September 13th, 2020

krazy koati

Oh come, take my hand

A bit of good news. Or a bit of diminishing news, anyway. I've lost weight! When I started walking almost daily it was partly to be out of the house for legitimate purposes, but it was also to see if I couldn't make something less of myself. And after six months I finally fell below 200 pounds at the morning's weigh-in. Of course one day is not a trend, and it's not even a running average, but it's gratifying to see 199 there.

This is nowhere near the pace at which I lost weight a decade ago, when I did my serious hardcore diet and exercise. But I haven't been particularly dieting, not like I did back then --- I'm basically eating unchanged, apart from not eating out at anything --- and I'm not exercising with the intensity I had been, either. Still, I'm happy with what I've managed, and I hope to keep it off still. And in the meanwhile I'm spending more time just trying on clothes that are fitting a good bit better now.

The important thing is, if we can ever go to Knoebels again, we're going to ride on Flying Turns together.

Now to more of the pinnacle of the museum: its kiddie carousel, and its Kiddieland features, and ...


Back to carousel pictures. Many of the horses have names; there's Aaron here, and Betsy ahead.


More of the horses. The carousel was too small for us to ride, but the docent allowed us to get up close and take pictures.


A different chariot, this with a cool tiger-leaping-through-the-ring design.


The museum had a bunch of Herschell-Spillman [etc] Kiddieland ride attractions. Here's the guts of an old bumper car ride, along with the parts diagram.


Some of the features. Little Dipper was their basic kiddieland roller coaster. There are ancient versions of this at Conneaut Lake Park, Lake Quassy, and other parks that put in the Kiddielands package in the 50s and kept hold of everything that could stay working. Note the Kiddielands: A Business With A Future sign; that was the cover design for a book/pamphlet that Herschell published in the early 50s and that the Michigan State University library had. It made a good case.


A miniature train, of the kind you might find at an amusement park.


Descriptions of the Miniature Train Number 1 and Number 2, including the cost estimates for track. The eight-pound-to-the-yard rail is $46 per ton, splice joints 16 cents each, spikes 5 cents per pound, and ties about 6 cents each. A thousand-foot track would run you about $190, then.


Leather toolbox and carving tools, on display here because maybe they had an extra window? But also a Brownie Tractor that I'm assuming was part of a circular vehicles flat ride.


A look at the Little Dipper car along with a photograph of it in operation, and showing off the AH logo on front.


Kiddie cars and an explanation for how stuff from the news crept into car design.


And one more look at the Model Railroad Number 1 or maybe 2. You could also step into the replica car.

Trivia: In January and February 1785 thirty-two prominent New Yorkers assembled the New York Manumission Society. John Jay was elected its first president; at the time, he enslaved five people. Source: Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, Edwin G Burrows, Mike Wallace.

Currently Reading: No Poems, or Around The World Backwards and Sideways, Robert Benchley. So there's one essay where he looks at events on the schedule in England, for 1932, that he missed and one of them was the ``Furry Dance at Helston in Cornwall'', the 8th of May, and huh? If he's describing it correctly it was some kind of progressive dance through the houses in town and I don't know where the ``furry'' came from.