My wife and I live in a small South Florida condo. We knew the A/C unit (2-ton compressor outside; handler in the laundry room) was not long for this world. Hoped it would last into the new year but no such luck. So I'm here with the two guys listening to Ozzy and making our place livable. It's 82 outside right now (with 63% humidity). That's better than recent temps in the high 80s but warm enough to need A/C. It could be 80 on Christmas day for all we know. Wouldn't be the first time. My mom and dad moved down here in '55. They didn't have A/C. Most people they knew didn't either, maybe one window unit. In those days, 7/11 is where you went to feel a blast of cold air. Terrazzo floors, breezeways, fans, that's what made life tolerable. There are still some old-timers here who don't like A/C and don't have one, but for the rest of us, it is considered a necessity, not a luxury. The last time I was out A/C for an extended period was after hurricane Wilma, back in October of 2005. Was without electricity for 9 days after that. Made coffee on a propane camping grill. Stars are much brighter, and the sky is fuller of them (-from our perspective) when there is no ground light shining.