August 9th, 2008

krazy koati

Unless they try to play it too darn fast

With our first roller coaster ridden, bunny_hugger and I took a moment to admire the Not Quite Mighty Mouse statue and look around. The first ride we found interesting was called Rock and Roll, or something like that, one of those rides where you get into the fixed cars and they spin around on a track that rises and falls while something excessively loud is played from the speaker center. I forget the proper name for this kind of ride since I rarely see it in Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. But while it's not as much action as a roller coaster these can still be fun rides, after all.

We looked to get into the same car, but while I did fit in the Wild Mouse car, I couldn't figure a way to fit into the cars for this, not with her present. I tried a couple of the usual tricks like tucking one leg behind the other, but that just wouldn't work. I got to the car behind bunny_hugger. The ride had a ``Rock And Roll'' theme, so the cars were made to look vaguely like late-50s winged cars and the artwork was Vaguely Happy Days-ish, with a big off-level juke box in the center. I figured the music would be a heavy-beat late-50s selection, but they went instead for ... I have no idea, but it was something modern and unrecognizable to my tastes. The ride operator did a good job talking up the riders, though, with energy and cheer, and the ride included a segment riding backwards, which I'd never seen. Is this worth the same seven tickets as the Wild Mouse? Yes, perhaps so.

And our next ride -- I don't mean to describe every second of the day, but when so many things are so interesting, it's hard not to mention -- was the Log Flume. We wondered particularly about these curved plastic panels at the ends of some flumes. Our best theory was maybe they were to keep splashed water from washing into the ocean -- it's on the edge of the pier -- which seems silly but why waste the ride water? On the ascent the ride stalled momentarily, just long enough to make me feel like I was maybe too fat to have fun at theme parks properly. But then the traction caught, and we went up to get a grand view of the ocean just ahead of fluming back down. We discovered the point of the barriers: they redirected the splashing water directly back to us. That was a good purpose, as the sun was coming out and the day was warming up.

Trivia: From 1776 to 1799 Prince Leopold Friedrich Franz of Dessau sponsored annual Olympic games, each September 24. The major events were the horse race and the foot race. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.

Currently Reading: The Rise And Fall of The Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000, Paul Kennedy.