Monday, October 10, 2005



I Really Never Do That

An amusing and humiliating anecdote to make you, well, laugh at me:

Janna and I at the fair. I don't consider myself chicken, but I don't like to go upside down. So I let her talk me into "it doesn't go upside down, just around and sideways"- the Afterburner. Appropriately enough. It was just like the old G Force, which I hated and forgot every year that I hated. I wasn't very stable when I got off of that, as I had my eyes closed the whole time. And then, the final mistake: the Tornado.

I used to like this ride. It's open to the air, four people to a thing shaped like an X. And a wheel so you can make it do extra spins. "All right boys, let's get it spinning!" "OK, Janna-" "Come on, Nettie!" "No, really, Janna, stop spinning it." "You'll be fine!" And indeed the ride was slowing. But not soon enough.

Give me credit, I'm still spinning but managed to aim. All three times I hit the ground and not myself, my sister, or those poor little boys. Of course, she thought it was hilarious. The rest of the night, even on the Ferris wheels- "No, she's afraid she'll throw up again." "Janna, stop scaring the nice people!" I think I need to listen more to my stomach and less to my sister.

14 Comments:

At 10/11/2005 12:53:00 AM, Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA~ You are too much, Nettie~ I used to be able to ride anything...maybe it's as you get older, the G-forces get stronger? LOL. I just never want to work on a carnival ride, that's all I have to say about the 'matter'.

 
At 10/11/2005 07:30:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Look out, now. Listening to my stomach is how I got to look like this!

I, personally, hate upside down rides. I hate anything that jerks me more than those little kids' boats that just go around the little pool-path.

 
At 10/11/2005 09:08:00 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Nettie:

I can't even stand the ferris wheel anymore. Just a couple of weeks ago, I went to our county fair with my oldest daughter. I bought only one ticket for myself - and that was for the ferris wheel. Nowadays, they are fancier than the ones we had when I was a young'un - the buckets have two seats facing each other. The fair worker put my daughter and me in a bucket with 3 teenagers. Wrong thing to do - they immediately began swinging the thing everytime the ride stopped to pick up more passengers. When we finally got to the top, and the ride stopped again, one of the kids actually STOOD UP, and started waving to frienda below. I lost it! I looked at him (with eyes full of terror), and tersely told him he had better sit down. Or else. My daughter, of course, was mortified. But hey, my self-preservation gene was in high gear at that point, so I didn't care what was coming out of my mouth. After that ride, my daughter begged me to go home. I wonder if she'll want to go to the fair with me next year.

 
At 10/11/2005 09:48:00 AM, Blogger bigwhitehat said...

We did the State Fair yesterday too.

I used to be a thrill ride nut. Now they nauseate me. I'm getting old too fast.

 
At 10/11/2005 10:11:00 AM, Blogger baileysMilk said...

ooh, i confess. I'm chicken when it comes to these rides. When i was way younger (like 14), I used to take all those rides that go 360 degrees...

now.. I dont even take the Viking.. :)

 
At 10/11/2005 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Amigo said...

It's good you had the presence of mind and aim to avoid hitting anyone as you and your past meal parted ways.

Your event probably was not good for your self esteem (your self esteem must be ok as you told us your story), but think about some poor guy's plight I witnessed at the OC Fair. The poor fellow, on a ferris wheel managed to vomit on his shoes, the floor and the ground, even after it came to a stop. His date was keeping her feet off the floor of their car and looked mortified. If he had another date with that girl I'd be surprised.

 
At 10/11/2005 12:38:00 PM, Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Ugh, that doesn't sound like fun. I never ride anything that goes back and forth in any kind of repetitive motion. Because I KNOW what will happen to my despicably weak stomach. >:-/

Bravo on the excellent aim, though. Quite graceful of you. :-)

 
At 10/11/2005 01:58:00 PM, Blogger TC said...

I have always wanted to go on rides like that, but they have always made me really really sick! So not worth it!

 
At 10/11/2005 02:59:00 PM, Blogger Rose~ said...

Nettie,
You are like my husband ... he gets so sick! We live 45 min. fron "Cedar Point". Ever heard of that amusement park? I love it! I would go three times a summer if I could and do nothing but ride the coasters! My husband has to take that motion sickness medicine and then he wants to fall asleep. We are not a good match in this area!

 
At 10/11/2005 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

I don't particularly care for those kinds of rides myself...maybe a chicken, maybe a fear because my mind keeps yelling at me "If the seat comes undone or if the ride falls apart you crash to the ground and be killed!"...maybe my mind is a lot smarter than I give it credit for.

 
At 10/11/2005 08:39:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i hate those rides and i'm laughing with you, not at you;)

 
At 10/11/2005 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I can't handle though rides. It may be best to listen to yourself instead of others. (smiling)

 
At 10/11/2005 10:21:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

I didn't need a humiliating anecdote to make me laugh at you.

I love rollercoasters: the higher and faster, the better. But perhaps the best one ever, was at a local amusement park known as Ghost Town on the River. The rollercoaster was a chopped down left over from a much earlier park (back in the 50's) called Fontaine Ferry Park, which used to actually loop out over the Ohio River. But even chopped down, when the cars would whizz over a series of short hills at one point, the back car would literally come off the track, 'cause you could feel it slam back down onto the track at the bottom of each "trough". Too much fun.

 
At 10/11/2005 11:47:00 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

You poor girl! I know just how you feel. I have a problem with vertigo to begin with so carnival rides and me just don't hit it off at all. I well remember the last ride I ever took. My hubby and four kids begged me to do a ride with them and let me choose what I thought would be smoothest. HA! I don't know what it was called but it oorbited the center thing and each seat was spinning as the entire rig was waving up and down and dipping in every direction. I nearly wet my pants and staggered so badly when I got off that I broke off the heel on my sandal. NEVER AGAIN! I won't even watch the Merry-Go-Round.

 

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