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Great Adventure.  There is an amusement park coupled with an animal park in New Jersey. One hot humid summer day, we drove to the park with a couple of friends. A little wine was consumed en route. I drove and didn’t drink. The first ride as we entered the parkwas the Enterprise. My wife ever the good sport climbed into the ride with our friend Christine. Christine is the one with sunglasses. Well, no one told us what this ride was about. I knew better than to get on – motion sickness. It starts horizontally and spins. Once your red corpuscles are centrifugally plastered to the floor, the ride goes vertical. Yeah, it’s a very dizzy ride. Well getting off the ride, you would never know that my wife was ill. She just smiled wanly and told us to move on while she rested on the nearest bench. Her story continues. The park does not allow patrons to rest prone on the benches. It’s bad for business. So moments after my wife went horizontal on the bench, the park ambulance crew found her and carted her off to the aid station where relief from the humid hot weather awaited on a cot with crisp cool white sheets. Hours later we retrieved her to ride the kid’s wild west roller coaster. It was tame enough and she was eternally grateful for the respite from any more centrifugally challenging rides. The lesson learned: don’t drink wine and ride the Enterprise. Above all, never ever ride the Enterprise.

4 responses

  1. Drunk or sober – no sane person should board this. Your wife was more than a good sport. I became dizzy just after enlarging the photo. I saw that there is a NY Ride and Amusement Act sign – was this a disclaimer?

    June 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    • Spinning your corpuscles is not my idea of fun. And sober, I think that my wife would have declined. I was remarkably surprised by how calm she was when she got off. The sign is the usual disclaimer height and health conditions. They pretty much let anyone ride.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  2. I never do these rides. The ride spinning and me do not hit it off. I am surprised your wife was the good sport. My husband does like them though.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    • You would never catch my wife on this ride either, but it was the first thing as we walked into the park. Go figure. She never ceases to surprise me.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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