I continue to write my humor blog, even though what people mostly want to know is why Mark Trail looks funny lately. I have heard rumors that I find plausible as an explanation, which is just as good as having actual information. So please enjoy that, along with this other normal heap of content:
- How to Fix Walking, last week's big piece, which was fun to write not just because I made up the ``Chamber of the Trustworthy'' which I think is an interesting turn of phrase.
- What Has Got Me Bedeviled This Week and yes it's me not understanding my spell check or knowing how to add words to it or remove mistakes from it.
- Statistics Saturday: Top 58 Minutes Of The Skipped Daylight Saving Time Hour, which is one of those interminable Monty Python sketches where they yell the dictionary at each other until it finally runs out.
- What's Going On In Mark Trail? Did Mark Trail leave Harvey Camel for dead? December 2019 – March 2020 and I'd have added ``and why does Mark Trail look funny lately'' but I felt like people were more curious about his new habit of leaving people for dead. Anyway I had so much fun writing this piece and someone went and left it a one-star review, even though it contains phrases like ``you're the meme now, dog'', so I know that reviewer is wrongitty wrong wrong wrong.
- Plus, when else but the day after a time change can you buy hours at 50% off? which is me tossing off a Daylight Saving Time joke that could have been a tweet as easily.
- 60s Popeye: that time he tried being Popeye the Fireman which is just looking over a good idea for a cartoon that isn't quite made into a good cartoon.
- Why does Mallard Fillmore look different now? What happened to Bruce Tinsley? which people want to know about. Nobody likes Mallard Fillmore but we want to know if we can still dunk on it.
- In Which I Am Very Petty About This Covid-19 Business, this week's big piece, in which I get all fired up about my hand-washing compulsion.
Now let us return to the night of Livonia Spree and the moment of bunny_hugger riding her 250th roller coaster!
And there's our target! The Super Cyclone, a just plain huge and travelling roller coaster. It's much like the Serpent at Kokomo's or the old Wildcat at Cedar Point, but even from this far away you can see what a big coaster that is for something they just pack up and move to a new place every two weeks.
There is ... a ... suspiciously short queue for the Super Cyclone.
And ... a strange lack of attendants. The ride was closed, and while we would not find out whether it was closed all day or had merely gone down earlier, too close to the end of the Spree to be worth putting back in operation, we would not know. This would not be bunny_hugger's 250th coaster, and she has yet to ride it.
Super Cyclone's nice-looking lighted ride sign, anyway.
Well. Then. Looking off, in defeat, away from the Super Cyclone and the Free Bird and the Ferris Wheel to see what else might be at the Spree.
Oh say, what's this? Besides something with some neat art of a giraffe and a zebra multi-hula-hooping?
Why, yes! It's a tiny little powered roller coaster. (We count powered roller coasters, ordinarily; some roller coaster enthusiasts do not. This gets into the philosophy of what a ride must do in order to be a roller coaster.)
But this looks roller coaster-y enough for us!
bunny_hugger poses for a ride milestone picture, while the operator wonders, do we really want this to be the 250th coaster? Seriously? We can't do a road trip to Canada's Wonderland or something instead?
The coaster is neither large nor long, but it spins a lot, plus you get about 22 ride cycles so you get some pretty good value for your ride coupons.
bunny_hugger posing for her post-milestone-ride photo.
It's hard to take in all of the Jungle Twist frontage but it's worth studying.
Trivia: Edward Everett Hale delivered a brief eulogy for aviation pioneer Samuel Langley in 1906. Source: To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight, James Tobin.
Currently Reading: Lost To Time: Unforgettable Stories that History Forgot, Martin W Sandler.