July 21, 2004

I'm coming down!

"Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes."
- Oscar Wilde
From 'Lady Windemere's Fan' 1892

I just paid for liquid Tide with a hundred-dollar bill.  Apparently that's all my boss carries.  Lots of them.

I got back from King's Island at about 2:00 this morning.  I had a really good time.  I don't think I'll ever go on a weekend or with a church group ever again.  It was so great on a Tuesday, I couldn't believe it.  There were virtually no lines, the weather was nice, I didn't have to meet at the Eiffel Tower every 2 hours, and I didn't have to leave at 7:00.  We just messed around all day, riding all the rides we wanted to, many times more than once.  For instance: Dilerium, possibly the most relaxing ride ever.  Yes, it goes hundreds of feet into the air and swings you at 76 mph, but it's so smooth, I could have stayed on it and taken a nap. 

I was very relieved when I saw a large group of people wearing T-shirts with a big cross and S.W.A.T. on the back and knowing that for once I wasn't one of them.  I couldn't read what the acronym meant, but I'm convinced it's "Spiritualizing Whatever Attracts Teenagers," as I thought about those churches who base all their sermons on Creed songs.

At 8:00, they had a star-search competition.  And no, I didn't enter.  But we did watch and make fun of the children.  I think reality TV has convinced everyone that they have something to contribute to the entertainment industry.  There's no other explanation for all these people who sign up to make fools of themselves.  They don't even have to think they're good anymore!  Damn you, William Hung!  (The same goes for Hillary Duff)  I stayed to watch the end to see if there was an interesting prize, then I would do it myself and break the kid's hearts.  But alas, the grand prize is the title of being "King's Island Star," a prestigous title held by only three people a day.
For dinner, we had Chinese food.  And, of course, it was all Chinese people working there.  I never really got the point of that, because it's really obvious that food court buffet is nothing like real Chinese food.  Apparently all the Chinese employees in King's Island were working at this restaurant, and that was the only qualification.  The guy working the cash register was a total moron.  I handed him a 20 for a bill of $6.59.  He gave me $1.31.  I didn't leave, and he figured out that I was waiting for more money.  So he gave me a 10.  To let the people behind me through, I sat down.  Then I had to go back and ask for the $2.10 he owed me.  He had to pull out the calculator.  He still owes me 10 cents.

I got to ride The Beast at night.  I hadn't done that in a very long time.  It's a whole lot of fun.  There are times you can't see a thing.  Sadly, though, there are more bugs at night, and I was choking and gagging by the time we stopped.  Whatever, it was fun.  Then some fireworks to end the night.

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