Friday, June 28, 2013

Ferris Wheel: Fazed

The letter "F" brings back happy memories; scary but happy.

My grandson, Zane, and I went to the Fireman's Carnival about ten years ago. We had loads of fun at all the booths until we walked by the Ferris wheel. Zane said, "Grammy how about going for a ride?" I replied with a flat out, "No!"

You see, I have a fear of heights. I have no problem flying in an airplane or climbing trees, but I hate climbing ladders, and I'm especially terrified of sitting in an open box attached to a circular moving device, which is at least five stories high, and the open box I'm sitting in, is rocking back forth in the wind. Plus it makes my stomach queasy after a couple of hot dogs and cotton candy.

Because Zane is my grandson, and because I wanted him to have a good time, I gave in and went on the Ferris wheel ride. Big mistake. This was the evening the Ferris wheel broke down for over 30 minutes and we were stuck at the very top swaying back and forth in the breeze. Zane thought it was cool, I was fazed to the max. The cotton candy and hot dogs were doing flips in my stomach and my mental state wasn't so hot.

The only redeeming things were watching the sun go down from a height of 264 feet and the lights come up in the surrounding village and watching Zane have a fun time. Those three things were actually magical. The best part is I didn't throw up.

When the big wheel was repaired it whirred to life, and before long Zane and I were safely on the ground. We were reimbursed the price of the Ferris wheel ride, took our reimbursement and reinvested it in a couple of candy apples.

Alphabet Thursday letter ("F") is brought to you by Jenny Matlock.  

13 comments:

writingmuscle said...

Well, the best thing of all that came from your experience, is that he will have that memory forever, and you. It sure as hell couldn't happen twice! Liz

Valerie said...

I know exactly how you felt. As a youngster, accompanied by my mom, we experienced a Ferris breakdown. Like you, we were at the top. I'm not afraid of heights but I didn't like that experience. Being out of control of the situation didn't help. I never went on the Ferris again.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I'm with you and I would not think a ride on the ferris wheel was fun. In addition to heights I'd be afraid of getting stuck at the top and that's exactly what happened to you!

Annesphamily said...

I love a ferris wheel! I hate elevators, parking garages and looking over large canyons or large bodies of water from tall heights! My favorite ferris wheel is located at Santa's Work Shop. It sits at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs! I am new following you! HAve a great weekend and thanks for the fun story. Now I am thinking about hot dogs, cotton candy and candy apples! Hmm.....

Along These Lines ... said...

I get sick looking at Ferris wheels. Heck, I got nauseated just watching the preview for Ferris Bueller's Day Off

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! What a test for you ~ Top of the Ferris Wheel ~ things we do for our grand children ~ huh? Great photo ~ happy 4th to you ^_^

Kara said...

I have a love/hate thing with Ferris wheels also. But, the love always wins out. I've never been stuck though...good choice on the candy apples.

lightly said...

i sure the letter F was highly censored on that little ride.
but looking back every one had a F$%^*&^g good time

Pam Beers. said...

Lightly: You are absolutely 100% correct about the "F" word being censored. Had I been alone on that ride, which would have never happened, there would have been no censoring.

Leovi said...

Yes, really exciting ride the Ferris wheel!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Add in the plane and the tree and elevators on the outside of buildings and I'm just like you when it comes to heights! I would have had a heart attack if I were trapped on a ferris wheel (and I've only been on one and it wasn't huge!) What we do for our grandkids, huh?!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm afraid of heights too. Oh my goodneess, I cannot imagine being stuck way up there for 30 minutes!

Jenny said...

Ferris wheels are so frightening... That must have really freaked you out!

At least you got a couple candy apples out of it... And you and Zane have a funny memory that will never be forgotten.

Fantastic post for the letter "F".

Thanks for linking.

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