A/C units themselves are quite old and poorly taken care of. My girlfriend thinks that the air filters have never been changed out, so she’s been bringing in her own air filters to perform the routine repair herself. But even though she also thinks the freon needs to be recharged, she’s not tackling that task! I’m just blown away by the fact that parents spend nearly $200 an hour for lessons, but their kids don’t get a comfortable learning space or a real Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system.