austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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I am in Paradise

It's hot. Here's my humor blog for the past week. The question about what to watch now that I'm out of Talkartoons is still open, by the way. Give me your best ideas about stuff I can watch and explain to people. I'm listening.

Back to my not-actually-endless poking around Casino Pier.

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And here I try to one-up my night photo of the Ferris wheel, with the sky lift in front bringing people around.


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Risen from the ashes! More or less. The Berkeley Sweet Shop was destroyed in the Funtown Pier fire, with the destruction of their antique taffy-pulling machinery ultimately the killing blow. But someone found a machine of the same kind and opened this successor, near Casino Pier rather than Funtown Pier, and a new version of the shop is running. I'm not sure what exactly the link between the old shop and the new is, apart from the name which you can see went through slight mutation anyway. The important thing is: pick-and-mix salt water taffy.


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And looking at the pier, at night, from around the Berkeley Candy shop. Dang but light is a great thing, isn't it?


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Oh yeah, one of these hot dog sculptures, in a pizza(?) place along the boardwalk. There's a bunch of these hot dogs dousing themselves in mustard along there.


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There's a small display of Casino Pier artifacts. This, dated 1997, is the layout for the Wild Mouse that would be my and bunny_hugger's first ride together so if you wanted to make us something in Roller Coaster Tycoon, here you go.


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One of the Musik Express cars from the old pier, after Superstorm Sandy smashed the pier and dragged this through the sand.


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Souvenir T-shirt, and a photograph of the pier as it looked before October 2012, along with one of the gargoyles that used to rest outside the Stillwalk Manor, a great dark-ride haunted house destroyed by the Superstorm.


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Warning sign for Jet Star/Star Jet, the roller coaster that dropped into the water in all those famous pictures of the Superstorm's aftermath.


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Bunch of old Casino Pier tickets, including in the lower right some that were in use when bunny_hugger and I visited before the storm. No idea the vintage of each of these although the graphic design would probably offer some hints.


Trivia: Alfred Nobel's will named chemical engineer Ragnar Sohlman and his assistant Rudolph Lilljeqvist as executors, apparently without their knowledge. They had little to do with shaping the committee that would award the Nobel Prizes. Source: Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering, Henry Petroski.

Currently Reading: A Short History of Machine Tools, L T C Rolt. I wanted a good explanation of why they were all so-fired important in playing Sid Meier's Colonization but you could never actually make any.

Tags: casino pier, fifth anniversary trip, humor
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