This photo was taken on my i-phone this afternoon, as I was standing in line getting ready to board the swing ride at The Texas State Fair…
It looks like a benign enough ride, doesn’t it?
Walking by it brought on fond memories of county fairs of my youth. I remembered this ride! I remember liking that it wasn’t a scary ride- but the wind made you feel like you were a bird soaring in the sky! It was one of my absolute favorites!
I’d gone to the Texas State Fair for a fun program with Chevy, where I would pick up a Traverse to test drive for a couple weeks. More on that soon. But anyway, having this particular function, meant that my daughter was with a babysitter at home. My husband was at work- and I found myself alone in the middle of a fair! Which- let’s be honest really NEVER happens. I mean, under normal circumstances no one goes to a fair alone! But I’ve never been to the Texas State Fair, and I thought before I went home I’d walk around and get the feel of it. Scope out what rides might be fun for pumpkin if we went back.
I saw a lot of really neat stuff at the fair and took a billion pictures, so I’ll write a post on that soon. But as I was walking around and saw this particularly resonant, and joyful ride of my childhood an idea slowly formed in my brain!
I could buy just enough tickets to ride this ride… No one would think it was weird I was going alone, because this ride is all individual seats. I could…bring my flip cam and VIDEOTAPE THE RIDE while I was on it!! It would be a beautiful video showing my birds eye view of the Fair!!! I WAS GOING TO RIDE!!! I WOULD MAKE MYSELF DO IT!
I bought the ticket, the rides had just opened and I was in the first group on. As you see from the picture when I was waiting in line – the ride was not open yet. And thus not moving. Can anyone wiser than me see where this is going yet?
I board, holding a huge pocketbook and a flip cam. By myself – on what is ostensibly – a kids ride. We start to rise.
Weeeeeee, so pretty! Oooh I’m a bird!!! The wind is so wonderful in my hair! I love the earth!!!! I love Fairs!!! Whhhoooooooo!!!
…Why are we getting higher?
Ummmmmm, why are we getting THIS high? Also…. does the operator know he has us going like at a crazy warp speed? Is something going wrong?
OH MY GOOOOSH!! I’M GOING TO DIE!!!!!!! I AM. SO. SO. HIGH. AGGGGGHHHHHHH! HELP! HELP!
At this point I realize that I am laughing uncontrollably -SLASH- crying with total fear of death!
Ride ends. I can hardly walk off the platform I am so dizzy. I realize that I look like a crazy woman riding the swings alone, getting off white as a sheet with tears that have been blown vertically across my face with the force of the freaking wind!!
Also- I forgot to push record on my camera. Seriously.
Joyful ride of my youth= Absolutely the most terrifying 2 minutes of my adult life.
…consider this a tale of caution people.