austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Buy your girl a cotton candy while you're down on the ground

The thought of finding hand-dipped cheese on a stick appealed to us not just for the obvious reason but because it was by now a bit after lunch and we had only had granola bars for breakfast. It might not be a robust lunch but it would surely get us going for a while. Unfortunately, the stand which sells the cheese thusly --- the Frontier Food Company --- in a part of the park generally western-themed (near the mine ride car), was closed. We were disappointed, but there was another stall supposed to sell cheese; the only thing is, it was on the other side of the park. We wrote that in as a possible dinner, or at least evening, snack, and looked around for what might be suitable here. The spot had the vaguely western motifs, and icons like those magic lantern-type slides encouraging one to try to Automaton palm reader or see the Lillian Russell Film festival to decorate the buildings. Also around the buildings were flocks of seagulls clearly choosing whose eyeballs would be the juiciest if they could just get them. Just saying.

We went to the Chuck Wagon Inn, since it was nearby, and while it didn't have anything in the way of hand-dipped cheese to speak of it did offer both salads and pizza. We got the pizza. it's decorated in the classic ``stuff on walls'' style, but it made for an excellent demonstration of the ``stuff that used to be here'' theme which had come up with earlier rides and settings. They made an effort to have old-time and railroad items dominate the wall decor, with old-style Pepsi-Cola signs or ``CP 1870'' badges, but the presence of signs like ``TACOS/Soft Drinks'' or Golden Palace signs gave it away: apparently when they retire stuff from other rides or buildings some of them are put here. bunny_hugger remembered them from places they used to be.

One of the little things that made me wonder was a sign advertising the D B Harrington, with an explanation that it was ``One of the oldest steam engines in America''. It even gave a date of construction (28 December 1878). This seems like it might have been meant to be the engine which carries the train --- called the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Rail Road --- from front to back of the park. It seems odd to have a 130-year-old wood-fired steam engine doing work, though. I mean, back in 1878 you were doing well if the wood-fired steam engine went four hours without setting the train on fire. But surely there wouldn't be any misrepresentation or misdirection in signs presented at an amusement park, would there be? Well, we had pizza and didn't worry about what it would do for our diets, and huge diet sodas to fight against dehydration, and thought of where to go as the afternoon really got started.

Trivia: The first P&O ship requisitioned for the First World War was the Himalaya, requisitioned at Penang on 5 August 1914. Source: The Story of P&O, David Howarth, Stephen Howarth.

Currently Reading: Fred Allen's Radio Comedy, Alan Havig.


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