Let's get around to some pictures, starting with Funtown Splashtown USA. We didn't get into the Splashtown area, though I assume all of it was in the USA.
Tickets! I have an irrational love for parks where you get real actual tickets printed on card stock. The time stamp on this indicates the register at the Biddeford Saco (Maine) Chamber of Commerce was running on Atlantic Time, or else over-achieved for Daylight Saving Time. The date stamp also indicates they record stuff British-style there, since we went in early August.
Excalibur! From the parking lot you get tempting views of their wooden roller coaster and its attractive station. To the right of the picture would be the lift hill, with a warning from the king to not stand during the ride.
An actual honest-to-goodness Photo Spot. There's also one by the Excalibur station. That one hasn't got any dragons, Chinese or Otherwise, near it. The sidewalk goes underneath the dragon's central arch.
Bumper car ride at Funtown Splashtown USA. We didn't have time to ride, alas, but I love the well-kept styling of the older building and a name that I'm assuming they put on the ride during the brief Laugh-In revival in 1979.
Funtown Splashtown USA's Wild Mouse roller coaster. I particularly like the calypso-tree lights and am sorry not to have seen this in the dark. It's at one far end of the park, overlooking trees that suggest you're at the end of the world.
And, of course, it's time to review my humor blog posts of the past week. These have included:
- An Open Letter To The Spider Building Its Web Across Our Side Door, this week's major piece and I hope something that will bring tranquility to the side door.
- Lesson Learned From The Dream About Moving My Parents Out Of Their Old Home, just as it says.
- Robot Motherhood Update in case you needed to hear something about this.
- In Which I Learn A Tiny Little Bit About Soviet Children’s Cinema Of The 1930s and am naturally a bit amused by it all.
- What’s Snuffy Smith’s Name? And I don't know, and who does?
- Statistics Saturday: Hamlet’s To Be Or Not To Be Soliloquy, In Order --- something crossing the line between silly bit of whimsy and formalist poetry.
- Nothing Is Happening In Apartment 3-G: What Was That Something That Happened In Apartment 3-G? My best guess: all narrative has given up, to match the artwork collapsing.
- Peeking In On The ThunderCats, last week's major piece. What I get for reading Wikipedia's episode summaries of stuff.
Trivia: Paris built new city walls in the 1830s. Source: 1848: The Revolutionary Tide in Europe, Peter N Stearns.
Currently Reading: Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii To Iraq, Stephen Kinzer.
PS: Mean Green Math Likes Me. Just sayin'.