In the last year or so, Seth has found a passion for roller coasters. He watches YouTube videos of rollercoaster rides, reviews, and even tutorials on how to construct them. He has actually typed up summaries (with pictures) of the best roller coasters in America that he reads to whoever will listen. Our family has heard about Cedar point, Ohio many times.
This summer, he has been asking us daily to take him to Lagoon, our local amusement park, to ride their new coaster named Cannibal. On July 22, for his older brother’s birthday, he got his chance. The ride delivered and was everything he had hoped it would be. His brother, on his birthday, was nice enough to buy Seth a Cannibal T-shirt when his mom refused.
He also rode a ride called Spider. This ride is a roller coaster with a spinning element to it. He rode this ride alone and decided he would like to video the experience on his iPod. His mom had told him no iPod on the rides, so when she left for home and it was just me, of course he took advantage. What he didn’t expect, was on the first hard spin, the iPod flew out of his hand to the ground (exactly what his mom said would happen). The ride attendants saw the iPod leave his hand and stopped the ride. They sent three people down to see if it was anything that could be a potential hazard to the ride. Afterward, Seth got off in tears, fearing his iPod was gone forever.
Seth saw the attendants find his iPod and was afraid they would not give it back. We went together to ask for it. After speaking with a supervisor and proving the iPod was his, they did, in fact, hand it over. Seth was relieved and said he would not take it on a ride again. Lucky for him, there was one really cool aspect of the event: Seth’s iPod caught the whole experience on video, including the plunge from the roller coaster to the ground below.