Old School / New School... It's all good.
After a pleasant walk around Wildwood Lake yeserday, MBS had the great idea of going to Hershey Park. I wasn't expecting it to be all that much fun, because the last time I was there (in the late 1980's) it seemed a bit... tacky and cheap. But I have to admit: The park was a blast! The "old school" rides like the SooperDooperLooper and the Comet were even more fun than they were 20 years ago. And the "new school" rides like the Great Bear and Storm Runner? Oh my god! They were AMAZING. I think the Storm Runner is the best roller coaster I've ever been on. It starts by blasting you from 0 to 70mph in two seconds, then sends you straight up 180 feet... and straight back down. You can get a taste of it in this video, but a video can't do justice to the real thing.
It was nice to see that some of the old standards have held up over time. Even though we spent six hours at the park, there were two new coasters we didn't get to ride. I'll have to head back there in the spring to finish the other rides.
In other news: I bought a house. Closing is planned for this Wednesday. Check back for updates. The house is on 0.6 acres, a large part of which are in the fully-fenced back yard. It's the perfect house for, say, a dog :-).