December 5th, 2019

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Do you remember when

While yes, the tournament should be over by now, I'm writing this ahead of time. So here's more Elitch Gardens. But stay tuned for tomorrow when I'll have ... more Elitch Garden pictures along with a list of humor pieces I wrote the past week. Maybe Friday I'll have writing again.


One of Elitch Garden's roller coasters. Have we been on this before? Trying to remember.


Minderaser is, in fact, the same model ride as Thunderhawk at Michigan's Adventure and Batman The Ride at Six Flags Mexico and Flight Deck at Canada's Wonderland and Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Mind Eraser at Darien Lake and many other rides at many other parks but its queue gave us some different angles on the view.


Like here! View from just ahead of the launch station as a train starts to roll out.


Looking up at the lift hill as a train starts its way up.


Another view of the launch station as a train gets ready for dispatch.


A view of the service road running just outside the Minderaser queue.


Box showing off broken cell phones and a pocket watch(?) as a warning of what happens if you don't secure your loose items before riding the roller coaster.


Ride operator at the control panel. You can also see the stick for measuring rider heights.


Minderaser is an ``inverted'' coaster, meaning that the train hangs down from the track; here's the wheels running along the top of the track.


And here's a view showing the wheels atop the track, and the ``upstop'' wheels underneath --- the thing that makes it impossible for a roller coaster to fly off the track --- with the seats dangling below all that.


Picture on the wall of one of the larger food courts, showing The Great Jackalope Round-Up of 1869. Also one of several signs giving Western Definitions of words, like ``cheer: in this place or spot''; another one relied on here is ``riot'', meaning, yeah, right.

I think I tweeted this once as ``Welcome back from the 19th century, Time Agent jakebe. You weren't spotted on your mission, were you?'' ``Nnnn..nnno?''


More food court jackalope talk, this one making you feel a little bad, really.

Trivia: The inciting incident of the Falkland Islands war was the attempt by an Argentine scrap-metal dealer to dismantle a disused whaling station, and declining to have passports stamped by teh British magistrate. Source: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester.

Currently Reading: Apollo: The Lost And Forgotten Missions, David J Shayler. For me, unchallenging comfort reading.

PS: How November 2019 Treated My Mathematics Blog, the easiest post of all to write this past month.