My hometown of Portland, Oregon, temporarily has the climate of Baghdad because cool marine air stopped blowing in from over the ocean. It has been well over 100 degrees all week, and it’s almost 90 degrees in my house. My kitchen was 95 degrees at midnight last night. Most of us who live in the Pacific Northwest have feeble air conditioning because it’s rarely this hot for so long. I’m exhausted, and it’s hard to concentrate and write. Please bear with me while our weather slowly becomes a bit more civilized.