What's happening on my humor blog? Oh, you know, the usual stuff, such as this:
- Some Things Which Are Not Alarming, last week's big piece, that started out being about a hypothetical alarm we might want to have and then got off point.
- I’m late because there was a John Candy comic book, that’s why, part of an exploration into stuff distracting me away from any useful work.
- Statistics Saturday: November Birthdays Per Year more of this formalist nonsense; please ignore.
- What’s Going On In Dick Tracy? What’s Detective Frisk doing not being dead? September – November 2019 And it's a story that dares you to believe it.
- Statistics Monday: How November 2019 treated my humor blog which was, oh, almost but not quite as good as October.
- 60s Popeye Watching: Irate Pirate, a cartoon you can tell bored me because I had so many questions about it.
- A Quick Post-Holiday Realization, and my Family Circus spec script.
- A Great Alarm, From My Dreams, this week's alarm stuff and drawn from a real actual dreams that I really actually had. Promise.
Now back to look at Elitch Gardens. The most important ride, by our lights, was the big wooden roller coaster.
Entrance to Twister II, ``Build Wilder the Second Time Around'', to replace the original Elitch Garden's Mister Twister. The Twister roller coaster at Knoebels is a near-mirror of the Original Elitch Mister Twister. Twister II is not much like the original or like the mirror copy either.
Also ... yes, this little roofed entrance for Twister II seems adorable yet unnecessary. I suppose it's just a themed sitting area, really?
And here's the real entrance to Twister II, which includes a nice long walk through the coaster's infield. Notice the sign at the end telling you where to go to get to the ride.
Pausing a moment to watch the roller coaster at the base of a hill.
And here's the roller coaster going up above us again.
The base of another hill on Twister II's path. Notice the little wooden step path used to get onto the track for inspections. Or, I suppose, passenger evacuation in case the train should come to a stop mid-ride here.
New Elitch Gardens is still in the midst of town; here, just past the approach to the station, is a service road and the train tracks outside.
Turntable Studios, which is just my kind of building architecture, visible in the distance from Twister II. Studio apartments available from $1,205 monthly.
Unfortunately a storm rolled in, forcing the stopping of the train until the lightning passed by. So here's the train waiting out the weather with the rest of us.
Looking out over the departure path to some miscellaneous structure sprawled out on park grounds?, and the highway beyond it. In front is the official measuring stick for rider height.
And finally! The weather's good enough to send trains out again.
Exit path, with the roller coaster lift hill at the top of the photograph.
Trivia: By 1900 only about one-tenth of Britain's labor force was involved in agriculture. Source: An Edible History of Humanity, To Standage.
Currently Reading: Apollo: The Lost And Forgotten Missions, David J Shayler.
PS: What I Learned Doing My Fall 2019 Mathematics A To Z, seven hundred words of thoughts about that.