Monday, September 05, 2005

State Fair Highlights

Whew! Just made it. Back from the cabin in time to squeeze in Labor Day at the fair. Fairly long day (9:30 - 4:30). A fine time was had by all.

Highlight (or lowlight): Almost vomiting on the rather subdued Monkey Mayhem ride on the Kiddie Midway. It was a popular ride amongst the kiddies, so the Dude and I had company in our car: three little hellians. All were relatives: brother, sister, cousin, ranging in age from 11 - 13. They had spent some time on the "big" Midway where they had purchased (or - at that age I fear - their parents had allowed them to purchase) fake cigarette lighters. Fake cigarette lighters - WTF! Not only were these pretty reasonable facsimiles of cigarette lighters, but they were designed to administer an electric schock.

Not to be outdone, the Dude showed them his bracelet: a State Fair approved child ID bracelet, so in case we got separated, Mr. and Mrs. Hobbled could be quickly contacted. These kids were not impressed with the bracelet. (I suspect their parents were aware of these bracelets but chose not to obtain them.)

The boy of this group - probably 12 or 13, and slightly cross-eyed, started spinning the car via the large wheel in the center of the car designed for that purpose. He didn't stop spinning for the entire ride - - and damn that kid could spin fast! I almost lost it. I tried closing my eyes and breathing deeply, but that didn't work. Breathing deeply rarely works at the fair. After the ride, the urchins asked me to try their lighters (heh- heh). I declined.

**Loved this from the Monkey Mayhem site:

"Monkey Mayhem gives customers, interested in our Spin Rides, a great new vehicle to choose from. The jungle theme is a look that has broad appeal, and the detail that has gone into this ride is impressive. You have to see it in person to truly appreciate it."

1 comment:

amy said...

Ugh...just reading that makes me want to vomit!