Last June, my daughter Carly asked me to chaperone her fourth grade field trip to the zoo.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to spend some time with my daughter. I didn’t realize we would be riding in a school bus for over an hour.  The day 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 very unhappy when I realized that the ancient bus had no air conditioning whatsoever. For safety reasons, the windows only open a couple of inches. It was impossible to get a sufficient flow of fresh air.  The heat and humidity, combined with faulty shocks and no seatbelts, gave me a terrible headache. I was anxious to get off the bus until I realized that I’d be spending the majority of the day in the sun. There is very little shade at the zoo, and the animals smell absolutely horrible.  I was in charge of a group of four little girls, and we 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 very fortunate, because the rest of the animals were suffering the intense heat and humidity.  After a full day of torture, we once again boarded the overheated bus and bounced our way home. A little boy threw up, which made everything so much worse. I couldn’t wait to finally get back into my own car, blast the air conditioning and drive home.

air conditioning system