It was so close in the bedroom last night, with more similar nights ahead, that I went right out and got a new air conditioner. First I looked at K-Mart and Ace Hardware, neither of whom have air conditioners for sale. Then I looked online, starting with Hudson Appliance — where we got our fridge, stove, etc. Whose air conditioners start at $1,700. So I hightailed it to Lowe’s near BJ’s, and found a 6,000 BTU air conditioner (perfect for rooms up to 250 square feet, and ours is 240) for less than $200. Putting it together right out of the box was a fairly new thing for me. But there it is, and the seal is not airtight. Hence old socks.