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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…

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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!

Cedar Point!

Posted in and other fun, Memories, otter on 8 September 2008 by jason

Yesterday, the otter and I went to Cedar point for the second time this Summer! I won’t go into all the detail that I went into last time we went, but there were some highlights:

1)The Weather. It rained on the way up, but by the time we got there, the sun was out. It stayed around 75 degrees with a slight breeze, and the sun stayed out all day. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

2)The Lines. There were none. We went on a sunday when they were only open for 8 hours. This means that there weren’t many people in the park. The only lines we stood in all day were a 10 minute line for Dragster and a 45 minute line for Maverick. Other than that, we got right on to all the rides. (in fact, we rode the Raptor twice in 10 minutes, and six of those minutes were actually spent on the ride.)

3) Top Thrill Dragster. OK. This ride is on a hydraulic system that sends the cars from a standstill to 120 MPH on the straightaway, they sends you straight up for a while, then straight down. When it was built 5 years ago, it was the tallest, fastest coaster in the world. Let me tell you that I’m deathly afraid of heights, and I hate going fast when I’m not in control. This ride, therefore, is all my greatest fears combined. I had a panic attack before it took off, and I hyperventilated at the end. I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared in my whole life. In retrospect, the ride doesn’t feel as fast as it is, so I’d probably do it again.

I’m sure there are other high points too, but these are the ones that stand out. I’m sure the otter will chime in later with her own high points!

7 random things about me

Posted in Food, Meme, Memories, Movies on 23 November 2007 by jason

I was tagged by Stevo for this meme, so I thought I’d give it a try…

Here are 7 random facts about me:

1) Though I have been a vegetarian for 9 years, I occasionally still miss ham, bacon, and pepperoni. The meatless substitutes can not compare to the real thing, except for the meatless ham cold cuts.

2) I once met actor Pete Schrum at Hands Across America.

3)I participated in Hands Across America. I was 9 years old.

4)I can still recite the McDonald’s menu from the record that came in the newspaper in the mid ’80s. They had commercials with the munu-song, too.

5) I am pretty sure I have Dyscalculia. Because of this, when I go to a familiar place, it feels like somebody has moved everything. For example: every day, on the way to work, it feels like someone has moved all the buildings around.

6) Last time I had my vision checked, it was 20/17 in one eye and 20/20 in the other. This was a slight deterioration from the 20/15 20/17 vision I had years earlier.

7)Though my eyesight is sharp, my hearing is probably around 75%. I was supposed to have surgery as a child to correct this, but I refused.

I’m tagging 7 people:
J.A.Y.S.O.N.
Matthew C. Mackey
Charity
Dash
Chris Buckridge of the Ne’er Do Evers
Mo
bibliomom, though I’m surprized she wasn’t tagged by someone else!

Link to the person’s blog who tagged you.
Post these rules on your blog.
List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.
Tag seven random [?] people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting on comment on their blog.

Time Travel

Posted in Education, Magick, Memories on 11 November 2007 by jason

I’m stealing an idea from Amuirin, who stole it from someone who stole it from someone.

Anyway, what I’m going to do is set the Wayback Machine backwards in 5 year increments, so you can see what kind of twit I was growing up!

2002-age 25
I got married in August, and though it was a great wedding, in hindsight, the signs that it was doomed were there. The soon-to-be-wife and I fought a lot, especially as the wedding approached.

Two years before that, my best friend and I got into a HUGE fight that was still affecting my life with feelings of guilt and uncertainty. I’ve come to terms with that time now, but I was still was still a wreck in 2002.

Let’s see…2002, I was living in an apartment with the gf/wife. We watched a lot of TV, and spent too much time in altered states of conciousness. We also ate way too much pizza.

1997-age 20. I was recently kicked out of my parents’ house for cussing my mother out (to this day, I swear that it was justified!). I stayed at the aforementioned best friend’s house for a while; then, I moved to my girlfriend’s mother’s house. I spent too much money on comic books that year, if I recall.

This was also the year I really started reading books on religions other than Christianity. As a consequense of this spiritual journey, I began dabbling in magick, and I started weaning myself off of meat. I never looked back.

1992-age 15 I was just starting high school this year, which was much better than junior high. Nobody wanted to beat me up in high school, and my behavior that was concidered weird in junior high was now concidered “alternative.” I began listening to “alternative” music, as well, and shunned top 40 radio forever. I also began to grow my hair long.

I played a lot of video games in 1992. Nintendo was my God.

1987-age 10. I think this was when my friends and I started out Max Headroom fan club. We played a lot of Nintendo, but our big thing was G.I. Joe. Looking back, I think that this was the root of my writing ability: creating stories with these figures. My friends and I would take the time to ensure that there was some form of narrative. I remember one game of G.I. Joe we played in my attic that lasted a month and took a day and a half to prepare for. I think that this was around the time I could see the ghosts that haunted my parents’ basement.

1982-age 5. Hmmm….lots of Atari 2600. Video games have always played a big part in my life.

I started going to kindergarten, I think, but I cried a lot. I was an overly sensative child, and didn’t deal with the stress of being left somewhere everyday. I met my friend Shane Davis, who would later betray me and join the gangs that liked beating me up. He would also go on to use a lot of drugs, clean himself up, then die of cancer.

Let’s see…vague images of sticker books and Star Wars figures.

1977-Age 0. I was born 2 weeks before Star Wars came out, a fact that I feel is cosmically significant. I don’t remember anything about this year, but I’ve been told that I cried a lot, and I learned to talk early. My first word was “gimmie.”

So, let’s keep this ball rollling….someone else better do this, too!

Top 5 Meme: Top 5 favorite cartoons as a kid

Posted in Meme, Memories, Television, Top 5 on 18 October 2007 by jason

It’s Meme Time ™ Y’all!

Um….ok.

What were your top 5 favorite cartoons when you were a child? They can be shows that you find entirely unwatchable now; you only had to like them when you were a child.

Here are mine, in random order.

1. Transformers.
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Of course, as a child of the eighties, and as a boy, I thought that the Transformers were the shiznit. However, the word “shiznit” didn’t come along until later, so I didn’t have the vocabulary to discuss them. Now I do. Shiznit. Anyway, great cartoon, awkward toys. The show should have ended when Optimus died.

2. G.I.Joe.
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Yo Joe! Again, if you were a boy in the eighties and this is not on your top 5, you must be a communist (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!). This show was great, and the toys were better! The one thing I hated, though, were the PSAs at the end. I used to watch for a character to say, “And knowing is half the battle!”, then I would take the figure of that character and freeze him in ice or hang him with a little twine noose.

3. Robotech: Macross
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This show was basically a soap opera for kids. Lots of action, lots of robots, and it was the 1st time I ever saw a main character die. Roy Fokker’s death still haunts me to this day!

I recently rewatched part of this series, and besides some corney elements, this one actually holds up to my somewhat adult sensibilities.

4. Galaxy Rangers.
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I wish I could remember more of this show! I remember that the stories seemed more mature than most shows, and even my Dad liked it! Basically, a galactic squad of rangers maintained peace and fought biologically engineered soldiers. Good stuff. There was no toy line in the US because the producers thought it would cheapen the show! Classy.

5. The Real Ghostbusters
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Who you gonna call? This show was great…I still catch it every once and a while. Is this one out on DVD? I’d buy it if it were. It picks up where the 1st movie left off.

Bit of trivia: Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield in his own cartoons, played Peter Venkman on this cartoon. In the Garfield movie, Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters movie, voices Garfield. Weird.

So, go on…what were your favorite shows?

Here are Bibliomom’s favorites!
Here are Stevo’s, better late than never!

Revisiting my Childhood

Posted in Memories, Television on 18 October 2007 by jason

I love the DVD age.

Because DVDs are cheap to produce and the profit margin on them is high, studios are releasing entire seasons of all the shows I grew up with. Imagine my glee when I walk into Best Buy and see Galaxy Rangers, the Robotech boxed sets, or the entire series of Amazing Stories!

I’ve been revisiting my childhood through these DVDs. Recently, I checked out Super Friends: The Legendary Superpowers Collection and the entire series of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Super Friends served as a reminder of how lucky the current generation of kids are. Recently, I watched the entire series of Justice League that was from this decade. Compared to that, Super Friends is just plain bad. Actually, on its own, it’s just plain bad. It’s cool to have Super Friends playing in the background while I’m doing something else, but it’s pretty much unwatchable.

Dungeons & Dragons was another show that I loved as a child. Actually, the premise of a bunch of kids from the ’80s being sent back in time bothered me back then. I’ve never been a fan of the “stranger in a strange land” types of stories. However, when I heard Dungeon Master say: “Fear not, Ranger, Barbarian, Magician, Thief, Cavalier….and Acrobat!” I felt a little shiver of joy. The cartoon itself? Well…most of the voices were annoying, everyone referred to the dangers they faced as “gross”, and everything was spelled out a little to much for my tastes.
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Sometimes, the past is better left in the past.

I hate the DVD age.