Whew! It was hotter than a demon's armpit out there today. I worked as a volunteer at the +Colorado Brewers' Festival and nearly got sick from the heat. I found a great beer that I'd never tried before. And I got to tell a few folks about the Sweetspot that I was using to support my back while I sat on in the shade sipping my Lava Lake Wit. So it was a hard day (heat, chaotic volunteer situation, nausea from the heat, found out volunteers didn't get free beer, exhaustion from the heat, hardly got a break for water, overwhelming heat, never got a break for food, and incredibly dry and dehydrating heat. ... Did I mention the heat?) 

Let me back up a minute and tell you about Colorado heat. Out east, when it's hot, you've got the sweet to prove it. You're sopping wet and miserable and constantly flapping your shirt and trying to create a breeze. In Colorado, the heat is much sneakier. Because humidity is in the single digits, your sweat evaporates quickly. We had a nice breeze, so the wind was also drying, but helped you to feel a bit cooler as well. What ends up happening is that the heat knocks you on your tail without you even realizing it was headed in your direction. You think you're doing well. You know you're thirsty, but you don't think about the fact that you've drunk 2 1/2 bottles of water and not peed in hours. (That really should be a red flag right there.) Then suddenly it hits. You're nauseous and woozy and if you don't sit down soon, your body might just sit you down for you. 

Anyway, all of that to say that that's what happened to me today. I came home after my shift and lay on the couch an hour before I began to feel normal again. Then I headed out to try some beers (by this point I'd had 4 1/2 glasses of water and an Izze and I was still really dehydrated). I bought three tickets (each ticket gets you 4 oz. of beer and 12 oz. is what you get in a beer bottle, so I figured that would do it for me). I ended up giving one away to a guy that stood in the Funkwerks line with me then realized his wife had his tickets. (Funkwerks  had, by far, the longest line there today.) So I went and bought two more and boy was I glad I did. That's when I discovered the Lava Lake Witt. It has chamomile in it. I know, right? (Either your gagging right now or you're really, really intrigued.) I loved it. It was like sleepytime tea in beer form. I spent my last ticket on a second round of Wit. It was well worth it. 

As far as the volunteering goes, I'm not sure I'll do this event again. They wanted us to get there between 9:45-10:15 for a 10:30-3:00 shift. I got there at 10:15 which means I got a shirt that was too large for me because the one I'd signed up for was already given away. Then I sat in the room till about 11 until they even did anything with me. And I'd left my book in my bike. Total waste of time. Then they took us around trying to find a job for us (I was a rover.) and that was another 20 minutes or so. Then we landed somewhere and waited until 12:30 before we did anything. Did you catch that? I was there from 10:15 - 12:30 before I even started doing anything. Though they had a trouble shooter there (and he was great) the troubles were crazy insane and really should have been worked out better before hand. They should do a dry run and ask some volunteers to come in and pretend to be ticket holders. Then from 12:30-3:00 it was crazy, crazy, crazy insanely busy. I managed to get a bottle of water drunk, but I don't think that was enough. By the end I was sick from the heat. They can't help the heat. But they could have used the rovers differently (to spell people rather than to have us languish only to be abused later. If we're expected to be there 4 1/2 hours working plus 45 minutes waiting after being checked in, then they should give us a 20 minute break in there for food an water. It's one thing if we're only working 2 or 3 hours. But when you're leaning towards 5 or more, feed people.
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