March 28th, 2013

krazy koati

On the flying turns I'll bet you can't keep her smiling

Friday we actually slept right through the breakfast buffet, but we're prone to doing that and trusted we'd be able to find somewhere to eat regardless. We went to a bar, actually, just past the turnoff for Cedar Point Proper, the Thirsty Pony. It's attached to a hotel and an indoor water park because so is everything else. It's also a wonderfully cheesey place that's devoted much of its space to figuring out ridiculous new things into which beer might be poured: yard-tall tumblers and squeezable guitars and so on. They even have a gimmick where you can get a blender full of something made and take the blender home, which suggests to us that Ohio either has no open-bottle laws for its vehicles or it just doesn't look closely at what's going on along Lake Erie anymore. We had fried things, with a side order of more fried things, because they're really good at fried things there. We could probably stand to get more.

Next we ventured along the streets to find the Merry-Go-Round Museum for a rare out-of-season visit. We were the only people there when we arrived so assured the docent we didn't need the full spiel of carousel history and context. Then another party arrived, but they were repeat visitors too, and didn't need the explanations any more than we did. bunny_hugger and the docent got to just chatting, sharing merry-go-round gossip, and we talked about getting to the other operating derby racers --- at Rye Playland and at Blackpool --- besides Cedar Points while agreeing that carousels aren't run fast enough. The docent got quite excited about a carousel in Colorado, because bunny_hugger had been to the state without riding it, and even found a great real-estate-offerings-type guidebook to carousels to show the data about it.

The rotation of museum items continues; the couple of mounts they had from Euclid Beach Park have been returned to Cleveland, and taking their place were some other animals including one from Boblo Island. That had been a Detroit-area park before the general decline of local parks and of Detroit localities claimed it, so, it's heartening to see pieces of that still able to emerge. At the gift shop I picked up a fascinating carousel magazine, Carousel News and Trader, which had equally intriguing articles and advertisements and we realized that getting an antique figure, if we weren't looking for anything too famous, might be ... not absurdly impossible to buy.

After we went looking for coffee and popped into a coffee shop which proved to be the Sandusky version of our own Gone Wired (which now has another name but who cares), with the irregular collections of overstuffed chairs and local artist works on the wall and a coffee so fantastic that bunny_hugger was still thinking about it hours later. Somehow we hadn't been here before, as best we can tell. This is odd because we remember a previous Merry-Go-Round Museum visit when we wandered around the streets of Sandusky looking for anyplace which was open and where we could get a snack and a drink. We must've gone down that road because we'd seen the State Theater --- where, back then, they were advertising a performance by The Amazing Kreskin, who was not dead then (or now, apparently) --- and that's just opposite the coffee shop. Maybe it's new.

Trivia: Alexis de Toqueville visited Manchester, England, in 1835. Among his description: ``From this foul drain the greatest stream of human industry flows out to fertilize the whole world. From this filthy sewer pure gold flows. Here humanity attains its most complete development and its most brutish; here civilization works its miracles, and civilized man is turned back almost into a savage.'' Source: Coal: A Human history, Barbara Freese.

Currently Reading: A History Of Venice, John Julius Norwich.