I thought we had worked out the Halloweekend parade routing --- going from front to back of the park one day, and from back to the front the next, minimizing the time that has to be spent moving floats around after park hours (or worse, during them) --- based on our past experience. So of course we were looking the wrong way when the parade started. It's clearly a subtler thing than we realized.( Collapse )
This does add, though, to the list of weird operational anomalies that we've seen at amusement parks this year, including GateKeeper having to get an emergency hose-down for us, the Cedar Creek Mine Ride going through its whole test run with weights for us, being launched on Idlewild's Rollo Coaster before I had actually sat down, the existence of Conneaut Lake Park, and the emergency stop of the bumper cars at Lakemont Park. I had warned bunny_hugger that she was marrying into a family that causes weird things to happen around them.
Trivia: Early in Gemini 12's reentry a stowage bag broke free of its Velcro attachment and landed in Jim Lovell's lap. He left it there rather than risk accidentally pulling the D-ring which would trigger the ejection seats. Source: Gemini: Steps To The Moon, David J Shayler.
Currently Reading: The Secret History of the World, Mark Booth. I'm not precisely sure what this is; when I picked it up I thought it was some kind of guide to what secret societies gave as their histories of the world, or pointing out some narrative threads connecting various big-name conspiracy-of-history tales. It's easy reading, but at least early on where I think he's trying to pile up all the stuff in one convenient package it's a lot of weird.