Last night I ventured to a new watering hole after learning about it during Sauna Awareness Month from one of the new regulars, let’s call him Roger (not his real name) who works there. Here’s the transcript:

Me: Hey is Roger working?
Woman behind the counter: Nope. You a friend of his?
Me: Yeah, we’re friends… just met through a sauna group.
Her: So that’s…like, a real thing?
Me: Saunas?
Her: No, that group.
Me: Oh, yeah, it’s real. The 612 Sauna Society. It’s just a group of folks here in South Minneapolis that…
Her: Yeah, yeah, I know. I’ve heard ALL about it. Sounds gross.
Me: Hmmm, well, if you think sweat is gross but…
Her: Can’t believe it’s a real thing, but glad to hear it…
Me: Even though you think it’s gross?
Her: Well, whatever… Roger was supposed to hang out with me the other night but he stood me up to join your little sweat group. I thought he was lying. I mean, wouldn’t you?
Me: Well, he wasn’t. He was there. Next time you should come too!
Her: What can I get you man? [Looking very, VERY annoyed]