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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

King of the Road...

Ok, I just realized that I haven’t given an update for the road trip. To say that my son was surprised would be an understatement.

“Where are we going?” he asked as we sped along the highway.
“On a trip,” I answered vaguely, smiling at him in the rearview mirror.
“I love trips. We are going on vacation, aren’t we?”
“Sho’ nuff.”
After a few moments he asked, “Where are we staying?”
“In a hotel.”
“I love hotels. Do they have a pool?”

As we drew closer to the city, his head was pivoting as if he were watching a tennis match.
“Where are we?”
“Overland Park.” When I noticed the puckered look of confusion on his face I added, “We are on the outskirts of Kansas City.”
Kansas City? I have always wanted to go there, I mean here.”
“Really? I had no idea.”

I called to check on the rest of the family as we pulled into the parking lot of the Holidome. They were already checked in and waiting on us. They came to meet us at the door as we parked the car.

“Hey, what are they doing here?” Tyler asked, watching a gaggle of his cousins come out to the car.
“Same thing you are…they’re on vacation,” my wife answered vaguely.

We didn’t let him know exactly what we were doing until we rolled into the parking lot of the amusement park. He was so excited. It was a good time had by all. Well, there was one ride in particular that didn’t turn out to be such a good time. When we were standing in line for the Detonator, I was making a few comments to help make the ride seem a little more scary. You know, comments like, “Remember, the ride you are about to strap into was built by the lowest bidder.” Yeah, they didn’t think it was nearly as funny as I did.

My son was too short to ride that one (it was one of only about five rides in the whole park that he couldn’t ride), so my niece and I were sitting next to each other on the ride that consists of two twin 200-foot towers. We sit on this chair lift-type seat and are propelled straight up reaching a speed of 45 mph in one second with significant force. Before takeoff, I was telling her that there was nothing to worry about, “just enjoy the ride.” They hit the button and up we go. I look over just in time to see her seatbelt dangling in the air. She is (understandably so) more than a little panicked by this. I reach over grab the end and hold on to it and her shoulder harness until the ride is over, talking her down the whole time so that she doesn’t completely freak out. Yeah, I immediately regretted making the jokes about shoddy equipment, but everything turned out just fine. We notified the attendants, err… ride ambassadors and moved on to the next attraction.

We rode nearly every ride in the park. We would have hit them all, but we were accosted by an unexpected thunderstorm. We saw the black clouds rolling in as we were making the 205 ft. ascent on the Mamba. It was an intimidating site. The storm stretched as far as I could see in either direction. Once we were off the ride, we tried to gather everyone up and head for cover. The rain dumped in buckets before we were even a quarter of the way back. After a few minutes the PA sprang to life, “All patrons, seek shelter in one of our many shops. We will advise you as the weather conditions change.”

Great! We then found ourselves soaking wet, standing in some seriously air conditioned candy store. We stayed for maybe half an hour and decided it would be better to take our chance in the storm than stay there and freeze to death. We made it back to the cars without incident, so it turned out to be a good call.

We were supposed to go to Ocean’s of Fun on Saturday, but not only was it still raining, it was down right chilly. We headed back to Tulsa early and took Ty to see the Fantastic Four. My son and I loved the movie. It was funny, action packed and had some awesome special effects. My wife gave it a solid meh. She said it was better than she was expecting, but not as good as it should have been. Overall, Ty still said it was one of the greatest weekends ever. Of course the smile on his face, said more than any such bold statements he could make. Man, it feels good to put a smile on a child.


At 6:16 AM, Blogger Jenn said...

Awww! I can't WAIT to take my son to Disneyland.

You guys are GREAT parents.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Sounds like fun!! You're taking us on vacation next, right?

Hey, did you hear about our possible move? It's looking good now!

At 7:47 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Jenn- I don't know about great, but we try...:)

Leslie- Anytime! :) I read about the move. Keep me posted, you future Texan you.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

Hey ! It is good to hear that all of you had a good time . And it is good to have you back ! :)

At 10:55 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Thanks, Breazy. It's good to be home.

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