Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thrills and chills - no spills

Disclaimer:  The following blogpost contains a number of 'selfies'.  If you are allergic to, or have aversion to this type of photography, please do not proceed.

After church service last Saturday, a quick dinner, and feeding the dog, we went to the Fair, arriving after dark - there was no sense going earlier, half of the excitement is from the lights.  We bought a sheet of coupons - just enough for three rides for the both of us.  While Talley Amusements certainly had a good assortment of equipment on hand, one has to caveat that it was not a complete carnival midway, inasmuch as there was no Tilt-a-Whirl¹ present.

We rushed to the Zipper, and were the next-to-last car/gondola be loaded.

Surviving that, we proceeded to the Kamikaze:

Blogger's stock photo - the actual one we rode was red.
I think we rode this one at a different event a year or two ago.

Red-eyed and white-knuckled fun:

I wouldn't have known if we were upside-down or rightside-up, but the camera did:

Finally, we rode the Haunted (or Spooky) Castle Mansion.  The operator let us ride twice, because the dude in the back who's supposed to jump out at you, tap you on the shoulder, or whisper in your ear, was missing the first time.  He was back on the job the second pass through, though:

Daughter reacts to spooky guy in the dark.
(Double exposure effect resulted from near-simultaneous strobe
discharge inside the darkened course - not from the old 110 film
in my smartphone.  That, or the Mansion really was haunted...)

¹ Physicists Bret M. Huggard and Richard L. Kautz came up with a mathematical equation that approximates the motion of the Tilt-A-Whirl.[2] Although it was without knowledge of chaos theory that Herbert Sellner invented the ride, in his patent text he clearly demonstrates an appreciation of chaos – "A further object is to provide amusement apparatus wherein the riders will be moved in general through an orbit and will unexpectedly swing, snap from side to side or rotate without in any way being able to figure what movement may next take place in the car."

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