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On Carnivals, Roller Coasters and Such…

By idaflo | May 5th, 2010 | No Comments » 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1271844/Flamingo-Land-rollercoaster-Thrillseekers-left-hanging-upside-50ft-up.html?printingPage=true
WHAT a story – at a place called Flamingo Land: “Thrillseekers left hanging upside down 50ft up”. I can imagine the surprise, fear and then eventual embarrassment (after rescue) that followed. Transforms one’s understanding of rollercoasters, amusement parks, upsidedown-ness, rescues and wardrobe choices.

Was reminded of the story as I checked the classifieds in the paper. One of the jobs caught my eye. I was tempted.
“CARNIVAL HELP WANTED:
Must be at least 18 years
old, with valid drivers
license. Willing to travel
out of state.
501-352-4334
ask for Dennis.

No matter how old your typical carnival worker may be, they wear “those miles” on their faces and in their demeanor, and I always wonder, “what do they do, or where do they go the rest of the year”? Who hears their stories?

So why was I tempted to call and “ask for Dennis”? There’s a book waiting to be written there….either full of stories recording your experiences in each town – gathering a “carnie’s eye view of state fairs and the communities that host them – or perhaps just interviewing and finding out what textured things co-workers might have to say. Perhaps a devotional book could come out of it, tailored to folks on the road. Christ would be faithful.

Of course my husband didn’t like the idea, but I think some mission-minded Lutheran who can write, should just go for it.

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