Roller Coasters

What is it that makes a roller coaster so much fun?
Is it the fear that you might actually be tossed from the ride?  Do we get on these creations just to flirt with Death?  To make us feel more alive?  I don’t think that’s it.  If we actually believed there was a risk, these rides would be much less popular.
Is it, then, the unexpected drops and spins and turns and loops?  The unforeseen, sudden change in direction that throws us sideways in the harness?  If this were true, we’d only ride each roller coaster a few times before getting bored with it, and that’s not the case.
I think it’s just be the thrill of the ride.  The wind in your face, the clatter of the track, and the excited screaming of the person you’re with.  Sure, there will be jolts and bumps, and you might have an honest fear for a minute, but in the back of your mind, you know that you’ll pull back into the station safely, and that you’ll happily get back in line for another ride.
I’ve found the roller coaster of my dreams, and I plan to get in line over an over until they shut her down.

8 thoughts on “Roller Coasters”

  1. My love is like…a roller-coaster, baby, baby….I wanna ride.
    That’s it Stuck–ride her ’till the wheels fall off! 😉
    I wonder if Fabio still gets on roller-coasters since the bird fiasco?

  2. Happy to hear you’re enjoying yourself! Personally, I hate roller coasters. Between the heights & truly hating that moment of anticipation at the top of the hill, I avoid them, unless it’s the Runaway Mine Train type. I prefer the teacup/scrambler/whitewater/throw you all over the place rides. I’ll ride those over & over again. I hope your ride keeps getting better & better!
    (Aside: PH, your comment about riding until the wheels fall off bring to mind a sappy song from one the wedding episodes of Queer Eye. The guy used that to talk about his love for his fiancee & the QE guys incorporated the line into a song written for the wedding. I didn’t think it an expression people actually used — just something from the guy in the episode.)

  3. I was about to say, “I’m so glad you didn’t say you were going to ride her until they shut her down” but then when I opened the comment page, I saw that PH doesn’t have your restraint.

  4. I can’t believe someone would use that quote for a wedding.
    Personally, I prefer to trade-in for a new model every few years instead of riding it until the wheels fall-off.

  5. Having recently read Lullaby and Rant, I’m gonna say that whatever Palahniuk does with his private life is fine with me, because I love the way he writes.

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