Wading through a creek in the middle of summer is bliss. The cooling it gives to a hot tired body is not only cooling relief but rejuvenating as well. The feeling of the cold water on your legs and how you must ease the rest of your body is the image I use when I’m driving home from work in my truck with a broken air conditioner. And the creek I’m thinking about is the “creek” of fresh air conditioned air that I get when I walk into my house. The HVAC cooling air is a godsend. Air conditioning is worth its weight in gold when it feels like a furnace outside. To feel the cooling air waft down from the HVAC ducts in the ceiling takes me right back to that cooling water of the creek. So when I walked in and there was no cooling slap in the face from my HVAC system, I was close to bereft. Relying on the cooling relief of air conditioning can get taken for granted. And I stood there thinking what an idiot I was for not having the HVAC technician come out and tune up my air conditioning for the heat of the summer. I also tried to conjure that cooling image of the creek but it wasn’t working. The heat of the house without the air conditioning was just too much. I got on the phone to the local HVAC provider and had them send the HVAC technician. I waited by the window for the HVAC van and ran to the air conditioning technician to thank him when he arrived. I told him I needed my “creek cooling” from the broken air conditioner and he just looked at me funny.