December 30th, 2005 – by: freak0ut
OMG, the shark bit that lady's head and legs off!
Back in the day, we used to get a single fee waived ticket per calendar year. It was December 30, and I still hadn't used mine, so I chose the coldest city in the lower 48 states. We went to the Mall of America and it was a hilarious wonderful day of hanging out. I'd never been there before and my impression is that it's a big mall with an amusement park in the middle. I was still relatively inexperienced with traveling on my own at this point in time. Something that I find hilarious was that when I got home that night, I wrote about how I was impressed with myself for "only" spending $115 that day. Ha! I'm sure I still considered myself a budget traveler but I obviously hadn't completely grasped this idea yet. $115, in a mall, in one day! Frankly, I find that a little unimpressive, although $50 of that was just on our wristbands for the Camp Snoopy amusement park.
An aquarium inside the mall where SpongeBob peers down at you from a boat, on top of the water. Which makes no sense at all.
We also went to this absolutely awful dinosaur walk museum which was the worst waste of money I have ever discovered in my travels throughtout the globe. Okay, so I haven't traveled the globe per se, but I find it very hard to believe that there is a worse waste of money out there somewhere, and if there is, I no longer have the desire to ever travel the globe. Today I also learned that when you go to mall food courts, don't eat at the one fast food place you aren't familiar with just to do something different, because you'll end up eating a really crappy overpriced lunch. Just stick with Taco Bell. It will still be crappy and overpriced, but at least you'll know what you're getting yourself into. The best part of the day involved the roller coaster.
As we were waiting in this line, I saw a pair of Crocs for the first time. And I was appalled even then.
All my life, I have been afraid of roller coasters. I don't have motion sickness, I think as a kid it was a mostly mental thing that just prevented me from going on rides. I will throw up if a spin around like three times in a row but there is nothing about a roller coaster that makes me ill. These days, I don't have issues where I think about things so I have lost many of my old fears...but I still can't go on one that goes upside down or drops at crazy angles. Anyway, Trinity of course begged me to go on and I saw it had no loops or 90 degree drops so I said okay. It turned out she was tall enough. We get on the thing and it takes off, and the first thing Trinity does on her first time on a real roller coaster is reach her arms into the air, and I immediately insist that either one or both of us are going to fall out of the roller coaster and tumble to our deaths on the floor of the biggest mall in the world.
Trinity assumes the same position as the dinosaur behind her, who I think is saying "What? I don't know! Don't blame me you spent all that money on this museum!"
I am literally screaming, and Trinity is laughing hysterically at me while at the same time trying to struggle free of my arm to lift hers into the sky. It was seriously the funniest thing that happened that YEAR. Trinity is so much more wild than I am. We went on two more times after that and I calmed down in subsequent rides. We also went on the SpongeBob ride which was one of those where you sit in a chair and watched a movie and the chair shakes around and vibrates, etc. I guess that was kind of fun.