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A CYNICAL LOOK AT THE DAILY GRIND

Monday, June 11, 2007

TAKING IT ON THE CHIN (AND THE BACK)

I was less than amused.

A roller coaster in Arkansas got stuck 150 feet in the air, upside down, after a power outage. Its passengers were precariously dangling like droplets of water on a high-tension wire during a good rain.

I can imagine the horror the riders must have felt as blood rushed to the top of their heads. Being upside down on one of those rides for a second or two is bad enough, but to hang for 30 minutes waiting to be rescued ... agh!



I remember one summer taking my kids to a water park and there was insufficient power to pump the water down the slides. As excited kids came swooping down, you could see the anguish on their faces as their skin stuck to the slides once the mats stopped short and threw them off on their own. Some had slide rash so bad, their backs were bleeding.

Needless to say, we asked for our money back and left before the kiddies got a chance to go on.

Summer's here. Have fun, but be careful out there!

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Pete said...

Tragedy averted it would appear.
I stopped doing rides many years ago after hurling when I came off.
"Roundup".
Now I get my thrills on the Garden State Parkway.More excitement all for a simple 70 cents a ride! Avoiding all the crazed motorcycle riders weaving in and out of traffic.The high rev tuners doing 90 MPH with their Cat-back exhaust systems spewing decibels and dust.
Only in New Jersey kids...only in New Jersey.

Mon Jun 11, 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous skinned said...

Hey, I recognize that waterslide.

Mon Jun 11, 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous racer x said...

could not agree more with pete! those tuners turning 90 mph are just the start of another tricky day.every day is a great adventure! i am particularly fond of snow and rain days... Off the road, up an embankment, sideways on the median... Go governor go!!

Mon Jun 11, 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine waited 3 hours to go on that new roller coaster (Kingda Ka??) last year. Once on, the ride took 27 seconds. Aside from the safety factors (it had lots of problems before it was up and running)...what were they thinking?? Waste of an afternoon!

Tue Jun 12, 06:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Jacob Morris said...

Whatever happened to children building sand castles for fun-does everyday fun always have to include stupid amusement parks and dangerous activity?

Summer is a good time to let them get good fresh air and enjoy the beauty that is FREE!

Wed Jun 13, 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

I wish I'd been there with a pail to catch all the loose change,dentures, sunglasses, keys and assorted hair pieces...that would've been a fun attraction to watch...on a more practical note...wonder if law of gravity applied to all those riders literally scared s@#%less...

Fri Jun 29, 01:01:00 PM  

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