Thursday, July 05, 2007


Well the last few days have been pretty crazy. Sunday-Tuesday the family reunion took up all of my time, and energy. Yesterday was the traditional Fourth of July breakfast, and when I got home I crashed for about four hours... I tell you the constant heat really saps your strength. I think my one critical mistake over the last few days was going on the Tilt-a-Whirl at Lagoon on Tuesday. For those unfamiliar with the ride, imagine a couch on wheels which rides around the edge of a circular pad about 4-5 feet in radius (a long arm connects to the center of the pad). Then this pad and dozen more like it spin over a wavy course. So in essence it's on of these rides that goes in a a big circle with each of the components going in smaller circles. But instead of rotating in a fairly fixed fashion this ride will sometimes spin slowly or not at all and sometimes spin faster than basically any ride in the park, and not always in the same direction either. In any case the upshot is that it made me really, really nauseated.

The high point (at least from a story telling view) was going on their new roller coaster, Wicked. The ride starts out with what they call a camel hump (yes I know the website is in German, but it's the best picture I could find). Where basically you shoot straight up 110 feet and then come straight back down. After that there's a half-pipe and a barrel roll, which are a lot of fun, but certainly the main event in terms of adrenaline, is the very first "hill". I definitely recommend it.

Well somehow the Tour de France has snuck up on me, probably because I'm still just so shaken by the revelation that Bjarne Riis doped when he won the tour back in '96, add Landis, Basso and Ullrich to all of that and it's really fairly depressing. Of course there are bright spots. Levi Leipheimer will be the main guy for Discovery and David Zabriskie who's actually from SLC, has been looking really good in the mountains at both the Giro and the Dauphine. My dad is similarly despondent and has decided not to engage in our annual bet, which maybe the saddest part of all...

I'll still watch, just with tears in my eyes


Anonymous sti said...

Thank you for using "nauseated" instead of nauseous.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Geshin said...

I wasn't sure on usage and look both words up in and came across this note.
'Usage Note: Traditional critics have insisted that nauseous is properly used only to mean "causing nausea" and that it is incorrect to use it to mean "affected with nausea," as in Roller coasters make me nauseous. In this example, nauseated is preferred by 72 percent of the Usage Panel. Curiously, though, 88 percent of the Panelists prefer using nauseating in the sentence The children looked a little green from too many candy apples and nauseating (not nauseous) rides. Since there is a lot of evidence to show that nauseous is widely used to mean "feeling sick," it appears that people use nauseous mainly in the sense in which it is considered incorrect. In its "correct" sense it is being supplanted by nauseating.'

I found this interesting enough to share.

9:14 AM  

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