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Sunday, July 06, 2003

Thinking cool thoughts

Yeah, itís hot here. But Iíve felt hotter.

It was the summer of Ď88. We were living in a small town in Western Michigan. That summer was the hottest most suffocating heat I can ever remember. We were living a stoneís throw from Lake Michigan. But, youíd have never known it. So much for lake effect weather.

The house we lived in didnít have any air conditioning. Actually, none of the houses around there had air conditioning. Well, I donít know if thatís a fact or not. However, it was one of the things the townsfolk liked to brag about. Even after the sun went down, the house felt like an oven.

Someone gave me tickets to an ice show. I donít recall the name of the show exactly, just that it was one of those something on ice shows. I always loved going to ice shows, especially in the heat of a long hot summer. And, I was very excited about taking my little girls to what I hoped would be their first of many ice shows. Needless to say, I really wanted to give them and myself a break from the blistering heat that was our house.

The night of the ice show, we drove over to the next town where the ice show was to be held. It was in the auditorium of a high school. That may sound like an odd place for an ice show. But, hey, this was Western Michigan, and Iíd been there so long, nothing seemed odd anymore.

As we sat in our seats in the middle of the room, I couldnít help but notice that it was just a little too warm in there for an ice show. I strained my eyes to get a look at the ice rink on the stage, but the stage was dark. I could see shadows moving around on the stage, but it was pretty quiet up there. No Zamboni up there. The longer we sat there waiting for the show to start, the hotter it got in that auditorium.

Finally, the lights came up on the stage, and ice skaters made their appearance. One thing, though. They werenít skating on ice. No. They were skating on plastic. Ice skating on plastic! In a stifling hot school auditorium. I couldnít believe it. I wanted to just get up and walk out right then, but the girls were thoroughly enjoying the show. So, we stayed until the end.

When we finally walked outside into the hot night air, it actually seemed on the cool side compared to the ice show.

Posted by Marie at July 6, 2003 8:47 PM


it was sesamie(sp?) street on ice or something like that...haha....i know, im a retard

Posted by: allie at July 7, 2003 3:52 AM