Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What a day!

I know, it's Wednesday, I've not lost my mind(though I'm exhausted so it may feel that way). I was gonna hold off and schedule this post for later in the week but i figured I'd save those of you that do read me a read on Friday(I know I appreciate it when I've already read an FF post from time to time) I, however, will be at my parents house on Thursday and Friday, and their dial-up *gasp* is spotty at best. So even though I'm writing this now please stop by Dad-Blogs and check out everyone else's awesome posts on Friday!

I'm exhausted. It's 6:30 in the morning and I've been up for a half hour, I have a load of laundry going and am about to hit the treadmill. I'm freaking nuts... But I'm here to talk about yesterday.

It all started in the spring, actually. Number 1 did extremely well schlepping Easter candy for his school and ended up winning a free ticket to Cedar Point. The missus and I were excited for him because we all love amusement parks, but concerned as well because he shares in our height deficiency(we can ride everything now, but not so much when we were younger). With another inch and a half he'll be really good, 6 more inches after that and he'll be golden.

So we shipped Squirt off to my folks and the trip begun.

We'd already done our homework and found the biggest things he would be able to ride. A HUGE thank you to parks for putting your height requirements online! We parked and headed straight for the Iron Dragon...and then we rode it again...a total of 5 times that day. I can't complain though because we had a blast and it's one of the missus' favorite rides. If we had to ride something 5 times it could have been a lot worse.

Then we went to the "Giant Wheel", their ferris wheel...sigh. I talked the missus out of it last year but i couldn't say no to Number 1. I've already written of my fear of heights. Apparently he's not as much like me as I thought(and I swear, one of these days I'll get to the chicken story). The thrill rating on this ride is a 2...yeah right I wouldn't call it thrilling, more like terrifying. This is before I see the incompetent guy in the blue hoody running it. He just loaded those people but why is he on the phone? Oh great here comes a guy in a red shirt, what are they looking at, oh well must not be anything big because the ride is moving again, wait, he's on the phone again, people get off and more get on, it must be ok, who's this second guy in a red shirt, now he's running the controls and blue hoody is only loading people, what's that sign say? "Cars may be unloaded in a different order that they were loaded to maintain the balance of the wheel', so I have to trust these yahoos to keep this thing balanced, they're just putting people on now, at first they were skipping cars, OMG we're up next, I'm gonna die. It wasn't horrible and I didn't die and the taunting from my wife and son ended as soon as we got on the thing and we all actually enjoyed the views, but ugh...

After that we hit a few more rides, had luch, rode some more, and more, and more, and more!

It was almost 8 oclock when we left(we'd been there since they opened at 10. We went out for dinner where we all scarfed down our food and went through 2 refills on our drinks. We also paid less at Chili's for our dinner than we did at the Subway on the park for our lunches, sigh, it's to be expected but it still hits you.

Number 1 stumbled to the car and passed the heck out. I called to check up on Squirt, and the missus got us safely home. All in all it was an awesome day!

Today we're gonna see the earliest showing of Harry Potter(1:10pm, how weird is it that that's the earliest showing our theater has??) and then I'm off to the boonies to tile a countertop.

Oh well, I'm off to the treadmill...


Momo Fali said...

I hate that ferris wheel. It is HUGE and looking out over the lake scares the crap out of me. My kids always want to ride it over and over. NO THANK YOU! I like to stick to the roller coasters where at least I'm strapped in. Give me the Raptor, but you can keep your Giant Wheel!

Jason said...

I know! ugh, at least I only had to go on it once. They also drug me onto the sky spiral or whatever that goes up and spins around to overlook the park. It wasn't so bad and on a funny side note, having the only yellow car in the parking lot made it easier to spot :)

surprised mom said...

I've rode on my share of rides over the years and they have all pretty much scared the s**t out of me. I hate heights. When I was a kid, my eldest sister scared me witless on the Ferris Wheel telling me she was going to open the bar on the seat. A slim bar was all that protected you from falling from stories high.
Roller coasters, no matter how strapped in I am, leave me with an unsettled stomach and rubbery legs. Why did I torture myself? Because my friends and family did, so I had to.
At our local parish, a carnival is held once a year. It started 10 years ago when the girls were 8 and 5. They wanted to go on the Tilt-A-Whirl. That has always been my favorite ride. I discoverd a sad truth. When you're older, your body does not like to go around and around. I came off green. My oldest said, "Mom! Don't throw up and embarrass me!" I didn't, but just barely.
Since then I've been ride free. Ah, two feet on the ground, not spinning around. Now this is living!
Have fun in the boonies. :)

Jason said...

We're all fine with coasters. We did however ride the Tilt-A-Whirl 3 consecutive times. Followed by many other spinning rides. The missus had to take a break LOL.
The boonies doesn't even begin to describe it hahaha.
Here's to hoping the missus gets me listed on Fatherhood Fridays, I left instructions and have faith :)

Otter Thomas said...

I don't really do amusement park rides. I get motions sickness. When the boy gets older I will have to man up and go. I can't have him thinking I am weak.

PJ Mullen said...

I can do ferris wheels, but I can't do roller coasters. Yes, I'm a big chicken and I don't mind admitting it. The one time I did get on one at my mother's insistence a tree was struck by lightning and fell on the track just as the car I was in (it was the last one) past. After I got off that death trap I let her have it over trying to have me killed. Over 20 years later I've yet to let her live it down :)

BellaDaddy said...

Kudos to you for facing a fear, in front of your family. My kid LOVES rollercoasters, etc.,..anything that moves... fast...I am right there with her...and u!

Andrew's Daddies said...

I am terrified of heights...always have been. However, that never stopped me from going on any ride. I always forced myself to go on crazy rides.
However the two that I most fear are the ferris wheel (because it can rock and it stops when I'm at the highest point, and those trams that are just hanging on a wire...