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Memory Jog: I Am NOT Having Fun Here
By Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner   

Last edited: Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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My twin sister, Karen, and I were talking about things that happened to us when we were younger.

The older we're getting, we're discovering that we're doing that more and more.

Growing up, in North Central Ohio, was a treat for my twin sister and myself.

Especially when it came to carnivals and street seemed every month, some amusement company would set up their rides and games and tents for a week or so.

I loved carnivals and street fairs. You couldn't keep me away. Anytime one was in town, you'd better believe it, I'd be there.

Much to my mother's dismay...I don't know what she was thinking...maybe that I was going to fall in love with a carnie?

I was in love, all right...with the rides!

Nothing better to me than riding the rides, over and over and over and over again, until I was so dizzy, I couldn't walk a straight line if my life depended on it ("But Officer, I promise I haven't been drinking!").

My favorites were the "Hurricane" and the "Zipper." Big, bad, you had better not eat for a WEEK before attempting to tame these babies!

I am not time, I rode the "Hurricane" 22 times in a row...get on, ride, get off; get on, ride, get off; get on, ride, get off...the ride operator told me I should OWN this ride, because I'd spent so much money that day on tickets!

I never got sick on the rides. (I do NOW...age will do that kind of thing to you.) I couldn't walk worth a flip, but never tossed my cookies. I was "Queen of the Rides!"

My twin sister wasn't quite so brave...she was more like the jester. SORry! She was!!

We'd go to ride something. She'd want to watch the ride, to see "what it's gonna do." We'd wait.

And wait.

AND wait.

I'd lose it..."Are we gonna ride or not?"

*Quietly* "Uh-huh."



I'd buy the tickets. We'd get in line. I'd ask,

"Are you sure you wanna ride?" (Being gallant and all.)

"Yes." (You could hear the next thought..."I think.")

We'd get in the ride. I'd usually get in first, Karen right behind me...unbeknown to me, she'd keep on going...right out the other side.


There's me, on the ride, strapped in and rarin' to go.

"Karen--you ready?"

*No answer*

"Karen?? You ready?"

*No answer*

"Kaaaren--WHERE ARE YA???"

You'd hear this quiet little voice from outside the ride...

"I'm gonna watch and see if you survive."

Right then and there...they'd kick it up a notch...into hyperspeed...


Needless to say...Karen usually didn't ride the ride she'd suckered me on.


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Reviewed by Mary Coe 10/2/2007
Sound like a fun day for you and your sister. Fantastic story. Enjoyed.
Reviewed by Vivian DeSoto 9/8/2007
LOL funny! Oh, I miss those silly carnivals. One was recently in the neighborhood, I was so tempted... Could just see this frumpy middle aged woman whoopin' and a hollerin'.... Can't get hubby to join me, he says what's the point? (He flew F-18's for a career "been upside down before, thank you very much.") Can't wait to take the Grandsons to Great America.
Reviewed by Sherri Smith 4/28/2006
This brought a smile to my face this morning! Sounds like you and your twin had fun.
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 10/25/2004
Yes, indeed - with age, perspectives change, and perhaps we don't enjoy life through our bodies as we used to do. I personally tend to find more joy observing and contemplating. lovely story. Franz
Reviewed by Tammy Cravit 4/2/2004
*laugh* I love it! I'm sure it's much funnier now than it was at the time, though. ;)

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/23/2004
Big, biiiiig smile. {Don't tell anybody, but I'm the one who is chicken. Like, bk-bk-bk-BAW, bk-bk-bk-BAW. Oh, well. Somebody's gotta do it.} Thanks for posting this. 'Best ride I've been on this week!! 'Aintie Pea' XOX <3 XOX
Reviewed by Debra Conklin 1/28/2004
What are sisters for if they can't sucker you in? I used to do that to mine, ALL the time. Tina hates me still, (just joking, but that's what she'll tell you).
Continued to have fun with each other.
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell (Reader) 6/7/2003
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 5/30/2003
You do have a gift--both you and your sister do...and I love reading what you both write!! I certainly enjoyed this one...
Reviewed by J Michael Kearney 5/21/2003
You have a gift for humor. Fine writing!
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 5/19/2003
LOL Great write Karla!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/14/2003
HAHAHAH!!!!!`I`m so glad you had fun! Sounds like so much fun to me. Makes me want to be there too. Good read!

Sandie Angel :o) a.k.a. May Lu $*_*$
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/14/2003
LOL at this fun write; sorry for puttin' you through that hell, but i knew my limits and i guess you were my guinea pig! HA! love, the jester. (((HUGS))) :) *~*~*hail, queen of the rides!*~*~* :D LOL

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