April 10th, 2020

krazy koati

With a farewell kiss or two (or three)

I kept my humor blog going, despite the occasional need to go scream at nothings. So what did my hard work writing bring us? This stuff:

So I've got my photos in of the Thunderbolt rabbits. Now let's look hard at a different roller coaster ride at Kennywood, July 2018.

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A curious little gap space on entering Lost Kennywood: it's a great bit of empty space, as if there had been a ride queue or ride here, and there's a building at the far end that you can see. But it's blocked off away from pedestrians. What role does it serve, or did it? ... Not at all sure.


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Splashdown of the Pittsburg [sic] Plunge, their Shoot-the-Chutes ride.


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The entrance to The Exterminator, Kennywood's indoor spinning wild mouse coaster and always the longest, slowest line of the day.


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The queue runs about 84 hours long, so tries to make it more interesting by having a lot of old control system hardware set up as if it were a factory.


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An old General Electric transformer that's now part of the queue theming for The Exterminator.


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So you see that button? You know what happens if you press that button? ... Most of the time, nothing. But once in a while? It sounds a buzzing siren and makes a red light flash.


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Control panel for something vast and complicated, I assume a steel mill, that's more Exterminator theming.


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And here's a nice look at a grid of labels.


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And finally the loading station. The cars seat four people and, yeah, they're made to look like giant monster purple mice.


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Stumbling, finally, out of Exterminator and into the evening glow.


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Getting back over to Jackrabbit to photograph its neon ceiling lighting.


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And the neon of the Refreshments booth, which is also spectacular. The circles behind that are the Paratrooper ride.


Trivia: The computer error which stopped the countdown twenty minutes before the scheduled the 10th of April, 1981, launch of Columbia was a timing error, causing the main IBM systems to miscommunicate with the backup system software developed by Rockwell International. Source: Safely To Earth: The Men and Women who Brought the Astronauts Home, Jack Clemons.

Currently Reading: Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry, Glen van Brummelen.