Carnivals never really interested me, even as a kid. They were really hot in my town during the summer, and the pun is totally intended, because they were very hot indeed! In fact, the excessive heat of our summers is the principal problem with me getting any enjoyment out of the carnival. That is, if there was any enjoyment to be had. The silly games are clearly rigged, the rides always looked old and rickety and downright deadly, at least to me, and the fried foods and cotton candy always made me sick. Without any form of air conditioning, a generally unpleasant experience turned into hell. Even during the evening when it was supposed to be cooler, the humidity and heat would still reign supreme. The few times that my friends or parents dragged me to the carnival, I was desperate to find some air conditioned spot to hide and cool off in. Often times, one of the only air-conditioned areas was a small building that contained the bathrooms that everyone used. I was often torn between having to go outside into the heat and lingering just a little longer in those dirty bathrooms to take advantage of the cold air. It was truly being stuck between a rock and a hard place. I did not visit a proper amusement park until I was 17 years old, and carnivals had turned me off to the prospect. Thankfully, the amusement park that I ended up visiting was a much better experience then the carnival of my youth.There were plenty of attractions that were indoors and air-conditioned!