I <3 carnivals!
I don't <3 rides that make me feel as if I'm about to die at any second. That would include ones like the Zipper, Octopus, Pirate Ship and ANY Rollercoaster. I can take the Ferris Wheel, but don't you DARE rock it. I Mean It! STOP!!!!!
My first rollercoaster memory is from around 8. I got in the front cart with my dad. I had no idea what was about to happen, but I was promised a really fun time. We went "click ...click ...click" up and up and up toward the clouds. OK, it was a little scary, but I was being very brave, plus it looked like it would soon be over since the track was coming to an end. Trouble was, it didn't stop, it just curved over the top and WENT STRAIGHT F**KING DOWN!
The next thing I recall is walking down the midway holding my dad's hand while bawling my head off.
I've only gone on a few since then, mostly in peer pressure High School, but now that I don't mind declaring my daring do shortcomings I'll only risk my life by ingesting the state fair butter dipped fried dough snacks.
The rides I do like are the ones where you sit in your car that's attached to a track in front of the portable buildings entrance. They're brightly decorated structures promising scares a-plenty and individually named Haunted House, Caverns of Terror, Spook Ride, etc., but I'm not sure what they're called collectivity (hence the long description). You bang through the metal sheet doors into the dark unknown clutching your date bracing for whatever horrors are about to light up, shriek, dangle from above or jump right at you.
Unless you were with me, and I was clutching my flash camera instead. Don't expect perfect focus and framing, as I was doing this in the dark, but chances are, you aren't going to see these documented anywhere else (not that there was a general outcry to have these documented anywhere). My favorites? In the era before Halloween supply stores on every other street corner, the more homemade (and insane) the better!
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