October 12th, 2014

krazy koati

Can you say, 'Sure, I'll always try'

bunny_hugger's brother and his girlfriend wanted to take in the water park, so we went our separate ways a little bit. bunny_hugger and I went looking around the hotel-entrance end of Cedar Point for coffee. This led us on a merry chase from one drinks vendor to another, all of whom thought that a place a little farther along but opposite the midway might sell coffee. It turns out there is one stand that's got one coffee machine after all, tucked in the corner and not announced clearly on the menu boards. It was broken. What we should have done was leave the park, go into the Hotel Breakers, and use their coffee-for-guests machine, but we had thought that would be too much effort, before we walked eighteen miles to find no functional coffee machine on that end of the park. (There is a Starbucks near the front gate but we had hoped to not walk that far for the drink.)

Anyway, when we recovered from this exhausting disappointment we took the chance to ride Gemini and Mean Streak, and took the train around to the front of the park. I'm not sure if this is new but the trains now have signs talking about the histories of the various engines, and one of them --- the Judy K, which it happens we got on --- was originally owned by John Marsh Inc, of Lansing, though its original use was unknown. While there we got a phone call from bunny_hugger's brother's girlfriend, explaining there'd been some trouble, and we set a time to meet back up again.

We had the time to get on the Magnum XL 200 --- I've been surprised time and again how short the lines for this have been even on reasonably busy days --- and tried out one of Cedar Point's new rides, the Pipe Scream. This is billed at some parks as a roller coaster, though not at Cedar point. Passengers sit on a wide, rounded-rectangle table, which spins around a vertical axis, while the chassis the axis is sitting on slides back and forth on a curvey w-shaped track. It's really quite a fun ride and surprisingly non-nauseating, even though this seems like the kind of paired motions that make for trouble. This is probably going to be a steady hit for Cedar Point; it doesn't look too threatening, it delivers a very good ride, and it seats upwards of 600 people in each ride cycle.

While we were on Pipe Scream bunny_hugger's brother and his girlfriend reentered the park and spotted us --- they called out and we ineptly waved back to them. The trouble, it transpired, was that bunny_hugger's brother had lost his iPhone. He thinks it was while changing; I understood him to say he remembered setting it on top of a locker to change but not picking it back up again. So his day had turned into a long string of attempts to contact his phone provider and get his phone located, switched off, alarmed, all sorts of things none of which promised to make the phone come back to him at any point. Also there was a lot of confusion about whether the water park had a lost-and-found department.

As best we could work out, properly speaking, the water park hasn't got a real lost-and-found department but is supposed to bring everything lost up to the main Cedar Point security desk. However, they don't do this regularly. Possibly at all. The main security desk is not sure what the water park does with found property, just that they don't get it very much. bunny_hugger and I did stop in the main security the next day asking after the phone but since we didn't have much idea what it specifically looked like --- we could agree it was an iPhone, but so were all the phones they had which hadn't been exploded one way or another --- and we weren't clear whether he had filed a report with Cedar Point about the lost phone we couldn't get anything.

He did discover that he had cell phone insurance --- he loses his phones a lot --- and so was able to get a replacement with marginally less hassle than he otherwise might have, so I guess there's that, but it still sank the mood of the night.

Trivia: Amerigo Vespucci and Giannotto Berardi worked as agents to outfit Columbus's second voyage to the New World, buying sea biscuit, wine, cheese, oil, and vinegar. Berardi (who died in 1495) made a point of listing Columbus's debts to him in his will, and pointed Vespucci his agent to collect them. Source: The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the End of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that Gave America Its Name, Toby Lester.

Currently Reading: Enslaved By Ducks, Bob Tarte.

PS: How To Numerically Integrate Like A Mathematician, because you may need to sometime. Second of these since the last roundup post.