I think wanting to go on this ride might now be a sign of serious depression and/or suicidal tendencies:
A high-swinging ride at the Minnesota State Fair that has had numerous issues causing it to shut down is running again. And in a show of confidence in the ride, State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer was one of the first to ride, according to a fair spokeswoman. Hammer's ride happened around 8pm on Saturday night.
Four times in two days. That's how often Minnesota State Fair officials now say the Stratosphere ride had been broken down.
At least two of those occasions stranded riders high in the air until workers could climb up and manually get them back on the ground. I'm not sure if or when I'll get to the State Fair this year, but if I do make it, I'm absolutely sure this ride will not be on my agenda. That's not exactly a big loss, of course, since twirling and high altitude meet my "two strikes, you're out" rule for fair rides.
That story reminds me of a high school band trip I took as a sophomore circa 1977. We went down to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City to compete in some contest. I don't remember how we did and even back then really didn't care all that much as long as we got to check out the amusement park.
While there, some of my friends and I, and a bunch of other people, got stuck on the big roller coaster called the Screamroller. The train we were on ground to a halt on the high curve just before the big drop you can see in the pics at the link. We were all pretty much just bewildered until the police cars and fire trucks began to roll in a few minutes later. As far as I remember everyone stayed calm, but there was a definite collective "uh-oh" when that happened.
There was enough fear that I got an adrenaline rush, but I wasn't really scared. It was more like an awesome adventure. Yeah, even reasonably intelligent 15-year-old boys are generally kind of retarded at that age. It's the hormones.
In the end, just like the State Fair ride problems noted above, the resolution was rather anti-climactic. Two guys climbed up and got the train to slowly descend to ground level where we could safely exit. All's well that ends well.
Ever get stuck on an amusement park ride?