austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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And we'll talk of life, the way love used to be

Some more rides that we got to on that wonderful, essentially wait-free day at Great Adventure:

Superman: Ultimate Flight is better-served by the theming than is Green Lantern, because around it are all sorts of posters proclaiming trivia items about Superman --- his powers and limitations and such. I think that this is the pre-Crisis Superman, but I dunno such details anymore. The panels emphasizing his intelligence point out his near-perfect recall of everything he reads (bunny_hugger pointed out correctly this doesn't even speak to super-intelligence), that he's got a computer-like ability to do calculations (the mathematical equivalent of super-recall, really; calculations are handy but they're not by themselves important), and that he's learned nearly all the languages on Earth, which I don't remember hearing before.

There are two Batman rides, which I mention because they reflect their eras, one from The Dark Knight --- this a dark ride, a wild mouse roller coaster themed to the barely-functioning settings of the Gotham public transit system, with an entry movie that I don't remember seeing when we rode it before --- and one from around 1990, or, ``back when we trusted Tim Burton'', where most of the theming is in the ride queues, with a plausible-looking city park (where bunny_hugger spotted a woodchuck) used for much longer lines than we'd endure followed by tunnels of Ajax Chemicals.

bunny_hugger also took the chance to ride something she thought she'd never do, and took the parachute drop ride (which the sign in front tries to say is inspired by or themed by the famous Coney Island parachute drop). She's not so big on freefall rides, but she did it, and had a decent time I think. This was the drop ride I used to build my courage for riding Freefall, back when that was the big name-brand ride.

The one ride we couldn't get on, and that really disappointed me thusly, was Rolling Thunder. This dual wooden roller coaster was the first marquee ride, the one that made Great Adventure a destination park, something that terrified me through my childhood and which turns out to be a pretty good ride if you get it on a day that it doesn't have a huge line and if you don't get banged up too badly by the aged track. But it wasn't running at all, all day. For a day when we could plausibly have ridden every single roller coaster in the park, to miss out on the ur-coaster was disappointing.

Trivia: In the summer of 1777, the Continental Army suspended furloughs for its officers, in order that they could better watch their men and keep them from deserting. Officers were ordered to be kind to all unhappy soldiers. Source: The First American Army: The Untold Story Of George Washington And The Men Behind America's First Fight For Freedom, Bruce Chadwick.

Currently Reading: Michigan History, July/August 2013, Editor Patricia Majher.

PS: Reading the Comics, July 22, 2013, a slightly early collection because I needed to work on some other things this week. You'll read about it at length, I promise.

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