A Heat Wave and no Air Conditioner

Wildwood waterpark helps visitors stay cool.

There has been a heat wave in most of the country for the last week, one report that I heard said 48 states had or were experiencing above normal temperatures.  In the west we,too, have been in the midst of a heat wave, but the coast of California was reporting a drop in temperatures on Saturday and here in Reno were are much cooler today that we were on Friday, Thursday or Saturday. It is still hot, but getting better.  Under extreme heat conditions we are often advised by the experts to stay out of the sun and where possible go into buildings with air conditioning.

On Thursday an accident took the air conditioning out in three casinos in Atlantic City, two got enough temporary coolers going to stay open, but one Trump Plaza – as if Trump didn’t have enough problems already – closed and stayed closed until Monday.  But now all three have their air conditioning back, the temperatures are going to cool down and everything would be fine, except there is a new heater in Pennsylvania and it is getting hotter with no sign that it will ever cool off.

Three more casinos opened table games on Sunday, the last region to do so and the closest to Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia Inquirer had a story on the new games, but it was really a story about Atlantic City.  The Inquirer interviewed several people who said – “There is no more reason to go to Atlantic City.” And that is really the heat wave story – it isn’t caused by global warming, but by global gaming expansion and Atlantic City is in the center of expansion.

There is a water park on the Boardwalk – the best in the country according to a report out last week – and it promises a nice cool show for anyone wanting to get out of the heat.  I don’t think it is large enough for all of the casinos to run under the shower and get away from the slot machines and table games in Pennsylvania, a state that once provided 60 percent of Atlantic City’s customers, but now sucks as much in revenue away from the famous boardwalk and its casinos.


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