Well, it's been a busy weekend. It managed to clear my head for most of it, with only a reminder here & there. (Seeing any Dodge Challenger, especially any of the nicer models, makes me think of him)
Saturday was the jet car event. My brother came to the house early & met with us there before we left to go get Eric's car, stop at my work real quick, & drop his car off. We took my car up & got pizza over at 900 Degrees. (And my brother liked the pizza!) We got to the track & Eric got us situated to park in the track, though it was tough finding a place out of the way to park that wasn't flooded from the downpour we had earlier in the morning. Mike was waiting in the parking lot & parked in the big puddle in front of me. We wandered around a bit; They had cancelled the sportsman classes for the day & bumped them to Sunday, so all there was to do was to look at what was in the pit. The Shockwave jet truck was there, & they brought their new Aftershock jet truck. They fired that one up in the staging lanes, which caught us by surprise, & we were treated to a very brief show of fire.
We hung back at my car for a while until we started to see stuff get pulled up to the staging lanes. Kyle wanted something to eat so we headed to the ATM, where it started to rain really lightly. It picked up some more while he was in the ATM booth, & when he was done it picked up even more. I said "Maybe we should go back to my car," & then it started to pour. They tried to take cover under the stands, but it wasn't doing a great enough job. Luckily I had grabbed my umbrella from the car, but it was my small umbrella & it wasn't doing a good job at covering me & my backpack. There was a flash of lightning & an almost instant bang of thunder, so Eric was fussing at me because I was standing there with an umbrella. I wanted to go back to my car, & Eric & Kyle finally came with me while it poured. As soon as we got in my car, there was another flash & another near-instant bang of thunder. Bruce called me from his car while we were in there. He timed a run to his car very well, as he had gone to get something from his car when the rain started. So we had to wait a while for the rain to stop, & of course the puddle Mike was parked in got pretty deep & came up towards my car. A truck drove by pretty close to our cars & splashed our cars pretty good. When the rain finally stopped, a couple of kids were playing in the puddle. It ended up being ankle deep. Mike came back to the cars & eventually moved it onto the grass, but the grass was water logged as well. (Which would explain the crawfish we saw come crawling on the pavement before the rain)
When the rain stopped, we had to wait for quite a while as they dried the track. We saw a neat rainbow, then wandered briefly before heading to the stands. By the time the show started, it was getting dark. The stands were also soaked, & they never did dry as a wall of fog/dew started sinking to the ground. (It looked really wild) For the second round, we stood by the fence near where I usually stand. Kyle wanted to get better pictures though, so he & I darted over to the other side by the tower, where Mike was. That new jet truck, Aftershock, went up soon after, & boy was that HOT! Kyle was laughing & had fun, so he got a proper introduction to jet cars. (And of course, we all smelled like kerosene afterwards!) Shockwave was immediately after, & it was spectacular. Kyle got some good pictures from there, too.
When the race was done, they opened the track to spectators & let everyone walk on the track. We walked all the way to the finish line & then back to the start, where Eric actually came out. Of course he had forgotten we had used Gorilla Glue on his shoes earlier that day, so he had to carefully navigate his way off the sticky part of the track. We did our usual thing of Applebee's afterwards, & Mike & Kyle crashed in my living room when we got home.
Yesterday, Kyle & I got up pretty early. I abandoned my plans of going to the Harry Potter birthday thing that was taking place at a British Beer Company to go with him to Six Flags, though I did feel bad about leaving Mike to wake up on his own & head home soon after. We headed down, & of course we got stuck in a lot of traffic when we got close. Kyle said it was even more traffic than he had usually seen on other Sunday visits, but we think it was because of the rain the day before. When we FINALLY got parked & took a shuttle in, I started to suspect that many people may have been there for the waterpark. Sure enough, once we got our tickets, hit up the bathroom, & started to wander around, we noticed some spots of the park didn't look too busy. There were lines of course, but I had expected worse. I did later overhear someone complaining about an hour & 45 minute wait for one of the waterpark rides though, so that confirmed what I had guessed.
We started off with the Thunderbolt, just like I had done last time I was there. It was so hot, & I was already overheating from a very hot bathroom & walking around, so when we got off the ride we made a B-line to a restaurant we saw that had indoor seating. We got pizza & fries, & I indulged & had a big Sprite. (I wanted water, but I could only get a little teeny cup or a bottle & I wanted some over ice, so I got a Sprite & hoped I would walk off the calories) We went for that newer Joker coaster next, since it was just like the X coaster I saw years & years ago on an amusement park show. That was back in 2001, & that coaster in question wasn't even built yet. It was just a computer generated simulation of what the ride would be. So I had wanted to try that style coaster since I was 13. It was fun, but I will admit that it terrified me while I was on it. In my defense though, I hadn't been on any extreme coasters since I was last at Six Flags in 2009, so it had been nearly a decade since I had experienced some real thrills.
After the Joker, we went for the Batman coaster. While we were waiting in line, someone on the ride lost a shoe, so I wonder what that person did after they got off the ride. We went on that, & that was fun. We went for Riddler's Revenge next, which used to be the Mind Eraser. (I just looked it up. 2017 was the last year it went by that name, so this season was brand-new as Riddler's Revenge.) I guess they changed it to fit with the Gotham City theme of that section of park. I forgot how rough that ride was. It really jolts you around, & stops very hard. When we got off the ride & stopped to figure out where to go next, we watched two more trains of riders go on it & watched as everyone flew forward when it stopped. It's amusing to see from the ground, but holy moly is it rough when you're on it. We ended up getting some ice cream, as my stomach still felt like it was on the ride. (Which was the only ride I didn't scream on all day/night of course) They also moved the Slingshot, which was also renamed Nightwing, & was across from the new Harley Quinn ride that opened this year. I also checked this on Wikipedia just now, because I know that ride was elsewhere before, & it got moved in 2011 & moved yet again for this past season. Kyle wanted to go on that Harley Quinn ride, but it was closed, so he was bummed. The Goliath coaster was also closed, which I don't know why. He said it was closed in May, so we looked into it & found an article from way back in 2016 saying it was closed indefinitely due to snapped cables. I peeked on Wikipedia just now, & I guess that happened on July 11 2016. There's no update so I guess it's been closed for a while?
Anyway, so we got ice cream & walked over to Superman, where my old record of an hour & a half wait from my very first ride on it was shattered. It also got renamed, as it was Bizarro when I went on it in 2009. Kyle looked it up while we waited in line, & when I went in 2009 the Bizarro theme was brand new that season. In 2015, it got reverted back to Superman, although when we got near the queue building we spotted some purple paint that was appearing under the red paint. They also got rid of the shooting flames they had & replaced it with water, which isn't anywhere near as impressive. Unfortunately there was only one train running, so the line took a long time to move. The Flash Pass that people used also held up the line for regular park goers considerably. When we got in line, the sun was still shining. When we got on the ride, the sun had set. We got in line at 6:08. We got off the ride at 8:32. It didn't help that a group of people had cut in line, so that caused a big stink. According to another person in line & the person manning the queue at the top of the stairs, they got pretty mouthy when spoken to, so the woman working called security. I felt bad for the guy who got cut. When we FINALLY got inside the building & got to wait in line for specific seats, he & his son were in the second row. Ahead of Kyle & I there were two young men, & a kid who was going as a single rider. The kid let the two guys go, & then darted to the second row right in front of the guy who had been cut off by that group, so he got pissed. One of the ride operators made the kid get back out & wait his turn. Finally we went on, though it took several minutes to go. We saw the main ride operator get gloves & paper towels, so we wondered if someone had gotten sick. The ride operator right in front of us said that there was blood on one of the seats, & mentioned a womanly problem. (Yuck) After that got cleaned up, we FINALLY got to go. It was getting pretty dark at this point, so all the lights were on. Kyle started to freak out as we neared the top & told me he always gets scared when he gets up that high. I was doing okay, until that train started to go down over that first drop. I forgot how vertical it looks from there, almost like the track dips in a little, & it scared the hell out of me. The ride was pretty wet, too, as they had the misters going on the ride.
That ride wait took so long, we ran out of time to do anything else for rides. We didn't get to hit up the Wicked Cyclone, & I didn't get to see about the Pandemonium. We also wanted to go on the SkyScreamer (swings) ride, & Kyle had mentioned going on the teacups. Kyle got one more ice cream, & I got my bag out of the locker I had rented for the day, & we headed for the parking lot to head home. We got back pretty darn late, as we made a stop at a rest area for food, & then I messed up & didn't notice we missed an exit to get onto another highway. We ended up going back along the same way Eric's dad used to take us when we were headed back north after being in Providence, so I got some reminders there as we passed the parking lot we'd meet at. (Never did I think that the last time we went down that it would truly be our last time going down together. It was where I heard him say that his cancer was "manageable, but not treatable." I had just thought he had a few more years, not less than one after that) We got back around 1, so Kyle hit the shower & then I hit the shower.
Now here I am at work, writing this. I figured I'd write about the weekend & finally give a more positive update since I've spent too long dwelling on the negative. Eric did mention that yesterday made 3 weeks since his father had passed, & today felt like another Monday where his dad should've walked through that door. That messed with my head for a while. It's still messing with my head since I'm now thinking about it. I'm about to write another order since Eric didn't get a chance to last night, & it'll be the second order I've written since.... It's going to mess with my head, since it's not going to be done the way his father normally had it done & there will be a couple of new things.
I should get started on that actually. I may as well get it over with.