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Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Thunder Road

Thunder Road is a wooden roller coaster. It opened to much media attention in 1976.

The coaster is built across the Carolinas state line. The coaster begins in South Carolina and then crosses into North Carolina.

Wheeeeeeeeeee, here they go……………..

The brakes release the trains and the riders are taken on a gentle downward turn.

The turn goes back under the brake run and meets with the backward- or forward-facing train.

The chain soon latches on and the trains are carried up 93 feet (28 m). As you are lifted up the hill, there are four signs that make the sentence “Grit your teeth, bear the load, enjoy your ride on Thunder Road.”

The drop of 88 feet (27 m) is followed by several small to medium-sized “bumps” giving riders the feeling of air-time.

Following the small bumps, a large hill with a turn begins the train’s journey back to the station. The tracks diverge and cross more small and medium-sized bumps.

A tunnel covers the last drop and hill, which is immediately followed by a long brake run where the tracks meet up again.

Go ahead. I think I’ll just wait for y’all right here.

Creative Incarceration

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An old man lived alone in Idaho. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, Bubba, who used to help him, was in prison.The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Bubba:I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me. Love, Dad

A few days later, he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad:For heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up that garden. That’s where I buried the BODIES.Love, Bubba

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local Police showed up and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.That same day, the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad:Go ahead and plant the potatoes now. It’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love, Bubba


Oprah

May 28th, 2011 1 comment
For years I watched Oprah, often getting home from work just in time to catch the last few minutes.
When I was given  a five inch TV  I kept it at school.
I would plug  it in at 3:00, after dismissal to see what she was going to talk about.
Many days I stayed late just to see the whole program while preparing for the next day. ( These were the days before TIVO.)
During the summers, when I visited my Mother, we usually watched Oprah.  That was where I saw the greatest influence of her show.  Mama became informed about many women’s issues and other social issues that she had either never thought about or hadn’t been given adequate information to make a judgment.
We would discuss the subject matter that we might never have discussed if  Oprah had not opened the discussion to broaden our range of conversations. I think Mama would agree with the majority of women who watched the show, that Oprah had become her teacher too.

Oprah developed a comfort level with people of all races, creeds and colors.  She entered into many homes where a person of color had never been.  I believe, and certainly hope, that she changed a lot of minds, enlightened generations, by not fitting the stereotype that was expected.
OWN  is  channel 219 on my cable station, and I have already started recording some of the programs.  Oprah may not be waiting for me every day at 3:00, but her influence will definitely still be around.
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