Wednesday, July 26
Man vs. Beast
95 feet tall
2,970 feet long
Top speed ONLY 50 freakin' MPH
Duration: 1 minute 48 seconds

Beast won......

and that TICKS me off like you wouldn't believe!

I WAS GOING to be a barbarian. I WAS GOING to be the mom my boys remembered as blowing their minds, conquering my fear of roller coasters AND heights, riding all the rides WITH them, leaving them in a state of utter disbelief and complete admiration.

First one in the park felt like it beat the ever-loving crap outta me. Literally. Forget the fear of heights, no worries about losing your stomach. Instead, my brains were shaking like smoothies in a blender, and my back and neck were being assalted with bats and broom handles. Thomas looked back and thought I was having a heart attack.

I didn't say a word; no need to scream.... I was praying I wouldn't be rendered a paraplegic by the end of the ride--my sons would need a way home, and since their dad and sister are on the other side of the world right now (okay, the country), it had to be me.

The upside? I DID get points for surprising them with a spur of the moment trip, AND for at least trying to conquer the coasters, AND they had "an AWESOME time!"

I've taken Tylenol...I'm headed to bed. Up since 4:15 a.m., sweating cannonballs since 11:00, having my usually-summer-liberated feet confined all day in tennie pumps...I don't think ANYTHING sounds better than SLEEP right now.

  Into the pensieve on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
  Your thoughts, please (11)

At July 27, 2006, Blogger Pamela said...

no way!

At July 27, 2006, Blogger Pamela said...

ps Robin
regarding the crush of rhino's

I love a "charm" of hummingbirds

I don't have my glasses on and I didn't find any other place on your site to respond (I need to put an E contact on mine as well....I just am moving slow getting everything just how I want it)

At July 27, 2006, Blogger Jana said...

Where did you go? I love roller coasters. I rode the new one at Busch Gardens Tampa that has a 90 degree drop - awesome!!

At July 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay Aunt Robin! Way to be brave! I'm soooo scared of roller coasters so you have me beat!

At July 27, 2006, Blogger Karmyn R said...

I used to LOVE roller coasters when I was younger (at 18 my best friend and I went to EVERY SINGLE amusement park in Florida and rode EVERY SINGLE roller coaster) - but years later, I've decided they are for the young....I get dizzy, headaches. I feel for you, I really do. I can't even stand the merry-g-round now.

At July 27, 2006, Blogger Robin said...

Hey Pamela~I figured out a way to include an email address WITHOUT giving my first and last name :)...thanks for prodding me along.

Jana~FIGURES a pirate-lover would also LOVE coasters;)! You go gurl! We were at Six Flags (Ga) and this was the "baby" coaster compared to what the boys rode the rest of the day.

LK~:) Glad you finally checked in...I NEED a new bracelet (a LONG one!) Get working!

K~My husband told me I hurt because I was an OLD WOMAN (lol); notice he says that from a thousand miles away. Color me impressed with your 18-yr-old "feat"...reminded me of when I rode the Scream Machine three times in a row (in college). I don't remember hurting back then......!

At July 27, 2006, Blogger Wendy aka Cheeky said...

I am such a coaster junkie! LOVE THEM! I miss Carowinds - we used to go all the time.

There is a place here called Valley Fair - I think we are going to go once all my company leaves....

At July 30, 2006, Blogger Rebecca said...

I feel sick just looking at the picture. Oh, uck.

At October 12, 2006, Blogger Malissa said...

no way I would never ever do this!

That is being a good Mom above and beyond;)

At October 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't you wish you hadn't written your summer post, yet?
you are a brave woman

At February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad that I am not the only one who does not like roller-coasters. When I dated my hubby, we went on a ride like this, because I thought it would be cool to impress him. Needless to say, I got off the ride looking green in my face. How likes to date a green-faced girl?


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