New York, New York

After MGM, Eric, Andy, Lisa and I headed over to New York, New York because I wanted to ride the roller coaster that they had there. Lisa is not a roller coaster fan, and so she headed off to find a slot machine. Meanwhile, Eric, Andy and I followed the lines on the floor up through the arcade and into the line for the roller coaster.

We probably had to wait in line 20-25 minutes or so. It was mostly uninteresting. However, not too far in line behind us was a minor celebrity, someone I’d never heard of before named “Constantine” who was apparently a former contestant of that popular game show, “American Idol”.

Andy treated us to the ride, which was generous considering it was something like $12/person to ride the beast. But it was a pretty good ride. There were at least two good drops, both of which produced negative gees (not much–probably just over 1 negative gee). There was also a barrel roll that ended up as a reverse Immelmen. And toward the end of the ride, there was a 720 degree clockwise turn that probably produced about 2 Gs of force. We all survived and the picture that was taken at the end was pretty amusing. But not worth the money they were charging for it.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.