Yay for carnivals! A couple of weekends ago, the carnival came back to town, so of course, we had to go. The kids love the rides, and I love watching them being spun and dropped and scared out of their wits. Is that sadistic of me?
There's this one ride called The Zipper. You have to be yea-tall to ride, and it costs five whole tickets, so you know it's a good one. Plus, they don't accept single riders. Basically, you sit inside a swinging metal cage with a little bit of padding, and it sends you looping round and round. The number of flips you do is totally unpredictable. Here's what it looks like:
My older daughter LOVES this ride, but my younger daughter chickened out. Not that it mattered, because she was too short anyway. I was hoping to find another single rider to partner with my daughter. I even accosted a young boy, but he got this frightened look in his eye and pointed to a random girl and said she was going to ride with him. Hehehe. He probably went home to his mom and told her about a crazy lady going around saying, "You need a partner? You need a partner?"
Anyhoo. Now, I hate rides with big drops and flips. Something about getting older and internal organs being all jiggly and loose makes the whole thing nauseating. But the look of disappointment on my daughter's face... well, that just would not do. So I had to suck it up.
"I'll ride with you. See, Nona? This is how much I love you."
It felt like an eternity of sheer torture. To be honest, I don't remember much because I had my eyes squeezed shut the whole time. And for the life of me, I could not stop screaming no matter how hard I tried. At one point, I felt my cell phone slip out of my pocket and I watched it banging around our cage, up and down, like an angry, rabid honey badger in a trap.
"Just close your eyes, Mom, close your eyes! It'll be less scary that way!"
Do you know what it's like to be coaxed off the edge of a nervous breakdown by your young child? Not my proudest moment.
I'm happy to say that I survived the ride. My cell phone lost a button, but at least I did not lose my lunch.