I really am enjoying this vacation.  I just think that this post needs that initial disclaimer. 

I have this little problem with motion sickness.  Okay, it is a big problem.  At least when it comes to amusement park rides.  I get car sick too, but usually only if I am focusing on small details or trying to read something. 

Until this vacation, my most memorable motion sick moment was when my younger daughter was about three and we were on a half-day fishing boat expedition in Florida.  While the rest of my family was enjoying the fishing, my daughter and I sat on the outside bench, mid-boat, while I periodically ran to the rail to heave. 

Okay, not a pretty picture.  But what made it memorable was the woman sitting beside me who felt she had the perfect captive audience to question about adoption issues.  For those of you who don’t know me, my younger daughter is Chinese.  So, in between trips to the rail, I get asked things like this:

What happened to her real parents?

How did she learn to speak English? ( No, I’m not making that up)

Don’t the Chinese (Insert any inappropriate comment in front of a three-year-old here)?

Okay, maybe that is still my most memorable motion sick moment.  I really don’t know why I didn’t just redirect my heaving at that point.  I am older now and over being that nice….

But, back to now.  My dear one really enjoyed the Hulk roller coaster.  Really.  So, despite my motion sick moments, ones that included even the Jimmy Neutron ride, he urged my to try it.  After all, it didn’t go backwards like the Mummy, a move guaranteed to make me nauseous.  He saw my fear, not of nausea, but of the whole upside down thing.  “It is the smoothest coaster I’ve ever been on,” he cajoled.  “You’ll like it.”

Famous last words. 

I thought about my first post on this blog and the whole idea of taking risks.  Surely, I could overcome my fear and ride a roller coaster that turns me upside down.  Finally, after many urgings, a “puppy-dog” face, and a slight guilt over my published status stating I was going to take risks, I agreed.

He was right about the smoothest coaster part.  It is an awesome coaster.

He was WAY wrong about the motion sick factor. 


I have now ridden the Hulk. 

I will never ride the Hulk again.

After all, in some sense I have ridden it twice: THE FIRST and THE LAST TIME.


Jonah 2:10

And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry [land].