Archive for the ‘Funusual Images’ Category
The Giant Dipper rollercoaster has been rocking and rolling at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since 1924 (the year before my mother was born). By today’s rollercoaster standards, it is pretty tame. There are no loops or spirals, no straight free-falls, and you don’t go backwards. It is however, still my favorite. I think some of the excitement is the vibration and noise it makes – it really does sound like it’s older than my mother. I never thought of it that way before – and it’s probably a good thing I didn’t think about that BEFORE I bought my ticket.
It’s very exhillerating to ride and it’s impossible to not scream; in fact, it helps to scream. Two young boys in the seat in front of me kept looking back at me and laughing, I guess I was making my own noises. It made my hair turn white….at the time I rode it back in 1976.
We can learn a lot from dogs. They don’t plan, or fret, or scheme…they just do.
Take swimming, for example. If you toss a three-year-old dog into a swimming pool, he swims. Pure and simple. If you toss a three-year-old kid into a swimming pool, he’ll sink like a spastic rock. Then you gotta jump in after him, pull him out, shake the water out of his lungs and reassure him that he’s fine. Not only that, you’ll also have to deal with the police, Child Protective Services, angry in-laws, legal bills, 27 years of therapy for the kid and all the guilt that comes with proving a point.
Take my advice…swim with the dog.
Nobody can resist a good downhill snow ride – especially when the path includes a hump designed strictly for the purpose of getting air – lots of air.
Richard hit this hump at about 75 mph, and landed smoothly to finish safely at the bottom of the hill. OK, maybe it wasn’t quite 75 mph, but it sure feels like it when you sit down on the innocuous little plastic sled, lift your feet and the world becomes a blur in about a half second. (It reminded me of the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie when Chevy Chase tried out some super non-stick spray on his snow dish, shot down a mountain and ended up in a Walmart Dumpster™.)
I took the Path More Traveled, the one without the hump. It was fast, too – but instead of air, I got snow – crammed in everywhere.
At first glance, this might be a photo of the front of a 12-story building. Even the “sky” area looks pretty sky-like.
It’s actually a close up photo of a ventilation grate. I didn’t intend to make it look like a building, in fact, I shot this photo without looking thru the viewfinder at all. I just extended my arm down to the grate and snapped it. This grate is along the floor of a light rail car…and you know you don’t want to touch the floor of a light rail car with anything other than the bottom of your shoes.