200 Words with Paul Dini #9 – THE AC CHRONICLES, Part One

April 10, 2008

Greetings from the Land of Confusion. I’m trying to get in a day’s writing on Batman while contractors are noisily installing our new air conditioning system. Castle Dinistein is a modest pre-war bungalow (and by pre-war I mean Punic) and space is tight. I have Theme Time Radio Hour cranked up but that still can’t mute the sound of electric drills.

Oh, hang on a sec, the job foreman is here and trying hard to communicate. I know several languages, but I can’t say I’m familiar with yours. Where did you boys say you were from again? Oh yeah, isn’t that the country where the President changed the word for bread to the name of his mother? Okay, now what are you saying? Dead rat in the attic? I should hope so, I put plenty traps down. Gimme the stiff, I’ll toss it. What else? Have I okayed the new revised estimate? I don’t like the sound of that, let me see the paperwork. What’s this phone number next to the new estimate line? Oh, that is the new estimate. I feel a sudden jump in temperature. AC or not, I’ll need some time to cool down. More next week…


Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/.


  1. AC is for the birds.  I’m an RN in a decent sized hospital and it was at least 85 in there last night.  I was sweating for sure.  We broke some rules and opened a couple windows.  When the contractors are done at your place send them to elmira.

  2. Hurm…mine is only a couple of years old.  I just want it to last until I sell the house. 

    I left my last house with a furnace that was "on the brink."  I was told – "it might go in 10 minutes or 10 years, it’s tough to say when they’re that old."  Sold that house in the summer…fortunately.

    No back to my leaky crawlspace…

  3. Ah…heatwave. Looks like good fodder for the iFanboy drinking game. Bets on who complains about the heat first?

  4. @target242 – Conor.  Maybe me – if I happen to be on a podcast on a hot day.

  5. We replaced our furnace/air last year.  Now we just need new windows and a tankless water heater and my house will be as "Green" as I am going to make it.

  6. Someday I’ll own something like a real grownup.  All this talk makes me feel so juvenile.

  7. Funny, it makes me feel liberated.

  8. I’m with Conor.  I was never so happy to sell my house and move into my condo.  It is one of the little pleasures in life to lay in bed and hear the maintenance guys mowing the lawn outside.

  9. Yeah, I enjoy the benefits of not owning a house right now.  Our roof was leaking during a rainfall last week.  One phone call to the landlord and it was fixed.  It made me feel like a power broker or something.

  10. It is all about perspective. I own my home and am "married with children." It has its pros and cons. But I am astounded at what you "city slickers" actually have to pay for your condos and apartments. I live in the south and what you guys pay a month for rent more than pays for my 6000 sq. foot home, cars, and comics. ..But like you said, if the roof leaks, i’ve got to fix it….

    Lord of his Domain, T. Scott Benefield, MD 

  11. I’m in college and everything is done for me!!