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  xMonday, July 07, 2003

a wonderful weekend


We had a wonderful time this long holiday weekend. Friday we drove down to Louisville for my friend Joe's birthday party. It was at his in-laws' place, which has a pool; Cecilia swam for something like three hours. We enjoyed a nice cookout, and I got to visit with a lot of my Louisville circle of friends, some of whom I haven't seen all year!

Saturday we, along with my friend Hardin -- Cecilia's godfather -- took The Girls to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. We had a blast! We arrived just after opening time, and the crowds were pleasantly thin -- so much so that Hardin worried aloud about the park's prospects (the crowds picked up in the afternoon, fortunately). After a brief tour of the kiddie rides -- which, I remembered, we'd visited earlier while attending the Kentucky State Fair -- we ventured into the big kids' side of the park and rode the Ferris wheel.

Cecilia rode her first roller coaster -- the junior-sized Roller Skater -- and liked it so much she rode it three times in a row. To cap off the day, Hardin and I took her on the Mile High Falls log ride. That's one of my favorite attractions in the park -- it isn't fancy; just a ride up and a drop down. But it kicks up a tremendous bow wave and absolutely drenches the riders -- very refreshing on a hot day. In a clever bit of design, the exit ramp leads to a bridge over the spash pool, and visitors can stand in front of the spash to get even more wet. Cecilia rode that one twice and got soaked to the skin. Fortunately, the park has cleverly salted some kiddie-style rides in among the bigger attractions, so Naomi was also entertained.

Hardin and I also rode the dual coaster Twisted Twins. It was a lot of fun; I hadn't ridden a roller coaster in years, and hadn't ridden one that was new to me in I don't remember when. It's sort of quirky -- a wooden track built onto a metal frame. It was a lot of fun, though; I'm a big fan of wooden coasters, and Twisted Twins had that rattletrap appeal.

After visiting my dad, we headed home -- a good move, as it gave us much of Sunday to recuperate.

We continued our DVD buying binge this weekend. While shopping for birthday presents for Joe and my brother Jeff, I picked up a DVD of the 1965 anime Kimba the White Lion for the girls, and for myself, I got a swank-looking two-pack of Italian science fiction movies from Retromedia: War of the Planets and War of the Robots. It's double-barrelled B-movie fun in a clever package.

Sunday we got Naomi's two-year birthday portraits made. While waiting for our sitting appointment, we took advantage of a DVD sale to pick up a copy of Disney's Hercules and The Aristocats, plus a copy of The Fugitive, which we watched last night. While we were in the store, I also grabbed Onimusha 2, as it was only ten bucks. (I've learned that if I don't get games at that point, they go off the shelves and become hard to find.) Of course, I'm still deep in the middle of GTA3, so I just watched the incredibly impressive opening CGI animation. On first impression, it looks pretty cool, but there's one major disappointment -- no Japanese language track this time. The original Japanese soundtrack (with subtitles of course) was a major part of the original game's cool factor.

I'm still pretty tired, but not as much as I would be had we stayed in Louisville through Sunday. I'm still catching up on some email and other matters, but plan to have some more posting later today. I hope everyone had a delightful holdiay weekend.





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