The humor blog had another fine week, I think, thanks in part to carrying some good news. What was it, and when did it appear? See if you can find in this roster of things published the past week:
- Returning To The Alarms, more of my running theme of stuff that makes me nervous.
- How Things Are Going In This 1983 Kool-Aid Man Comic Book, a picture I didn't even take.
- Statistics Saturday: Pennsylvania Municipalities With Other States' Names which shows off that well-known comic idea of ``funny place names''.
- What's Going On In Mark Trail? When does Mark Trail get to punch a yeti? September – December 2019 and no, he hasn't punched one yet. James Allen stories take a while to resolve.
- Also Alarming Me, These Days is my inability to find one pen cap. Send help.
- 60s Popeye has his Skyscraper Capers a cartoon that's not really animated well, but has a fair bit of amusing business along the side.
- Sorry to interrupt, but The Far Side web site is posting stuff in case you're interested in a comic strip from the 80s.
- Some Books You Can Get Me For Christmas, this week's big piece, that started out as me making fun of my reading interests and then went and turned into at least two book proposals that could actually sell.
And now we're coming to the end of Elitch Gardens pictures! Don't worry, there's more amazing spectacles of the Denver area to come.
And then in the last hours of the day, the Half Pipe coaster opened up! So we hopped in the line.
There's the one platform, given a skateboard styling. The seats are this free-rotating carousel; as the ride rocks back and forth, the people on this spin around the center axis. It's a weird motion.
So the ride's a perfect 10, I guess. Up front's the U shape of the Half Pipe track; in the background, a drop tower and a Ring of Fire-type ride.
Looking back at the Half Pipe's loading station.
Boomerang as seen by night. We didn't get a night ride, since it's such a low-priority coaster for us and there wasn't so much night time, but it does look great.
We did make time for a night ride on Twister II, which we weren't positive would be reopened after the weather.
The loading platform of Twister II by night.
We waited for a front-seat ride, since after all, who could say when we'll be back, or in what circumstances?
Peering up at the Twister II controls after our last ride of the day.
And looking back at the station as we left it.
Some of the park paths, and the swing ride, and the Ferris Wheel by night.
Up at the edge of the path we get to see the reflections in the water and the crane-class birds nesting around the side of the lake.
Trivia: The American Red Cross had more volunteers in World War I than in World War II, despite the nation's population growing about thirty percent by the time of the later war. Source: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, John M Barry.
Currently Reading: Order, Order! The Rise and Fall of Political Drinking, Ben Wright. Primarily in the British political class (Wright's British), so this book was more fun to look at when I borrowed it from the library, before the General Election returned the worst possible result.