I spent a brief period of time really working at an small bookstore. Like most indie businesses, we had a really interesting way of doing things. I loved how our used return plan worked, plus I thought our pricing plan really benefited the clients, all while keeping the shop cheap but profiting. However, giving out great deals meant the two of us had to split corners elsewhere. I had to get to know our our heating, ventilation, and A/C if I wanted to be comfortable while I ran the shop. This meant that among my checklist for the month, I regularly wrote “Don’t forget the air filter,” in big permanent black marker, in all caps, across the bottom of the paper. The checklist was for the whole shop, and almost everyone would sign off on who did what monthly cleaning and when. However, my bosses would never ever touch the air filter. Fortunately, I am really much my father’s child and I am not stranger to messy tasks. I did a whole lot of internet browsing to learn how to wash that old Heating, Ventilation, and A/C filter, and even asked my dad for some pointers so I would mess anything up. I may have had to keep an extra change of clothes incase the filth made me disgusting while I cleaned the air filter before the shop opened in the mornings, but it was worth it. The air conditioning never gave us any major concerns once I started my official filter cleanings, plus the clients were regularly glad to browse plus shop for a long while I was in our fantastic AC.