austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
austin_dern
austin_dern

Over the dead oak tree spooks arrive for the midnight spree

We'd left my car in the hotel parking lot, and pretty close to the Oceana Entrance/Exit. That had turned out to be incredibly convenient when we were going to our room. In the Hotel Breakers. Which had closed for the season at noon Sunday and was now, after 8 pm, locked up.

I had assumed there was sidewalk around this end of the hotel. You know, to walk around the place. There wasn't. There was a tall fence that made it impossible to get to the car except by walking around the whole length of the Hotel Breakers. Down the boardwalk. The unlit boardwalk.

Well, what was there to do but hike around the Hotel? ... We couldn't think of anything, at least. We started walking.

So, a couple months ago I learned of a plaque at the University of Pennsylvania noting where, once, Former President Gerald Ford had gotten stuck in an elevator for like 20 minutes. This led me to a web site that tracks where plaques are and what they say. Most are about more serious matters. But I'd found on it that Cedar Point had two plaques along the boardwalk, and we'd thought to spend some time on the weekend finding them. We'd forgotten the whole weekend. And now we got to see them without particularly seeking them out. One denotes the rough location where, in 1913, Knute Rockne and Gus Dorias saved college football from its reputation as a brutal death-sport by inventing and debugging the forward pass. Another plaque, right nearby, denotes aviation pioneer Glenn H Curtiss, and his August 1910 flight from Cleveland to Cedar Point and back, then a record for nonstop flight over water.

Still, it was a lot of walking. I took advantage of my long legs to run ahead of bunny_hugger and bring the car up to her, saving another ten minutes or so of walking while exhausted. And then we could head home peacefully and without incident.

Except that bunny_hugger tried taking out her contact lenses in the car, and a bad bump in the road left that lens missing. We'd had to stop at a hotel just off the point to go into the lobby bathroom and fish it out under the better light. And then we could head home peacefully and without incident.

Except for the previously mentioned lack of vegetarian-friendly hot roller foods at the Speedway. But, I mean, having to eat Bugles instead of cheese in a fried dough covering is really not much of an incident.

We'd go the next day down to bunny_hugger's parents, there to carve pumpkins and retrieve Columbo. It was the latest we'd carved pumpkins, relative to Halloween. But we didn't have any better time for it, and it left us with jack-o-lanterns in perfect shape for Halloween itself. They stayed in perfect shape surprisingly long, too, without the nibbling by squirrels that usually demolishes them. Good season, really.

Trivia: The Imperial Chinese calendar began the day at midnight, and a month with the new moon as observed in Beijing. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: Carousel and Automatic Music News, September/October 2017. Editor Rosanna Harris. One of the magazines I bought at the Merry-Go-Round Museum,


PS: Let's take in a movie theater!

SAM_1122.jpg

Second floor of the Michigan Theater taken through the slightly arty perspective filter, and the building's wall of mirrors.


SAM_1141.jpg

The balcony above and the aisles below. ... Well, I guess that's the men's room above, but two floors, anyway.


SAM_1150.jpg

Inside the Dawn Treader here's a ship's masthead faintly looking out on a patron. Also the cover for my spoken-word album.


Tags: ann arbor, halloweekends
Subscribe

Posts from This Journal “halloweekends” Tag

  • Oh what fun Great Pumpkin brings when Halloween is here

    One weird little side note happened on driving back from Cedar Point. That was at the Speedway in Maumee where we always stop for a break and to…

  • And sing pumpkin carols tonight

    Speaking of Rougarou, subject of our hand stamp from when we left the park for a few moments: we hadn't ridden it yet this visit or, possibly, this…

  • What fun it is to trick-or-treat

    The Midway Buffet is close to where the Halloweekend parade either starts or ends, depending on whether it goes from front of the park to the back…

  • Making spirits bright

    I woke up first, as usual, Sunday. As bunny_hugger got the day organized I packed up what I could and moved it to our car. We had a…

  • Halloween is here

    By the time we were back to our hotel, and feeling warmed up, and had got some necessary work done, it was already twilight. We thought about…

  • Laughing all the way

    Saturday at Cedar Point we started by leaving Cedar Point. We always visit the Merry-Go-Round Museum in downtown Sandusky. Since everywhere to eat…

  • To each house we go

    We walked towards the front of the park, through the Frontier Trail which in past years had been a steampunk-themed walk-through haunted…

  • In costumes bright and gay

    We got to the Hotel Breakers later than we originally wanted, of course. We didn't have to wait through a long line checking in, though, something…

  • Dashing through the streets

    We were always going to go to Cedar Point for a weekend visit sometime during October. The lone question was when. I suggested we go closing…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments