THE AMUSEMENT PARK — I love roller coasters.
Visiting different amusement parks is one of my joys. I love trying different roller coasters and then riding them over and over again.
However, my kids didn't get that from me. Every time we go to Lagoon, they spend most of their time telling me every ride they refuse to go on and then start crying if we get too close to some of the bigger rides, fearing I'll force them on one.
I have failed as a father. Not because they don't want to ride, but because my reaction is absurd.
I get all put out and mopey because I'm actually a giant child who whines when he doesn't get to ride the fun roller coasters. I'm working on it, people. My go-to response to my kids is usually along the lines of telling them engineers built these rides and they're safe. I tell them to look at all the people smiling when they get off the ride and how each one is in one piece and no one was hurt.
This video isn't going to help my case.
While this coaster looks exactly like Jet Star at Utah's Lagoon, it's actually a ride in Lithuania. As you'll see, the ride gets stuck at the top right before it takes its big, initial dive. These thrill-seekers weren't going to let a malfunctioning attraction stop their fun, however. As a team, they started rocking back and forth with synchronicity and fervor I haven't seen since "Lord of the Dance."
I also appreciate the dedicated soul who added the music to this video to let us know how special this moment really is.
Regardless, as much as I love roller coasters, I don't think if one stopped working that my initial reaction would be to band the strangers together on the ride to send the defective thrill ride down a steep hill.
But maybe I'm not really the coaster lover I thought I was. I could be easier on my kids.