Friday, May 30, 2008

New thrills for '08

USA Today recently ran a great article with an extensive list of new theme park attractions for 2008. Myrtle Beach, SC, former home to such lamented fun spots as Magic Harbor (a.k.a. Haunted Harbor) and the Pavilion Amusement Park, gets the most exciting addition with a much-needed brand new theme park: Hard Rock Park. My family usually vacation several times a year in Myrtle Beach. I haven't been since my honeymoon in '89 (yes, I was a child groom) but this just might be enough incentive to get me back down there.

Pictured: (top) Farenheit at Hersheypark, Hershey, PA., (bottom) The Simpsons Ride, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL. From USA Today.

Hard Rock Park videos:

Led Zeppelin - The Ride & The Eagles' Life In The Fast Lane (coasters)

Bohemian Rhapsody (nightly laser/fireworks/effects show)

Listening to: Al Green - Take Your Time ft Corinne Bailey Rae

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Three reasons to love Isabella Rossellini

1) Blue Velvet. Duh.

2) The Saddest Music in the World. A trippy, surreal delight.

3) Green Porno, her series of short films depicting the sex life of insects (safe for work). Not to be missed!

Listening to: Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Pool Scene

More thrills than they paid for

Visitors to Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa, got a little extra thrill last weekend on the Splash Over, which looks like a pretty intense spin-and-puke ride to begin with. Riders were stuck upside-down for seven minutes.

Listening to: Peter Thomas - Coolstuff

Monday, May 19, 2008

More sexual impropriety at HappyTech

Loyal readers of my blog (both of you) will remember my tale of Irv, my coworker who brought a lot of grief upon us all after saving a giant stash of porn on an office computer. Unfortunately the situation was handled all wrong and he was given the opportunity to delete the porn before anyone proved he was the guilty party. Afterwards other accounts of his sexually inappropriate behavior towards coworkers came to light. In the year since, Irv has continued to work at HappyTech and the boss has continued putting him in charge of things, despite his apparent unreliability. He frequently has come to work with alcohol on his breath or appearing hung over and strung out. He got wasted on a business trip and was unable to show up for one day of the function the company had sent him halfway across the country to run.

When you keep problem employees on, you can expect problems. We got big problems last weekend when Irv went to a big convention to represent us. Once again he got too wasted to attend the event he was there for. He did manage to attend a banquet the previous night though, where he availed himself of the free-flowing alcohol and made sexually inappropriate remarks to several of our customers' wives. Apparently he was going around introducing himself as the Nipple Police.

This time he's getting fired.

Listening to: Lucinda Williams - Joy