“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.”
– Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
I don’t know how your family spends their vacation, but more than likely it’s not dangling on a line 220 feet above the ground.
That being said, there’s no reason you can’t make that a reality. Zip lines have been around forever, but until recently have been more prolific in other tourist-destination countries.
In recent years, zip-lining has become far more popular in America, popping up in places like Las Vegas and the Smoky Mountains. And now, you can harness yourself to a zip line and FLY ACROSS NIAGRA FALLS!!! (which admittedly sounds equally awesome and terrifying).
$50 bucks will buy you a ride and a lifetime of bragging rights to all your friends that you got to glide over one of America’s most sought-after destination places.
Intrigued? Here are the details.
Going to the movies used to be a big deal back when I was a kid.
Whether you were 7 or 17, seeing a movie trailer on tv and knowing it was going to be shown in a theatre near you solicited the level of excitement usually reserved for bored housewives when they hear “bottomless-mimosa brunch.”
News of a new blockbuster hit being shown in your town initiated tons of speculation and discussion among your friends, followed by at least a few weeks of planning the logistics of going to said movie. Would we spend our money on Sno-Caps or popcorn? Would Billy’s mom drop us off? Should we maybe get there at least 20 minutes early to scope out the scene?
Yes, in retrospect, that sounds like overkill, but when you’re a teen and have nothing better to do in a rinky-dink small town, going to the cinema wasn’t just something to kill time – it was an event that demanded equal amounts of planning and enthusiasm.
To be honest, I’m not really sure how movie theaters stay in business these days. Aside from the obvious fact that you can watch just about everything and anything on your smart TV or phone, going to the movies is REALLY EXPENSIVE. Plus, there’s always that one guy that ruins the experience by talking too loud or being on his phone.
It’s not just that fewer people are attending the cinema these days – these numbers are also contingent on what KIND of movies that theatre happens to be screening. While comic-book movies are still relatively popular, basic genres like comedy and drama are on a steady decline.
Don’t Try This at Home
Remember when you used to play with LEGO when you were a child? Well, these adults got a bit carried away.
Watch as these dare-devils take a car made out of LEGO out for a little highway driving.