Chris Hadfield is the most awesome astronaut ever.
And he is Canadian. The guy has been up in space for five months, commanding the space station, tweeting, Facebooking and singlehandedly raising the profile of the space program more than any media company could ever hope to do. OK, I am sure he has good people on the ground, helping out. Then he records a song with The Barenaked Ladies, from space. Blows people's minds. Then, as his mission draws to a close, he submits this:
My first roller coaster. Nitro at Great Adventure. I am not in the video, the video is from youtube user sharpproductions. Here is the story about the experience. When I was 8 years old shortly after school let out for the summer my dad took me to Great Adventure. We had never been to an amusement park before and wanted to try one out. We had planned to start the day on a milder roller coaster since both of us had not ridden one before. The thrill ratings at Great Adventure are mild, moderate and, max. We wanted to ride something that was rated moderate or was a lower max. When we arrived at the park we asked a guy who seemed to know the place what would be a good coaster to start on since we had never ridden one. We also said that we didn't want to ride one that went upside down. He said "ride Nitro, it's right over there. It is really high but there are no loops". We get to the ride and the wait time sign said 60 minutes, but it took us about 20 minutes and we waited for front row. As our train went up the lift hill my dad realized that be might have gotten me in over my head. The lift hill takes about a minute, but it felt longer. The next part was totally unexpected. As we crested the lift hill and saw the drop we realized that it was straight down. This was also when we realized that we just got on the second tallest second fastest coaster in the park. It is 230 feet tall and goes 80 miles an hour. The entire ride I was grabbing the handles on the lap bar for dear life. I couldn't even scream I was so stunned by how intense it was. I was only 8 years old. In the end I rode more coasters that day and now my coaster count is 15.
"there is great chaos under heaven, and the situation is excellent"
Disclaimer: Telemark Dave is a Hinterlandian.
He is not from New York State, and in fact, doesn't even ski there very often. He is also obsessive-compulsive about Voile Charger BC's.