I pushed through the exit and made my way to the backstage door.
The air was thick and humid, causing my black t-shirt to stick to my chest.
My black jeans and boots were probably too warm for this spring heat, but I wore this style of clothing every day, whatever the weather. Seeing the performers begin to pile out the door, I leaned against the auditorium wall, resting my foot against the white-painted brick. We had done a previous job the previous day. The indoor air quality was impeccable, even with so many people present. The University had called the home service company because they needed a way to improve the air quality ahead of the big night at their theater. I was the HVAC technician chosen to handle the situation. The theater had a smart HVAC, but more than its air purification help would be needed since it had a substantial capacity. I called my team for duct cleaning so that we could install a whole home air purification unit. We also replaced the air filter while we were at it. One of the HVAC professionals serviced the HVAC equipment while we were at it. Our work was done with the air purification system in check and the HVAC running smoothly. My girlfriend was performing during the big night, so I had to attend, and I could testify that we did a great job in indoor air purification. I watched Maggie talking to fellow orchestra members. Her cello performance blew me away, as usual. She performed with closed eyes, but you could feel the emotion in every note, and her face told it all.