August 16th, 2008

krazy koati

Sailing for adventure on the deep blue sea

It may sound like we did a lot of walking back and forth on the pier. Well, we did: it was a beautiful day and we were mighty happy talking, occasionally about the items that were on the pier. They have, for example, a ride called Moby Dick, which is about two dozen seats which are rotated, sideways, and lifted up and then back down again, in a fashion designed to disorient the rider. I don't know the general name for this sort of ride, but the theme which justifies the title is an amusing one: the backdrop is of the White Whale, in turbulent seas, with a whaling ship in the distance not having a really good time of it. As the seats swing around and around, the counterbalance is weights covered up to look like waves. And riders who do get on this are on a long ride: based on my admittedly distracted observations the ride lasts almost as long as my Thermodynamics course Junior year.

There was one roller coaster ride -- as entered in the Roller Coaster database, at least -- which we didn't take. This is a small one called Hot Tamales, and we were pretty sure it was a children's ride, mostly because the track was just a short loop a couple dozen feet in diameter with a few modest hills, and the cars themselves were tethered to a central post. Furthermore, the front of the car was a Public Domain Cartoon version of the front of Speedy Gonzales, complete with sombrero being held on. Furthermore, out the last car has the tail and hindlegs of a similarly dressed mouse. The result is to suggest a curious transporter accident in which Speedy Gonzales's beam crossed that of the New York Central's, but, that's all in pretty good fun. Outside the ride was another of the statues, this one being Public Domain Bugs Bunny in blue jeans and red shirt sitting on a tree stump and waving, and why shouldn't there be one there?

Trivia: Of the (at least) nineteen nations to participate in the 1908 London Olympic Games, only the United States and United Kingdom entered the tug-of-war. The United States sent one team to this event; the United Kingdom, three. In a dispute over the shoes worn, the United States team made no attempt to win. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.

Currently Reading: The Arms of Krupp, 1587-1968, William Manchester.