ROLLER-COASTERS and Amusement and Theme Parks

A 'coaster station with people hopping back and forth across the tracks yet aligning them- selves safely when the train approached. “That's what I love about this place . . .” a man with a boy who might have been his grandchild said to me; “no rules!”

Walking up to a 'coaster platform saying “The ticket booths are closed” to hear “It's OK. He's wearing an RRC [Rec.Roller-Coaster] button!”

A large man in a second seat grabbing me as I flew out of a first seat. Just before entering the station I turned to laugh with him and implore him to “say nothing today. If you remember, say whatever you want tomorrow”.

Having a seatmate who refused to open, or even loosen, the common seat belt I resignedly let the ratcheting smashbar find a place on my body. It proved to be an extremely painful ride. It was the first time I had ever let one of those things get that close to me and, I assure you, it's the last. I don't like pain.

Walking up to a ticket window and, apparently seeing my RRC button, being sent to the Group window to pay a much lower price that also included a luncheon buffet.

Debating, on the way up a lift, whether to fasten the seat belt. Didn't. Got quite a scare (that's a good thing) on the first two elements. I've never before had such a debate with me as the question had not previously arisen but I had watched this particular ride and had also ridden the other end of the train.

Being forced to leave the station when there were not only empty seats but noöne on the platform: “It's park policy”.

Being invited to remain on the platform apparently because of my RRC button. Many more rides are possible thanks to such courtesy.

A man coming to me, small boy in hand, to sotto voce say “He's a little hesitant. Where do you suggest we ride?” Of course I said “Smack dab in d'middle” which I saw them do. I hope I didn't sing the line.

A man voluntarily relinquishing the front seat, after several rides, to me. The boy with him started to leave, too, but I invited him to stay which he did.

Riding, for the first time in my life, the middle of a 'coaster train. It's also the last time I'll ever do dat.