On the west side of the Cascades, very few homes have air conditioning because the expense isn't justified by the three or four days a year the units might be necessary. Before I moved to Sunnyside I lived in a 1950's era home surrounded by evergreens. It was cool in the summer and freezing in the winter. Sometimes during the summer the heat would turn itself on because the home was so cold. Since moving out here I've had air conditioning in my house. As a result, I never really experienced a Sunnyside summer at its worst until this past week. Sometime last week our poor air conditioner stopped working at full capacity. It wasn't really noticeable until the end of last week, as the days went from warm to hot. As the outside temperature increased the air conditioner could not keep up. Inkwell the cat got increasingly annoyed at me and my husband for not providing him with comfortable temperatures. And I found I couldn't sleep when the temperature in the bedroom went higher than about 85 degrees. We suffered through until the wonderful guy from TJ's arrived yesterday and put things right. I'm grateful for the technology that allows a weather wimp like me to survive here in the Yakima Valley. And, it's good to be reminded once in awhile of what that technology is doing for me.