Last August, my kid Carly asked myself and others to chaperone his eighth grade field trip to the zoo. I thought this would be a good option to spend some time with my boy. I didn’t realize the people I was with and I would be riding in a school bus for over an hour. The morning of the field trip, the early morning temperature was already in the mid-eighties with horribly humidity. I was drenched in sweat just walking from my car to the bus. I was entirely unhappy when I realized that the outdated bus had no air conditioning whatsoever. For safety reasons, the windows only open a couple of inches. It was impossible to get a acceptable flow of fresh air. The heat and humidity, combined with faulty shocks and no seatbelts, gave myself and others a terrible headache. I was upset to get off the bus until I realized that I’d be spending the majority of the morning in the sun. There is entirely little shade at the zoo, and the animals smell entirely horrible. I was in charge of a group of four little kids, and the people I was with and I spent a lot of time in the gift shop. The gift shop is air conditioned, and it felt wonderful. I then encouraged them to explore the reptile house. The reptile house is also equipped with air conditioning. The snakes are entirely fortunate, because the rest of the animals were suffering the intense heat and humidity. After a full morning of torture, the people I was with and I once again boarded the overheated bus and bounced our way home. A little boy threw up, which made everything so much worse. I could not wait to finally get back into my own car, blast the air conditioning and drive home.