On the other hand, waiting for the Zamboni to complete its work required the patience of Job. Though the ice-resurfacing usually took no more than five-to-ten minutes, to me -- dressed full equipment and eager to get on the ice -- it felt like hours, particularly when I was forced to wait behind teammates that never aired out their hockey equipment.
Ah, I can still recall the pungent aroma of mildew and some revolting, unpronounceable French mold-ripened cheese wafting in the air. Sometimes it was thick enough to make me dizzy. No kidding. On occasions like that, the Zamboni seemed to move about as fast as a lame brontosaurus giving a Tyrannosaurus Rex a piggyback ride.
All the same, it was still better than the manual hand flooder. I have no idea how long it took to clean the ice prior to 1949, but I imagine it was considerably longer than it took a Zamboni to resurface it, which means my exposure to the noxious fumes my teammates' equipment emitted would have also been considerably longer -- long enough to cause permanent damage to my olfactory system.
With this in mind, I express my gratitude to Frank Zamboni for inventing the Zamboni, but that Zamboni is not the Zamboni to which I ultimately wish to draw everyone's attention in this post.
The Zamboni I want to draw everyone's attention to is the Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Zamboni (c. 1664-1721), of whom little is known.
Fortunately, many of Zamboni's compositions have survived, such as these pleasing lute compositions, played here by Yavor Genov, who also played on the Neusidler lute link I left on this blog a couple of months ago.