July 31, 2012

The Tea Cups are the Devil

I've officially gotten old.

I never thought I would actually admit it, but roller coasters just might not be my thing anymore. I can still ride all of the wooden ones, which for my money have always been the best, but the ones that flip upside down and do those crazy corkscrews, I think my days are numbered.

There are lots of rides that I can't go on anymore and it seems that those are the ones that the kids enjoy the most. The number one ride that is no longer doable for me is the Tea Cups. I can't think of a more horrible experience on a ride; you spin and spin and spin to the point of wanting to throw up. Where is the joy in that? The number two ride is any little kids roller coaster. The seats seem to be positioned right in the area of your back that causes the most pain. I have never been in as much pain getting off a ride than I was getting off a ride called Roadrunners Runaway Railroad. Seriously.

I know I am not alone in this. There are countless people my age that have thrown up on the Tea Cups and ended up in traction after getting off a kids roller coaster. I don't mind that so much because my kids will outgrow those rides.

It's the big metal roller coasters that bother me though. My kids are just getting to the age where these rides are what excites them when they go to an amusement park. They don't excite me at all. They make me nauseous and I get the feeling of almost blacking out.

I knew this day would come, I just never thought that it would come this soon. I see my dad and he can't go on certain rides anymore, but he is 75. I'm only 38 and the thought of a full lifetime ahead of me without roller coasters kind of stinks. I just hope it never gets to the point where the wooden ones are off limits for me.

I guess if you need to find me at the amusement park I'll be that guy riding a scooter around going from the Ferris Wheel to the Merry Go Round. Those I can still do.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?



  1. LOL....

    Getting old is never fun. I take the philosophy your only as old as you feel. I think  that's why I still play cars, Legos and hide-and-seek. I will add that sitting on the hardwood floor for any length of time kills me. I never can seem to convince my 3-year-old otherwise though (he wants to sit in the floor)


  2. Playing is no issue for me.  It's what these rides do to my head and body.  We just reach a certain age where someone tells us, thats enough, you've had your fun.

  3. I hear you John Willey and feel your pain, literally.  I'm fifty-one with twin seven-year-old boys, what was I thinking?  We have passes to Kings Island and I am sore for days from the damn kid rides, what am I gonna do when they are ready for Diamondback?  Yikes...
    As always, love your blog.

  4. Thanks Bill! I guess we just have to let them get taller so they can go on the rides themselves.

  5. Dude... I went on back-to-back spinning rides with Peanut just YESTERDAY. Then she wanted to go on something called the TORNADO. I said I needed a break. I had to sit down, have some water, and take deep breaths for 10 minutes. Luckily, her desire to ride the Tornado subsided. Ugh. Give me a good roller coaster any day. The spinning stuff is just awful.

  6. My husband feels that way about the spinny rides too..the kids wanted to do the teacups a second time and he said no way.  I think I may have ridden my last coasters  as well but I didn't fall apart till 40..

  7. I am so relieved to learn that I am not the only one who has nearly blacked out on a roller coaster. I'm 38, too, and that was at least 10 years ago. Since then I have never ridden another roller coaster and I never will. My older son will just have to wait until his younger brother is old enough to ride with him!

  8. The first time it happened to me was a few years ago... Of course I made the mistake of riding the same roller coaster four times in a row. Whoops. But now it can happen at any time.

  9. I don't think any of us can do those rides... They make them just for kids to torture their parents.

  10. Yeah, tornados don't sound like much fun at all.