Wrapped up another week on my humor blog. Here's what ran, in case you missed it at the time:
- No, The Space Whale Probe Can Hold Off, Too. Last week's big piece, about apocalyptic thoughts. Timely! Remember last week when we were going to be at war with North Korea? Good times.
- In Which The Journey Is Its Reward, Turnip Edition. Goes by way of Wikipedia.
- Statistics Saturday: The Numbers Zero Through Twelve In Alphabetical Order With A Mistake To Lure Some Know-It-All Into Commenting. Self-explanatory.
- What’s Going On In Dick Tracy? June – August 2017. No fursuits this time.
- Meanwhile In Town. Gentrification has its very mild inconveniences!
- Dream Preview. A weird moment.
- Has The Guy Who Draws Beetle Bailey Ever Seen A Squirrel? There is only weak evidence for.
- Getting Ready For The Eclipse. This week's big piece. Timely!
So Cedar Point has announced what they're doing with the former Mean Streak, and what the new ride's name will be, and it defied my expectations by not being Vicious Streak or what it should have been, Winning Streak. Instead it's completely non-streaky. The name is Steel Vengeance, and the ride comes with a backstory about it being the personification of JRPG lawmakers come to seek revenge on Maverick, the next-nearest roller coaster, that's a representation of a horse. Unanswered: wait, vengeance on a horse?
And the entrance to Mean Streak's queue for our second and last ride on it that day. I notice with sadness that the approximate wait time for this, the last chance anyone would have to ride this, was still only 45 minutes.
Green train returning towards the entry queue. Please admire what I did with light and color there.
From the vast infield of Mean Streak. Again, please admire what I did with light and color there.
Yellow train climbing the second major hill of Mean Streak.
Footers for the roller coaster with suspicious-looking pink dots of spray paint. Note the other footers that don't have dots on them. This means something.
Mysterious wooden post marked RMC 118 stuck into the ground near one of the footers. This means something. Well, specifically, the RMC all but surely means Rocky Mountain Construction, since RMC is the outfit that turns wooden roller coasters into steel coasters. I'm not sure if Cedar Point had announced RMC was doing the conversion at the time, but it's kind of like guessing that maybe the voice actor doing that wacky-sounding cartoon animal was Frank Welker? The 118, who knows what that could mean?
Trivia: New York City adopted the orange, white, and blue of the 17th Century Dutch Flag for its own city flag in 1915. Source: The Island At The Centre Of The World, Russell Shorto.
Currently Reading: A Gambling Man: Charles II's Restoration Game, Jenny Uglow.