My parents have never really had much money, but it’s their own fault. They spend all the money they make on lottery tickets, beer, and fancy dinners and neglect all the things in the house that need to be repaired. When our air conditioner broke down this summer, it took my dad three weeks to finally call for an HVAC technician to come look at it. When he found out that it would cost nearly $500 to fix the air conditioner, he sent the HVAC technician away and never scheduled a follow up appointment. He said we would simply have to do without an air conditioner for the rest of the year. It’s so hot in the house because we have literally no shade covering the roof and the sun is just beating down on it all day long. I’ve been blasting the fan at night but I still can’t sleep well. I try to spend as much time as possible out of the house but I can’t leave all day. I have to take care of my little brother sometimes and I feel so bad for him. He’s obviously overheating without an air conditioner. I told my brother that when I turn 18 I am going to move out to my very own apartment and I plan on having the nicest air conditioner available. He can come sleep over whenever he wants and put the air conditioner on full blast. Just two more years to go and I can finally be free of this mess. I just want to be comfortable in my own home. Is that too much to ask for?

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