As if the hand that life dealt me up until this point in my lifetime hadn’t been rough enough, my husband of 50 years and the father to my kids passed away just over a month ago. To assist during the unquestionably trying time, my kids chose to stay around for a few weeks after the homegoing events and services to provide some much needed emotional support. In addition to being the mental anchor I undoubtedly needed at the time, my kids decided to bless me with a series of condolence gifts, one of which was a vehicle air conditioner system upgrade.
The gift feature actually turned out to be an entirely new vehicle–a new car equipped with a voice-controlled (VC) heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system. While having a new car speaks for itself, the VC A/C feature was pretty neat in and of itself, too. The way my kids explained the aspect was that it was like that new and improved hands-free feature, called Bluetooth, but for the air conditioner. Now, when I was out driving “Louise” around, sightseeing and pit-stopping at all the hotspots around the town, I could do so without having to touch a knob on my vehicle’s A/C-related dashboard, except to turn it on and off.
The feature was set up to take commands, both general and direct, with respect to the temperature settings. For example, I could command the unit to set itself at a specific temperature or tell it to rise to a generally warmer or lower to a cooler temperature. Overall, it was a pretty far out feature if you asked me!