Archive for July, 2009

A tale of two spiders

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 July 2009 by jason

OK, so yesterday, I found a spider walking in my shower. I am afraid of spiders…terrified, actually…but I don’t usually kill anything, so I got a peice of toilet paper out and got the spider to climb onto the paper.

Now, I had seen that the spider had made a web in my bathroom, which I didn’t get rid of due to an ant problem I had (due to rotting wood and my landlord’s negligence, not a lack of hygiene on my part), so I put the spider there. Except…

It was the wrong spider. The spider from the web came out and attacked the other spider. I felt terrible, but what could I do at that point? They were already biting each other. So, I took my shower and left.

I had expected to find a spider web with one dead spider and one living, but slightly battered, spider. But that’s not how this all panned out.

Now, both spiders have migrated to the ceiling and are building new webs about a foot from each other. Occasionally, one spider goes to the other’s web, then comes back and builds his (or her) web even bigger. So, I’m part terrified of these spiders hanging above me, part fascinated by this game of “keeping up with the Joneses” they are playing, and part wondering how long it will take me to give up and sweep them out the window.

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Dear Mother Nature III

Posted in Bike, Exercise on 23 July 2009 by jason

Dear Mother Nature,

Ok, I know I said that you should go ahead and rain. But seriously? It was sunny when I rode my bike to the grocery store. I was in there…10 minutes at the most. It was dark and raining when I got out.

It’s OK…I get it. It was pretty funny, actually. Especially when I applied my back brake and started to fishtail while in traffic. Funny stuff, that.

Sincerely,

jay

P.S. That part when I got onto my street and then it started pouring? Nice touch.

Dear Mother Nature II,

Posted in Exercise on 23 July 2009 by jason

Dear Mother Nature,

See? You got to take a break, I got to run 6 miles, and we’re both happy. It’s called teamwork, yo.

No hard feelings?

-jay

P.S. You can go ahead and rain now, if you like. I’m inside now.

Dear Mother Nature,

Posted in Exercise on 23 July 2009 by jason

Dear Mother Nature,

I just want to go for a run. It will only take about an hour and a half. Seriously, this rain crap has been going on for DAYS. Why are you such a dick?

Sincerely,

jay

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart-“Young Adult Friction”

Posted in Music on 16 July 2009 by jason

A great song about having sex in a library. These guys really wish they were Belle and Sebastian, but I won’t hold it against them.

Return to Mother Goose Land

Posted in Bike, Exercise, Memories, Photography on 12 July 2009 by jason

Ok…last post, I talked about finding the ruins of Mother Goose Land in Canton, Ohio. However, without any sort of context, that story is really pretty meaningless.

Honestly, most of my memories of the place come from pictures. If you ask me about the park, I remember seeing the whale, and I remember falling off of a firetruck they had on display, and that’s about it. However, when I hear other people talk about it, or when I look at the pictures, memories come flooding back. Here is what I remember about the park:

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This is right outside the park. I’m the one in the green shirt. This wall is not there anymore.

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We’re not in Canton anymore…

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Here’s a pic of Willie the Whale in all his glory…

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And here are my brother and I visiting Willie!

So, the other day, I went back to visit the park and get some decent shots. Here’s what I saw…

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Under the bridge that leads there. Ominous.

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The gate is locked. Luckily, the bike path runs around the gate. No trespassing? Try to stop me!

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Willie!!!!

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On the other side, some of the buildings still stand. I heard that this side of the park became an armory for a while after the park closed.

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More buildings.

It’s weird going back there and seeing the entire park gutted. Still, I’m glad they left the whale and a few buildings as a monument to what used to be…

Adventure of the quest for the return of the lost city of the golden goose.

Posted in Bike, Exercise, Memories, otter on 9 July 2009 by jason

I rode my bike again.

Yesterday, I took that trail I was talking about last week (the one I took pics from) with the intention of riding through Stadium Park. I figured, what with the speed limit being about 20MPH in most of the part (and 10MPH in other parts), it would be a safe ride on the roads there. I was surprised, however, to find that the bike path that I had heard was planned for the park was actually just about complete, so the trip was much easier than it could have been.

Stadium Park was pretty uneventful (though very busy…a lot of people use the park system there!), but as I was turning around, I realized that accross the street, at Monument Park, the trail continued.

Again, Monument was busy, but the trail was nice and not too hard to ride on. When I made it through Monument, I was happy to find that the trail continued through Waterworks Park.

This is where the story gets interesting. I followed the trail through Waterworks until it passed under a bridge. Now, this place looked like the kind of place where you’d get mugged at night…the path turns a corner under the bridge, so vivibility is limited, and it’s between two hills, so you can’t really see the street from it. I decided to brave it and see what was on the other side of the bridge anyway, and I found…

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…the ruins of Mother Goose Land!!!

For those who don’t know, Mother Goose Land was a small theme park in Canton that closed down in th eearly-to-mid eighties. I have lots of pictures of my brother and I at Mother Goose Land when I was about 6 years old, back when it was still in operation. The otter and I had always joked about trying to find the whale, because we knew that it’s the last remaining part of Mother Goose Land still standing except for one building that was turned into some sort of armory.

I’ll admit, when I came out from under the bridge and saw Willie the Blue Whale there, I got a little choked up. I’m going to go back soon with a real camera (that pic is from my phone) and get some better pictures.

Anyway, if anyone wants to go for a bike ride in Canton, the Stadium/Monument/Waterworks park system has a great trail with a prize at the end!