My husband Tom and I work a lot of kids’ events around our city.

We dress up in costumes and do face painting and balloon animals and things like that. The kids love it, and we make quite a bit of extra money on these events, which we put into our travel fund. Usually, the events are held during the summer and we are either outside or in a big building with terrible indoor air quality. I have to be honest and say that I prefer the outdoor events, even though there’s no air conditioning available for performers like us when we are outside. There’s not even any fans or water areas or anything like that. But at least when we are outside in the summer temperatures, there is still a bit of a breeze. When we do summer events and we have to go in an inside venue, it’s always terribly hot and stuffy inside. I don’t know if the site managers just don’t know how to work the thermostat effectively for big events or what. I just know that when you have a whole bunch of squirming, active little bodies running and jumping around, you have to adjust the thermostat accordingly if you want to have the air conditioning run smoothly. Let me tell you, you haven’t been hot if you haven’t been in a big panda bear suit when the temperature in a stuffy room is eighty degrees and climbing! I do love a venue with good indoor air quality, but those seem to be few and far between around here.
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