The Misers decided to enjoy the day by taking a trip to the Merry-Go-Round at Griffith Park. It's a beautiful old thing built in 1926, and it's currently being refurbished. Because of that, the prices have gone up from $1.50 per person to $2. Still, it's a bargain to a Miser. We had to go on it twice because Bee loved it so much. Ditto for Sparky and Peanut! Bee was mesmerised by the whole experience of it: the up and down movement of the horses, the crazy carnival lights, the music, the spinning of the merry-go-round - it may have overwhelmed her a bit, but she absolutely loved it nonetheless, and would have ridden on it all day long if we had let her. Sparky wishes we had one of our very own in our backyard. He claims that he would ride on it for an hour at a time while wearing one of those beer helmets so that he could remain hydrated.
My favorite part is when the merry-go-round picks up speed and starts really whizzing around and around. I always sit on an outside horse because it makes it seem like you're going faster. And I think of Hitchcock's "Stranger On A Train", one of Sleeford's favorite movies. I love that manical gun fight scene on the merry-go-round where the two main characters Bruno and Guy are battling it out, and then the ride operator accidentally gets shot and and collapses on the controls which in turn causes it to pick up speed and careen out of control! It picks up so much speed that it breaks off its axle! Chaos ensues! That's got to be the most exciting merry-go-round scene of all time.
Sparky says we are very fortunate to live in an area where we are so close to so much inexpensive entertainment, and I wholeheartedly concur. Here's our new slogan: Welcome to Beautiful Echo Park, California: A Miser's Paradise!