Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional  

mi_mwpm 51M
1175 posts
9/4/2005 10:17 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional

Owwwww. My aching back.

Spent Saturday at Cedar Point - best amusement park in the world, 8 years running - and I've been paying for it all day.

Headed out of here at around 8.30 AM and got the day started at the park by 11.00. Did a couple carousel rides with the wee one before turning her over to my Aunt and Uncle while we stood in line for our first coaster of the day - Raptor. By the time we got through the line they had taken off for Kiddy Kingdom and she'd ridden the Ferris Wheel, along with several others. Since she was well taken care of and the "babysitters" were pleased as punch to do so, we were off for more big kid rides - Wicked Twister and MaxAir, both too cool for words. Then it was the Blue Streak and Tower Power before meeting back up in Camp Snoopy, where we found the wee one had crashed before even arriving. So, we decided it was time for lunch, but Mom and Dad spotted the nonexistant line at the Magnum so off we went while the other three headed for the car to get lunch ready.

Had a nice little break scarfing down cold chicken and macaroni salad before heading back inside the park. As soon as we got back in my Uncle said "We'll be in Camp Snoopy, have fun." Not being stupid, we didn't argue and headed off to ride Mantis and Iron Dragon. Couldn't ride Millenium Force since the seat belts have been shortened and Top Thrill Dragster was down for reasons unspecified - seems to happen a lot with that ride - but other than those we pretty much caught everything we wanted to ride before we closed the park down at 10.00 PM.

Didn't get home until nearly 1.00 and to sleep until sometime after 2.00. The wee one, however, fell asleep before 11.00 and was up and at 'em by 8.00 this morning - much to mom and dad's dismay.

My back is finally beginning to feel normal again... it's hell growing old, but I refuse to grow up.

007sexy40plus 51F  
7603 posts
9/5/2005 7:27 am

Amusements parks are great. We visited one this summer and had a total blast. I think my husband had his last ride on a roller coaster called "The Boss" and trust me it is just that. He said he will never ride it again. I thought it was funny myself. But it is such a pleasure to see kids and adults alike having fun. No matter how much pain you have, the joy in others eyes makes it all worth-while. It is good you enjoyed yourself, regardless of the pain you suffered.

I am the real deal! "Come Get Me!!!"

rm_Screw696969 40M/37F

9/5/2005 11:25 pm

I'm so jealous. Haven't been to Cedar Point yet. Hopefully next season. Gonna try to hit there and Kings Island too. I soooooooo LOVE amusement parks!

Barbiebunny69 43F

9/6/2005 6:14 pm

thats what better living thru pharmacology is for!

rm_lucytart 50F
590 posts
9/6/2005 8:42 pm

I'm jealous, too! I've only heard of Cedar Point. One of these days...

ProtonicMan 47M

9/6/2005 9:54 pm

Hey, dude! I'm jealous!

I haven't been to Cedar Point in something like 6 years now. But I'm actually more jealous that your wife goes on the coasters with you. I still haven't ridden the Millenium Force or the Top Thrill Dragster.

Glad you had a good time.


wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
9/8/2005 2:30 am

I haven't been to an amusement park since I lived on the gold coast when I was a kid can't say I really miss it...


keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
9/8/2005 7:33 am

Get it while you can dude. One day Kiddy Kingdom will be all you can handle...

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
9/8/2005 2:48 pm

But here's the thing...when I hit Cedar Park, the rides are the best, but I spend most of the days waiting in line. If I hit a smaller park, like Kennywood (outside of Pittsburgh), the rides aren't as good, but we get to ride all day, as opposed to waiting in line.

On the other hand I am currently living FIVE THOUSAND MILES from the nearest stationary, year round roller coaster, so flooring my Ford while going down a really good hill is the best I can hope for.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

FunandFrisky79 41M/37F

9/8/2005 8:54 pm

Mi- I'm with you on this one! I love amusement parks! Rollercoasters rock!!!

I've never been to to Cedar Point, but I hear it's great. I'd love to go someday.
I used to go to Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, I every summer, but have missed out the last 3 years. I'm going through withdrawal!
I went to Busch Gardens 2 years ago when I was in Tampa during "Howl-O-Scream" & had a blast!

My fiancee loves rollercoasters, too. But, he has never been to Great America & we only live about an hour away! So, hopefully we will make it for "Fright Fest" this year. (Keep your fingers crossed!)
Damn, I really want to go on some rides now!!!

1hotwahine- My fiancee is from Pittsburgh & he's told me about Kennywood. He says it's pretty cool. But, small. I've been to Pitt 3x with him, but we never make it to Kennywood. I'd still like to go someday, though. Is it worth it??


ProtonicMan 47M

9/13/2005 8:08 pm

FunandFrisky, I was at Kennywood in 1990. OMG, has it been THAT long?!

It is smaller than Cedar Point, but it had some decent coasters. My favorite was the Laser Loop, which was right over the front gate. I think it was a precursor to the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. I think it is gone, now, though. It had no turns, just a straight line with a loop, a big curve going straight up, then BACKWARDS through the loop, up another big curve, and back to the start.

My brother and I caught it just before the park closed, and we went on it 5 or 6 times in a row in about 15 minutes. Very cool!


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