Today’s Brew: More Vanilla Caramel Creme. Even just the smell makes me happy.
I love amusement parks. The higher, faster, scarier the roller coaster, the better. I can’t wait till all my friend’s kids are old enough and tall enough to ride rides with me.
But these parks keep getting harder and harder to find. In Sex and Soco, the girls and their new friends party at an abandoned amusement park. I decided to explore some of the local parks that used to exist. Most of them have been severely vandalized or burned down if they still have any buildings standing. Others have been torn down and made into housing or retail. Yawn. If they’re lucky, they’ve become open space parks.
There used to be a ton of these neighborhood parks in Massachusetts. Why did they close? Mostly because of financial issues and mismanagement. The little parks couldn’t compete with the huge mega parks anymore. Others had safety issues, and bad publicity from injury and death led to their demise. The roller coaster at Lincoln Park in Dartmouth, MA jacknifed and never reopened.
I couldn’t help but see the similarities in what happened to these amusement parks and some of the asylums we explored during March Madness. Interesting how fun and madness are so closely intwined.