I worked in a small concert hall for a few years with barely functional HVAC

I can’t imagine what the humidity was like inside

When I moved back home with my mom to help take care of her full time, I had a remote job that paid me good money. Shortly after moving, I had to take a big pay cut from that job to retain my employment status and that meant looking for work locally. And since my employment contract has a non-compete clause in it, that meant I had to find work in a different industry entirely. That’s what led me to searching Craigslist for job openings in areas as diverse as food service, hospitality, and retail. I was relieved when I saw a job opening at a nearby concert hall just minutes away from my mother’s residence. They were looking for someone to help load and unload music equipment for the bands playing. One night I got to see Marty Stuart and another night we set up gear for Eddie Money. They weren’t the biggest concerts, but they were packed and full of energy. Unfortunately the venue rarely used air conditioning. It was only on during concerts and it was relegated to the front of the hall, all of the areas backstage would be warm and uncomfortable. There was a kitchen in the back as well and it would get miserably hot during the shows. Needless to say, the lack of indoor climate control led to nasty odors in that venue when it was left shut with no ventilation for several days at a time. I can’t imagine what the humidity was like inside. It had to have been over 70% on several occasions, especially considering this was in a region with extremely high outdoor humidity levels.


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