I’ve never in my life felt that air conditioning is a necessity for me. I understand that it is in other parts of the country, such as the southwest or the southeast, but in my part of the country it’s cold most of the year. You would think this would mean we get mild summers, but that’s not the case. The summer here is short, but it is blistering. While we never have a day in the triple digits, our state is along the ocean, and that means we stuck in the soup a lot. Folks like to joke that in the winter we eat chowder, but the in the summer we live in it. I can take the heat; no matter how hot it gets I can dress for the occasion and take care of myself just fine. The key is in loose cotton clothes and plenty of water. But when it gets humid I just can’t stand it. I have a very fancy fan that I found on clearance that manages to blow cold air. It helps a great deal, but it doesn’t cut it. Maybe I should just suck it up and buy an air conditioner after all? I’m debating buying a window AC unit second hand or used, but I worry that an older model will just run up the utility bill, and I can’t afford that either. I’m trying to put it off as long as possible in hopes that a storm front will roll in and break the humidity. Then I won’t need to buy an AC unit at all.