Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Going For a Ride at the Toronto Exhibition

"We're Going on What Ride?


The videos are ready!  I'm starting to lose track of time but if I remember correctly, we all attended the Toronto Exhibition on Monday night.  "We all" included Dr. Spo and his Significant Other, Someone; Pat (our host) and yours truly.

As you can hear from one of the videos, Dr. Spo said it's been over forty years since he attended a carnival, which is essentially what the Toronto Exhibition is.  A carnival on steroids.  

It's been over fifty years since I've attended one of these carnivals.

I wanted to go on the ferris wheel but was vetoed down.  However we all did agree to go on a ride called "The Scrambler."  Pat bought the tickets and we were ready for to ride.  Someone asked "Now are we all going to scream like little girls?"  Of course we said "Oh no!"




We were jacked up, ready to ride!  After some discussion we all agreed we would try "The Scambler ride first.  Pat got the tickets and we were ready to ride! However, we hit a snag.  The woman running the ride told us they were doing maintenance to the ride and it wouldn't be ready until 9:00 PM.  We were jacked up and couldn't wait (two hours) so we decided to go on the roller coaster. 








But we had a backup plan. The roller coaster. Now granted, this wasn't one of those killer roller coasters that turned your hair white with fright. This was one of those portable carnival roller coasters. "No problem." At least that's what we thought.


16 comments:

  1. Oh, that's fun! And you all did scream like little girls! LoL!

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    1. Karen,
      Believe it or not we were kidding about "screaming like little girls" (Someone said it). And then we did! Gay to the core,
      Ron

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  2. Who's the little girl now? bwwaaaahhhhh
    Too too funny!

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    1. slugmama,
      The gig is up. We were exposed for the little girls we were underneath all that denim.
      Ron

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  3. OMG! I was laughing out loud at you guys screaming. It is so nice to see grown men having fun and enjoying themselves.

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    1. Nadege,
      That was what going to the exhibition (really a carnival) was all about, grown men having fun and enjoying ourselves. I'm not missing all the bad news that is going on in the U.S. (Ferguson) right now. We should all be kind to one another instead of all the hate an animosity. One thing that I noticed since arriving in Canada is the diversity of the races and cultures and all seem to get along with each other. Maybe there is tension just beneath the surface but I sure don't see it. This Canadian adventure is refreshing in more ways than one.
      Ron

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  4. My oh my! Real macho men would hold it in and not display any emotion. Thank goodness it's so clear that you four are not like that!
    A good time was had by all, that much is clear.
    I still find fairgrounds thrilling though haven't been on a ride since 30 years ago at the Munich Oktoberfest - and that only 'cos I've never had anyone to ride with. But I still do love watching them even though nowadays, though still longing to be up there, I'd be concerned if my heart and high b.p. could take it safely.

    Btw: Why do you four seem to be the only ones with jackets over tees and shirts while it seems just about everyone else is in short sleeves? Didn't want to risk frostbite, huh? ;-)

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    1. Ray, no, we four "are not like that." We let it all hang out. What is really nice was that we're all so comfortable with each other. I think next year we'll hold the Bloggerpalooza at the grounds of the Canadian Exhibition.
      By the way, the only reason I haven't been on rides at a carnival like this is that I couldn't get anyone to go with me. Bill certainly would not go and the friends I have would consider it to "childish" to go on the Tilt a Whirl. Thank goodness I have friends like Spo, Someone, and Pat who have no such inhibitions. Maybe that's why we're friends.

      And to answer your question about "you four seem to be the only ones with jackets over tees and shirts" . . . . it was actually chilly. Not that cold that would could have went sans jackets but we didn't want to take any chances of catching a chill. After all, under all that macho exterior are four older gentlemen who don't want to catch a cold. I'm so thankful the weather has been mild in Toronto since I've arrived. I have yet to wear my shorts. There they stay, in my suitcase. Probably won't wear them at all during my whole stay here.
      Ron

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  5. I enjoyed the videos. I admittedly haven't been to a carnival in thirty years. Since my sense of adventure is minimal lately, I woud have probably opted for the Ferris Wheel - - but the roller coaster looked like fun.

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    1. Jon,
      I wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel (one of my favorite rides) but the pussies I was with were afraid too. We were all going to go on the bumper cars but that was the longest line. The roller coaster was fun but perhaps the smallest one I've ever been on. Still, it was fun and had two good dips. By the way, rides these days are expensive - $5.00 for a minute ride. Those carnivals are money making machines. Someone could have sworn of the the rides was the EXACT ride (not a replica but THE RIDE) that he rode on when he was a kid. Probably true.
      Ron

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  6. 4 little maids from school...spo would know the opera reference here.

    you would NEVER EVER get me on any rides due to my fear of heights. exception - the merry-go-round.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      Actually that roller coaster was very tame, at least looking at it from ground level. However, once we got on it, there were two good dips, enough to bring the long suppressed "4 little maids" screams. Macho image begone!
      Ron

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  7. Ron,

    The ride looked like what was generally called, "The Wild Mouse" at carnivals and down at the Jersey Shore. I'm never rode it because of my fear of heights. I'll ride most the amusements, except ones that go too high.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      The "roller coaster" we were on was more like a "Wild Mouse" type of roller coaster ride. The wooden roller coaster at Lenape Park of our childhood was bigger than the roller coaster we rode at the Toronto Exhibition. Still, it had a couple of dips and sharp turns that were fun. Didn't really go too high. I would have preferred a roller coaster with a bigger drop. There were some rides (a rocket type ride) that were very high but I couldn't get any of my friends to go with me. And then there was the zip line. Now that was really high and I was willing and Pat was but then it got to be too late plus the ride was $26 per, which was a little pricey for us. We're spending money like drunken sailors as it is. Walking through the fairgrounds was fun though. Brought back memories of the old Kimberton Fair up on Rt. 100 near Pottstown. That I believe was the last carnival I attended.
      Ron

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  8. What a marvelous day this was! On the negative, after seeing myself, it's 'diet time'!!

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      Oh pish posh, you look just fine. We did have a marvelous time though didn't we? We'll have to do it again next year.
      Ron

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