We also noticed that the church was more comfortable than before and that seemed to be a calming influence on rambunctious kids
Eight-year-olds can have a bit of a mean streak in them and I confess that my friend Billy and I were charter members in that group. We modeled our pranks on the antics of The Three Stooges where they would bring high-brow society ladies and gentlemen to the level of a pie fight. We knew we would never pull that off, but we discovered a way to vex the elderly church ladies where our parents made us go every Sunday. Billy and I would wait until a cool, crisp, and dry autumn Sunday would roll around. We wore our rubber-soled shoes to church and would shuffle along the carpet building up a static charge. Then we would sneak up and touch one of the old church ladies and howl with laughter as they would let out a shriek as the spark discharged. We carried on with our “Spark Gang” for a few years but one day we discovered that our trick did not work anymore. We noticed that it seemed to coincide with the installation of a new HVAC system that the church had recently installed. The system maintained proper humidity to the air and thus eliminated the static charge putting the “Spark Gang” out of business. We also noticed that the church was more comfortable than before and that seemed to be a calming influence on rambunctious kids. That HVAC allowed us to sit quietly through the service and perhaps we even learned something from the sermons. And at least I could still shock my sister at home until Dad decided to install our central HVAC system at home. HVAC sure ruined a lot of fun for boys but today they have video games I could never have imagined.