May 25, 2007

Fear And Loathing In Agawam, MA

Tomorrow morning it's off to Six Flags New England, where the new "Wiggles World" theme area will be the site of an appearance by the actual Greg, Murray, Jeff and Sam. I expect Captain Feathersword will be there too.

Doesn't Sam look a little too much like Fred Savage?

Now since the opening of Six Flags New England in 1999, I've visited the park twice. My fondest memories of the place were pre-Six Flags when it was plain old Riverside Park. As a kid, going to Riverside was a major highlight of any given summer.

Now? Eh. I can't ride half of the rides because they make me want to puke. My tolerance for the heat of the summer sun has seriously waned. The crowds are intolerable. And everything is ridiculously overpriced. Usually, I'll put up with all of that for a trip to the Mouse House of Mordor in Orlando. But I could never rationalize frequent trips to this place.

Until now, of course. The opening of the Wiggles World area sealed the deal for the Mrs. (also known as the family Entertainment Director). Now, I've got season passes. And tomorrow I'll be enduring just the first in what I'm sure will be a summer full of minivan rides to Agawam, Massachusetts.

Remember me while you're drinking and grilling this weekend.

Damn you, Wiggles!!

UPDATE (5/27):
I'm back. I'm O.K. Though I've learned not to push down on the lap bar for "Superman: Ride of Steel" too hard before taking off. Apparently (at the end of the ride) the car ahead of us was full of hurl and needed to be cleaned out before we could disembark. Sitting in the hot sun with one of your nuts feeling like it's about to rupture is NOT a pleasant experience. Next time I'll sacifice a wee bit of safety for the ability to move the boys into a more comfortable position. Yikes.

Posted by Gary at May 25, 2007 03:30 PM | TrackBack

Oh man. I'd forgotten about those guys for a whole week. Thanks a lot!

Posted by: agent bedhead at May 25, 2007 07:01 PM

At what age do kids outgrow the Wiggles? My girl is 4 1/2 and has never seen them. Am I off scott free?

Posted by: John at May 25, 2007 08:33 PM

Sorry, John. But you've got at least two more years before this window closes.

Keep her away from the Disney Channel and choose her friends carefully. You might get through this period unscathed.

Posted by: Gary at May 25, 2007 10:13 PM

The heat of summer?

Exactly how warm does it get in that frozen wasteland? (Humidity does count as increasing the pain)

Posted by: Zendo Deb at May 26, 2007 06:53 AM

Wake up Jeff! Everybody's wiggling!

Posted by: GroovyVic at May 26, 2007 07:27 AM

Gary, my poor man, you are SO screwed.

Fitting justice for a Mets fan, if you ask me.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at May 26, 2007 07:45 AM

Zendo Deb - CT in summer is all the high temperature (it was 90 today) fun of Florida (including West Nile and Lyme Disease) with high humidity and inland swamps, plus we get the fun of experiencing the largely solar powered snow removal program of a state that has no county governments, so each town plows or not according to its whim (and according to the until recently local custom of mixing more sand in that salt than salt). Throw in the high taxes, silly politics, and general disrespect for freedom (especially the 2nd Amendment) and you get a state that I will leave so fast it'll make your head swim once I get fed up with my current employer. The only truly positive experience has been getting to vote for Joe Lieberman.

I. Hate. New. England.

Gary - her friends so far are all local Chinese, and my wife only allows Chinese videos at home. I don't think the Wiggles are translated into Chinese yet (although we do have the Mandarin version of Clifford the Big Red Dog on DVD), so I may be safe.

Posted by: John at May 26, 2007 07:20 PM