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We're on the edge of summer here in St. Louis. Highs in the 80s (high 20s C), evenings still bearable in the 60s. The humidity is slowly creeping up so that a blanket, hot, dampness seems to fill the air. As of now, we have not put the air-conditioner on but it will be soon, I feel.

Every year, as we go through this period, I get the hope that maybe summer will not be any worse than this. Within about two weeks such wishful thinking is crushed. Still, it hasn't happened yet. Maybe this really will be a reasonable St. Louis summer… …