I love to escape the heat whenever I go to minor league hockey games

However it is done, the building’s central air conditioning manages to keep the air from getting warm enough to start melting the ice

When you live in the south, it’s normal to face intense heat waves through the entirety of each year, at seemingly random intervals. We have been lucky to go several weeks at a time with comfortable winter weather where temperatures hover in the high 40s and low 50s. Intermixed with these chunks of cold weather are strange surges of heat that come and go, breaking any sense of climate normalcy. This is during a season that is as constant as the rising sun for many in other areas of the country, where snow and ice bombards everything for five to six months straight. After moving away from this climate years ago, I thought I would never miss the freezing winters and would find paradise in the cyclical southern heat waves. It has gotten so pathetic that I am going to minor league hockey games more often now just to escape the heat. Instead of getting together at an outdoor bar with friends and drowning in sweat the whole time, we get to enjoy beer in a massive climate controlled arena. Instead of merely watching the game on TV screens above the bar, we can watch them first hand. That ice has to stay frozen somehow, so the building’s HVAC system is working twice as hard since the outdoor conditions are so brutal to begin with. However it is done, the building’s central air conditioning manages to keep the air from getting warm enough to start melting the ice. I find it funny that a sport I haven’t had much interest in since I was a child is now becoming a serious hobby just because of how weak I am with this region’s heat. To think that I originally wanted to move to the desert by this time in my life is just sheer insanity to me now.

 

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