The three-armed eggbeater ride of my childhood was called The Scrambler. It has evolved into today’s sleeker, curvier Sizzler. The cosmetics have changed, but the experience remains the same. It’ll still make you want to hurl, and (if you don’t hurl) it’s a great first date ride. That’s because centrifugal force smashes the riders together, forcing full side-body contact, which can be an icebreaker for shy kids.
This young couple seemed to be beyond their first date, but not by much. They boarded the ride first, which meant they had to wait a few minutes before it began. The entire time, she was deep in her own world, bent over her phone and texting. He sat there alone, looking shy and a little desperate. The ride began to move, and she was still texting. In a now-or-never moment, he gathered his courage and made a move, playfully trying to snatch the phone from her hand. YES! I wanted to cheer out loud for the kid! I could hear her whine, “NOOoooooooo!” But she was laughing and flirting as she secured the device in her purse and cuddled up to him. After the ride, she was clinging to his arm and giggling as they staggered away. The digital people could wait a few minutes longer.
“Mobile Manners” by Lesley Spanos. Acrylic painting on cradled Ampersand Gessobord, 11″ x 14″. Copyright ©2012 Lesley Spanos, all rights reserved.
For those who like in-progress shots, here are a few images of the painting taken along the way: