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29 June 2006 - 12:00am
Do you reserve a certain tone of voice for select words?
Can't help but add a rather sarcastic punch to the first syllable and a higher-than-normal pitch.
I find I do that same thing with quirky. Do you?
SmarterTravel.com says we're quirky.
I just don't know.
Quirky rhymes with turkey, too.
One of the definitions is strikingly unconventional. Guess we can't argue with that.
SmarterTravel.com also says we're an "alternative to major theme park."
Got that right.
28 June 2006 - 12:00am
With the majority of our State (not to mention Louisville and Cincinnati) on "fast time" and our portion of Indiana on "slow time," there are a number of people who arrive at the park, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, a little on the early side.
I pulled into my parking space a little before 8am CDT. The sprinkling of cars in the Raven Lot were surely families who lived on Eastern Daylight Time.
Sometimes people grumble, "Stupid Hoosiers ... can't get their time straight." We smile sympathetically and nod.
A few claim it says EDT on our website. No one has managed to show us exactly where, though ...
This morning, a father and son wandered their way up to the admissions area. The son looked to be seven or eight years old. He and dad were ready for a big day together. They might have 90 minutes to wait for the gates to open, but they weren't going to waste that time sitting in their car.
Still in my car, I saw them both suddenly freeze. Neither one moved. They were standing with their backs to me, so I couldn't tell what was going on.
And then I heard it: Click, click, click ...
The coaster maintenance crew was finishing up with the morning's check of The Raven. They always send it around the track empty as part of their work.
Father and son's heads rose in harmony as they watched the red train ascend the lifthill.
As the train crested the hill and charged down that first drop and into the woods, the guys turned to each other, huge grins on their faces.
Dad held out his hand and Junior leaped into the air to complete the high-five.
Welcome to Holiday World, guys.
24 June 2006 - 12:00am
Here's Will's explanation of why Holiday World added a third wooden coaster this season:
"We believe that wooden roller coasters, in general, appeal to a wider (family) demographic than steel coasters do. They have that traditional look and feel. Wooden coasters shake. They vibrate. You know you're on a ride."
22 June 2006 - 12:00am
... to the 20-something woman who looked terrified moments ago when, out in the raging thunderstorm, I urged her to take cover in the Holiday Theater:
I just looked in the mirror.
Mascara down to the jawline is not a good look.
If we lose the World's Friendliest Park status this year, we'll all know why.