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Falling Day Pictures
September 11, 2010

Datan0de and I have several anniversaries. I'm really terrible about remembering dates (actually, I can remember the date, it's that I don't usually know what *today* is so even if I remember that Independence Day is on July 4th, I might not realize when it IS July 4th), so I obsessively chronicle my events in pictures and on my Google calendar. September 12, 2009 is the day that Datan0de first told me he was falling in love with me, and I replied the same. It has come to be referred to as Falling Day, and for our first Falling Day anniversary, we decided to commemorate the event by doing something related to falling. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition. We had another obligation on the 12th, so we celebrated on Saturday, the 11th.

So for this year, we chose to ride the giant Slingshot on I-Drive. It's pretty much what it sounds like. We sit in a pair of roller coaster seats attached to, basically, steel "rubber bands" that are stretched between two long poles. Then the catch holding us down is released and we're thrown into the air until the tension in the steel "rubber bands" reaches its peak and we plummet back to the earth until, again, we reach the end of the tension, slingshotting us back into the sky repeatedly until we're all out of kinetic energy. We actually bought the video of our ride, to which I added music and some pictures and a video I took from the ground of the Slingshot in action.

The Slingshot is one of the attractions at The Magical Midway, a small carnival-like attraction in the heart of Tourist Town, Orlando. We spent the rest of the day playing in the arcade and riding the go-karts, before having dinner at The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant - one of our favorite restaurants, which was conveniently located across the street. Ethiopian is one of the few styles of food where a strong carnivore and a strong vegetarian can both have a fulfilling and apetizing meal. Fortunately, Datan0de and I are neither, but a vegetarian/omnivore couple can often have to make compromises when it comes to meal choices and we don't have to at an Ethiopian place. I have video of the go-karts too, plus a couple of pictures from the arcade.

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Datan0de & I strapped into the Slingshot

Waiting to launch


The video of our Slingshot ride

The slingshot in the air

The giant springs...

used in the Slingshot

A closeup

The empty Slingshot, waiting to launch

Datan0de found a Terminator arcade game

Datan0de playing the game

Datan0de comitting fratricide


A screenshot of the game

Video of driving the go-karts on the multi-story track

After dinner, we strolled down I-Drive...

and saw this curious "shadowbeam"...

It was a patch of darkness...

like a negative of a sunbeam

The cloud from which it appeared to come
It was a strange and beautiful sight

My camera didn't have a wide enough lens to properly show the scope of the shadowbeam, so I took video in order to move the camera around to show its magnitude. Even still, it's not as amazing as it was to see in person.

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