The Bad Hand

“He’s not getting up from that hit and he looks to be in great pain” were the announcer’s words as he reported on the star quarterback of a team I had just placed a heavy bet on.

The injured QB was carted off the field and my team went on to lose by a wide margin. No one saw that coming, but it is proof that life can deal out a “bad hand” from time to time. Poker is another activity where a bad hand will cost you money unless you have advanced bluffing skills. You may luck out and fill an inside straight with your last draw, but the truth is, you never know what will happen in football and poker. With other things in life, there are warning signs that something bad is about to happen. This is particularly true with a home’s HVAC system that will put the owner on notice with rattles, thumping, and squealing noises. The bad hand has been dealt and the owner must choose a course of action. It’s tempting to ignore it and hope it simply goes away, but that’s like bluffing with a bad poker hand against professional players. The next option is to get your toolkit and begin hammering away to find the source of the HVAC noise. This may put you in the hospital next to your star quarterback if you hit a gas line or fail to discharge a capacitor while “exploring” the compressor unit. The safe bet is to fold your hand by turning off the HVAC unit, and making a call to a qualified HVAC technician. In most cases, the trouble with your heating and cooling system will be minor, easily repaired and you’ll still have enough cash left over to make ill-advised bets.


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