austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Confusion, you think you know where you stand

And we had our first amusement park visit of the year, finally, on Opening Weekend for Michigan's Adventure. We missed opening day, we think, because if we read the schedule right the real first day of their season was a couple of hours open during what sure look like school hours on a Wednesday, which suggests it was the day when high schools send kids to the park for a field trip and we didn't want to be part of that crowd. We were content with the opening weekend activities.

It was a great day for it, too: low 80s and sunny, warm and pleasant enough that the park had a good crowd in it but almost all the crowd was there to be at the water park. We're not so interested in the water park, so we were able to draw the benefits of the crowd's energy and enthusiasm without having to wait for stuff. We did get to have walk-ons for major rides like the Wolverine Wildcat (our first roller coaster of the season; this is the one that's a near twin to Knoebels's Phoenix) and Shivering Timbers (which has a lot of new wood in it). It looked for much of the day like the Mad Mouse wild mouse wouldn't be running, but we spotted them running some test trains and were able to be in the first group of people dispatched on the ride.

We'd seen on a pinball map that there's allegedly an AC/DC machine in the park. It's definitely not in the arcade (and there's just the one arcade; it's a modest-sized park), and the attendant didn't know of anywhere in the park that had one. Either the machine was removed before this season started (which would be reasonable; if I were running a coin-op amusements business I'd relocate something for the seven months of the park's winter closing) or the original report was mistaken. The arcade operator said if there were one she'd love it, which is a good attitude for this sort of thing.

Also we discovered that the pizza set meal is really a lot of food: a personal pizza, and some bread sticks, and a cookie the rough size of a manhole cover. It satisfied our food needs for the day, really. While we ate I noticed members of what I assume to be a Muslim family setting down a towel and bowing to Mecca, and what bothered me was I couldn't convince myself they were facing the right way, even though I knew they were most likely better-informed on the subject than I am. This is what I get for being a know-it-all.

Trivia: By 1940 sporting events amounted to about 25 percent of all footage shot for newsreel releases. Source: The American Newsreel, 1911 - 1967, Raymond Fielding.

Currently Reading: Reinventing NASA: Human Space Flight, Bureaucracy, and Politics, Roger Handberg.

Currently Reading: To Touch The Face Of God: The Sacred, The Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957 - 1975, Kendrick Oliver.


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