Tilt-A-Walker

More rain today, and it’s supposed to rain even more over the weekend, then snow early next week.

But it’s Friday. I don’t intend to go out any more than I have to over the weekend, anyway.

I stopped for groceries on the way home. A side street at the grocery store intersection had been cordoned off by the police. Cop cars were parked all over. A news helicopter hovered patiently overhead. I don’t know what was going on, but somebody was involved in a life-or-death drama, just a few hundred feet from where I was buying bananas.

It seems wrong, somehow, that we can be utterly oblivious to the sufferings and stresses of our fellow humans, even near at hand. I often remember that episode of Star Trek where Mr. Spock felt a sudden psychic pain when a Vulcan starship exploded.

On the other hand, I have to admit what we’ve got is a mercy—a kind of spiritual and emotional air-lock system. C.S. Lewis pointed out in The Problem of Pain that, by God’s kindness, the greatest amount of pain that can exist in the universe is limited to the greatest amount that one individual can endure. That may be a lot of pain, but there is no accumulation of common suffering.

There’s been some “buzz” around the blogosphere about the proposal in the Minnesota State Legislature to make the Tilt-A-Whirl the Official State Carnival Ride. The proposal was made by a representative from Faribault, where the Tilt-A-Whirl was invented and continues to be manufactured.

Let me state for the record that, as a person born in Faribault myself, I fully support this initiative, and indeed any initiative intended to promote anything or anyone originating in Faribault (pronounced “Fair-boe”).

I plan, in fact, to petition to have myself named Official Minnesota Washed-Up Midlist Author.

3 thoughts on “Tilt-A-Walker”

  1. Just a thought; but maybe they could rename the state legislature Tilt-a-Whirl :=)

    – and this could even become a trivia question of sorts; “what carnival ride does your state gov. most remind you of?”

  2. The Tilt-a-Whirl is the greatest of all carnival rides, since the passengers have a measure of control over the spinning and aren’t just passive riders.

  3. The Tilt-A-Whirl was always my favorite, except possibly for the Mad Mouse.

    I have a friend who was memorably thrown up all over on by his little brother on a Tilt-A-Whirl ride. Then the guy who’d driven them there refused to let them in his car, and they had to walk home, trailing the smell all the way.

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