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I've lived here a few decades and occasionally use an umbrella because I don't want my legs to get wet when walking to and from my bus stops to work. And I have a portable AC because I have a giant west-facing window on the downward slope of Capitol Hill near I5. At about 4, the temperature of my place goes from mild to ridiculous, and it doesn't cool off until about 10PM.
But I wasn't born here, so I'm not a true Scotsman. My roommate girlfriend, however, is a true Scotsman, uses an umbrella, and really, really loves the AC.
For those who don't know the "twinkie defense was always a scam, the DA took a dive.
It is common for hick-type peoples, people who were not raised in cities, to assume that any room anywhere can be cooled off simply by opening a window.
What these hick peoples do not realize is that in big modern cities, the big modern buildings do not have windows that can open, because acceptable ventilation* is a difficult and expensive problem in these big modern buildings (and those revolving doors aren't installed just to provide amusement for hick-type walkers and gawkers).
With the need for sealed windows comes the need for temperature control, it is as simple as that.
* e.g. no howling winds in corridors, no stagnant, suffocating pockets, no internal doors nearly sealed shut by air pressure, no sudden extra forces in elevator shafts, etc
So you get a childish "no one needs things I don't need" holier than thou scolding.
Where's the Buzzfeed link?
"A/C may be nice on a rare and extreme Seattle hot spell, but generally is unnecessary. More A/C is like the trend for expensive granite counter tops-- pleasant to have perhaps, but a luxury. More A/C is probably a better measure of the increasing wealth of our region than of increasing temperatures."
@27 hey: Was it Ray's on Shilshole?