December 16th, 2020

krazy koati

Take one last look

Noticed while doing my daily walk: a sign in the front door of a house. ``STOP! Wrong address! Your Tinder date lives on North Clemens. This is South Clemens''. A bit curious how bad the misdirected Tinder dates have been that it's worth printing up a sign, but I didn't dare knock and the door and ask for fear they'd come at me with a blunderbuss full of grapeshot.


Hey, how about the story comics? What's Going On In Gil Thorp? Why did Coach Thorp care where his players sat? September - December 2020 plot recap here.


Now back to the Vortex Farewell Trip as we approach the point where we actually rode the roller coaster. Don't worry, I only have like nine more days of this.

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Our train arrives! They were running all three trains on Vortex which is part of why the line could be enormous but never long; that thing eats up passenger capacity.


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Train about to be dispatched. And the farewell badge and banner for the roller coaster which showcases the old-fashioned Kings Island logo.


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We ran back around for another ride, since it was still early-admission hour. Here we're coming up on the station again.


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Some of the base of Vortex. And, in the lower right corner, another old concrete pillar that we speculated might be left over from the 1980s Bat roller coaster.


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The Vortex tribute stones along with a returning roller coaster.


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This time we waited for the back of the train.


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The next train doing the safety checks before dispatch.


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Vortex had ride photos, but only through buying a daily or season ride-photo pass package. You couldn't just go and buy one ride's worth of photos, which is a pity as we might have gotten one. They didn't even have a monitor where they showed ride pictures, unless you had a code or something, so we couldn't grab an illicit photo of our on-ride shot.


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Looking back at Vortex's lift hill from around the ride photo booth.


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One more ride! Vortex's queue had already filled up the temporary barriers but, with three trains running, it was sending out people fast; I don't think this line was more than 15-20 minutes.


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Looking at the widow's walk in Vortex's station.


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Getting a picture of bunny_hugger at Vortex's sign. (She has one of me in the same pose.) Also, notice that though it's the last Sunday in October, a hoodie is all she needed to be warm enough. The skies are overcast, yes, but the weather is otherwise gorgeous.


Trivia: Benjamin Rush, a relentless gossip, noted that Benedict Arnold's speech was ``ungrammatical and vulgar''. Source: Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men who Signed the Declaration of Independence, Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese. (I'm not sure that is a direct quote from Rush; it is from the book. Also I don't know whether the verdict predates Arnold making himself immortal.)

Currently Reading: The Taste Of War: World War II and the Battle for Food, Lizzie Collingham.