austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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When I toss a coin you'll hear it sing

The next ride catching our attention was, if I'm not mistaken, the other big roller coaster. We were watching a train of cars was being raised, and was coming to what looked like the end of the track. It struck me and bunny_hugger as odd to think the ride included plunging into the ocean, so one supposition was that it was supposed to come up to the top of the incline and then fall backwards. Actually, the cars made a sharp turn, a rail twist not at all obvious from our angle.

I was growing worried again about our fitting together, but the restraints this time were individual-seat ones, so we were able to ride together comfortably. bunny_hugger pointed out the rails were also of the strip-metal steel kind rather than the aluminum tubes, so we could expect a bit of a shaky ride, but for some roller coasters that adds to the charm.

None of these were large roller coasters, since they have to fit on a not enormous pier. But that doesn't mean they can't be exciting, and this one -- which was unnamed as far as we could determine on sight, but which the Casino Pier web site and Wikipedia agree should be known as Star Jet (there is another roller coaster model known as Jet Star, which the Roller Coaster Database reports the Star Jet replaced in 2002; the Casino Pier web site map, but not the list of rides, lists it as Jet Star) -- had several advantages. One is the view: going up you seem to be simply comfortably above the bare ocean. And as it twists along its path, it crosses underneath some of its track and support structure, so there's that wonderful illusion in which I worry my head will whapped by a large piece of steel.

At the exit we found a picture of a teenager, with dates, and a couple of flowers and mementos underneath. There wasn't further explanation, although perhaps it requires none. The Wikipedia description of the pier as I write this explains: Recent aciddents on July 13th a boy on Star Jet had lost his hat in between the coaster Star Jet. He had asked the man to get it for him so he had did so. When the man went to retrieve the hat when he had been picking it up he had been struck in the back of the head with the roller coaster car and is on life support. He had been hit so hard many people had heard the impact and the boy had saw it happen. When the police had arrived the boy gave them full detail on what had happened as the man had been Air Lifted. This ride still remains (Closed) to under go investigation. We were there the 23rd.

Trivia: On 17 July 1834 Sweden's Gustaf Johan Schartau held the first of a new Olympic Games at the summer spa of Ramloesa. 43 competitors participated in gymnatsic, foot racing, wrestling, and mast-climbing events. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.

Currently Reading: Utopia, New Jersey: Travels in the Nearest Eden, Perdita Buchan. Short essays about various utopian colonies in the Garden State and let's have no snickering from the back there.

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