My neighbour and I decided to throw a party for the youngsters in our neighbourhood. It was neither a birthday nor Christmas party, but most of the children in our neighbourhood are from terrible families and rarely, if ever, get the chance to have fun with their friends. We prepared loads of sandwiches and drinks and two parents contributed cakes. Balloons, paper cups and a few decorations came courtesy of the P.T.A. who also gave the tunes and provided the hall for the party itself. Of course, what kid’s party is complete without a clown? We were pleased as things kicked off around 5PM that night. Almost every child in the neighbourhood was present for the party! While it was spring, and the weather was unusually cool, we were taking no chances with climate control. Prior to the party, my neighbor and I convinced a friend – who is an Heating and A/C technician – to tune up the HVAC unit that cooled the hall. His response was that he had installed that same system himself, and didn’t believe it needed servicing. Still, he would send one of his techs to check it out, just to be sure. It was almost nine at night, and the children were dancing and enjoying themselves when we noticed a change in the temperature. The hall began to feel hot and sticky. More terrifying was when I noticed the clown’s makeup running, making him look terrifying to the children. Obviously, the Heating and A/C unit had stopped working. The party wasn’t completely ruined, but it definitely dampened spirits.