austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
austin_dern
austin_dern

We've been having fun all summer long

The statue we picked up while on the way to Kokomo's family fun center, as part of generally making a mild bit of fuss for my birthday. It's the nearest place we could go to ride a roller coaster, and it's a generally nice spot with a miniature golf course that subtly turns into a perfectly deranged set of eighteen holes without ever going self-consciously wacky. This is the course that includes that infamous-to-us hole that goes on three levels and can not even in theory be done as a hole in one; it can barely be done as a hole-in-two. bunny_hugger managed two holes-in-one, to my one, though a couple of bad holes on the back nine meant I came out ahead.

And it was a fun day, too, a good evening for spending outside, and one with the neat event of a fire rainbow --- a rainbow visible inside the clouds, something we'd only ever seen once before, while driving to Morphicon. We were able to putter around outside and ride the Serpent, then head out to dinner at the Hello Sushi restaurant (despite a cute-sounding name it's a serious and mildly upscale place, with a quite good selection and speedy service), then come back around. That included a turn on the go-karts that we think we've ridden before but surely only the once; unfortunately there weren't other people karting with us, draining some of the fun.

And we got some further rides on the Serpent in, including one with a couple of other Kokomo's employees sitting in the train and clowning around with the roller coaster operators (the employees sounded like they were in high spirits, either because it's a happy place to work or because the season is coming to an end and everything frustrating is soon to pass into history) who either out of distraction or mischievousness failed to stop our train at the station, so there was nothing to do but send us around again. I'm pretty sure I've never before had a roller coaster fail to stop; it's been years for bunny_hugger. What a sweet little bonus, though.

Trivia: The Russian revolutionaries in 1917 abandoned their own calendar to observe May Day the same date as the western world. Source: The Invention Of Tradition, Editors Eric Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger.

Currently Reading: New Jersey: A History of the Garden State, Editors Maxine N Lurie, Richard Veit.

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