Monday, March 02, 2015

10.2 Animals - Carousel

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the second day of each month is "Animals."
As a special treat for being an extra special snowflake, my high school physics teacher sent me and a few other special snowflakes to a nearby amusement park to complete a packet (how many g's on the roller coaster? what's the circumference of the racecar track?).  I honestly have very little memory of this excursion, but I do remember spending an inordinate amount of time counting the lights on the Ferris wheel.

When I was in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago and my nephew wanted to ride the carousel, I stood there waiting for him to make it through the line and I was a bit overwhelmed. I was wearing my coat and carrying my nephew's, so sweat was trickling down my back.  I could hear the chatter of thousands of people echoing through this enormous enclosed park, the tinkling music of the carousel, and my brother-in-law asking me questions.  There was a baby screaming somewhere near, my fingers were swollen from dehydration, and all I could see in front of me were the lights.
Ignoring my brother-in-law (I am so rude), I began counting the lights. Each mirror had 40. There were 15 mirrors.  Each panel had 65. There were 7 panels. Each section of the circumference had 30. There were 10 sections.

Slowly, I calmed down. I did the multiplication in my head, shaking my head when I had to carry.  And then when I saw my nephew go around, I didn't hear the noise or feel like I was going to collapse from the heat.  Instead, I saw his big smile, and I waved at him and watched as he waved back. The next time around, I made a funny face and I could hear his giggles until he came around again.

It turns out high school physics was good for something in my life after all.
To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

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