austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Well, it's my birthday too, yeah

I got back home a comfortable day ahead of my birthday. We couldn't actually do anything much on my birthday proper as it was a class day and bunny_hugger was at work until the evening, but we could the day after. I'm not bothered by sliding the observation of a birthday to some more convenient time, to the point it does slightly worry her.

What we really wanted to do was ride a roller coaster, but Cedar Point was too far off and Michigan's Adventure closed for the season. We could go over to Saginaw, though, and Kokomo's Family Entertainment Center, which put in a modest steel coaster a couple years ago as, apparently, part of a plan to grow towards local amusement park status. That's been delayed, likely because of the economy, but they still have the roller coaster, as well as a miniature golf course with a stunningly difficult hole. It's just an hour and change away and we could fill an evening quite well that way.

We got wristbands for five activities over the course of the night, and would ultimately use this for three roller coaster rides and two rounds of miniature golf. bunny_hugger thought I'd choose to try a round of go-karts, and maybe, but I felt like the miniature golf was more fun and we went around again. The roller coaster, the Serpent, is a fine ride and I could imagine our making weekly visit there if its equivalent were in the Lansing area. (On the other hand, we both like miniature golf and we almost never go to the ones in town.) We hadn't been there since before we married, mostly because we were so rushed during last summer, and had figured to go to Kokomo's at a gathering of roller coaster enthusiasts scheduled for early August, comfortably after our Pennsylvania Parks Tour, which got cancelled because the state's roller coaster enthusiasts declined to RSVP for the gathering. Shame.

Trivia: Cerium was first identified by Swedish chemists Jöns Jacob Berzelius and Wilhelm Hisinger in 1803. It was first obtained in a pure form by American chemists William Hillebrand and Thomas Norton seven decades later. Source: Molecules At An exhibition: The Science of Everyday Life, John Emsley.

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


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