Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Twelve Flags, Seven Days, One Hearse

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Muley family took some time off over Spring Break to do a little traveling around Texas. We went with another family from our church we're good friends with and who have girls around the same age as our two daughters.

We made the daring, possibly insane, decision to visit both of the Six Flags Over Texas parks in the state within seven days of each other. We began with a one-day trip to Six Flags in Arlington, where we had to go to pick up our new season passes. Six Flags must be in need of some quick cash, because they have a deal now where you can buy a season pass for the price of a one-day admission. Consequently, there were a bajillion people at the park, most of them new season pass holders like us.

The funniest sight I saw in the Arlington park was one of the musical acts. This was during spring break, and apparently someone in park management figured, "Hey, we'll have oodles of head-bangin' college and high school kids here on Spring Break. We need a band they'll like." So, they hired an aging baby boomer heavy metal band that played songs such as "White Wedding" at a volume that almost jammed the radar at nearby DFW Airport. Here is the band in their full rockin' glory:

Actually, they weren't all that bad. The big problem was that the park officials apparently decided it was okay to place this 100 decibel gang of bangers onstage at the edge of the young kiddie section of the park, right between the log flume ride and the Spongebob Squarepants 3-D Theatre. As a result, there weren't too many screaming college chicks around rushing the stage, but there were a lot of deaf old people and exhausted moms with baby buggies, glad for a chance to sit on a bench, who made up the crowd. Don't they look as though they might form a mosh pit and start tearing off their clothes any minute?

Have you gotten "fed up" with the high prices they charge for food at amusement parks? We have, so we were looking for culinary bargains at Six Flags. We finally found a great deal on some incredibly inexpensive food near the koi pond.

We returned home, and after a few days back in Waco we took off again, this time to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. This is the best Six Flags park in Texas, in our opinion, because the rides are better and it's usually less crowded. There was nothing weird to report at Fiesta Texas, except that they asked me to join their latest publicity campaign. (Uh, I'm the one on the left...)

I did get one final laugh out of the trip, although it wasn't at Fiesta Texas. I was doing some browsing at a Borders bookstore while the rest of the crew was out clothes shopping, and when I left and got in my car, I noticed an old hearse across from me in the parking lot.

Now, a retired hearse being put to use as personal transport is not all that uncommon, but what got me to laughing was the vanity license plate attached to the front:

Today's quote:

"It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off."

--Woody Allen


Jeff H said...

Or perhaps it was just a mortician with a sense of humor?

Jenn said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA That crowd listening to the band is hilarious.

Nettie said...

Were the old people deaf already?

Lauren said...

The food sounds delicious.

Muley said...

Jeff: I have never met a mortician with a sense of humor. Have you? In fact, I'm not sure I'd want to use a mortician with a sense of humor. I don't want people sitting on whoopee cushions at my funeral.

Jenn: The crowd was funny to me. Wish you'd been there to catch them in a sketch. You'd make it even funnier.

Nettie: If they weren't deaf beforehand, they sure were afterward.

Lauren: Actually, it tasted terrible, But the strangest thing was, when we threw it in the pond in disgust, the ducks just ate it up.

EmmaSometimes said...

was the food koi tacos by chance?

Crazy and lovin' it said...

OH that is pretty darn good "UNDEAD" funneeeeyyy!

sarahgrace said...

There is someone who drives a hearse in our town, and in the passenger seat they've placed a skeleton.