The times, they are a-changin’. June 13, 2009Posted by jeninmaine in bebeh, kidlet, photography.
Tags: amusement, bebeh, bumper cars, carnival, kidlet, park, photos, zipper
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Last week the traveling carnival was in town, the kind assembled by drunk guys with screwdrivers and then crammed into a tiny parking lot. I’m always fascinated by them, the portability of such a huge and elaborate setup, the way they’re able to shoehorn everything into small and/or awkwardly-shaped spaces. There was a whole village of RVs parked out behind the carnival where we would see the carnies sitting out on their steps in the evenings before the show opened, entire families of them. I wonder what those children think of their nomadic existence?
I don’t trust the big rides, never go on em. The kids’ rides are kind of a joke, too, with safety restraints like pieces of rope loosely cinched around them. We put Michael and Katy on the motorcycle ride which just went round and round for three minutes – kidlet wasn’t too pleased to have some other strange kid seated right behind him. The strange kid looked perplexed, too. He spent most of the ride trying to look too cool to be riding it. Katy seemed mildly pleased at first, and by the end she was so psyched by the whole experience!
Neither of the kids were interested in the bounce house – I can’t imagine why.
Mim was a little out of it, suffering from a food coma after a long day playing.
Would I ever get on this? Not on your life.
Kidlet turned down the uppy-downy-spinny plane ride, which had charming machine guns mounted on the front and back for each child.
Kidlet watching the Zipper.
The last time I ever rode this ride was when I was eleven and had just ingested a large sausage sandwich piled high with fried peppers and onions. I spent the entire ride home staring miserably out the window thinking, “Don’t throw up, don’t throw up,” to myself over and over again.
It was a momentous day – kidlet is finally tall enough to go on rides by himself.
Lamest. Slide. Ever. Not a single rider was able to make it to the bottom without having to push themselves with their hands. This sucker needed a liberal application of Pledge, stat.
Leonard thought lying down would make things go faster. Wrong.
I would love to have a job finding and replacing all the burned out light bulbs on carnival rides.
I am so excited that Joy will be here in two weeks. I can’t believe that the last time we saw her, Mim looked like this:
And now she looks like this:
The times, they are a-changin’.