April 14th, 2005

Cyclone

Mappo!

The one crucial thing missing from Google Maps is SCALE. Hello, I'd like a little scale key on my map when I zoom in and out. I'm a terrible guestimator.

But dragging the map is beautiful. And the satellite integration is even more beautifuller. Here are some sights.

Canobie Lake Park in winter (you can see the Yankee Cannonball and Corkscrew and Boston Tea Party)
Whalom Park in ruins
Mountain Park in ruins (you can see the L-shaped outline where the Mountain Flyer used to be, on the left side of the ruins)
Six Flags Over New England (the north side, from the Cyclone down to Superman: Ride of Steel)
Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure. Explore around there -- the picture was taken before Superman: Ultimate Flight. Here's also Rolling Thunder, Viper and Medusa with a bit of the Mine Ride thrown in too.
Knott's Berry Farm with GhostRider on the lower right. You can also see Perilous Plunge near the top left.
It be Disneyland! The Hub is, appropriately, in the center of the shot. Clockwise from 12:00 you've got Cinderella's Castle (can barely see it) with the carousel building and Dumbo at 12, the Matterhorn at 1, the former Carousel of Progress at 3, Space Mountain at 5, Main Street USA at 6, the Jungle Cruise at 7, New Orleans Square and the Pirates of the Caribbean show buildings at 8, Tom Sawyer Island at 9, and Big Thunder around 10 or 11. Funky.

Some satellite images Google couldn't give me -- Coney Island was nothing but a big blur (funny, it's been like that for me on certain trips too) and there wasn't a big enough zoom for Knoebels. I know GlobeXplorer has high-def pics of the site, though.

What a nice way to waste part of an afternoon!
Toonces the Driving Cat

THIS IS A WELLINGTON BUS

I know it's an unwritten rule that the MBTA hire surly Travis Bickle types to drive the buses, but I really gotta say at times I can't blame the drivers for eventually snapping.

See, I ride the 90 from Davis Square to Wellington almost every weekday. On the way we stop at Sullivan Square. The 90 hits Sullivan twice -- once on the Davis-Wellington run, and once on the Wellington-Davis run. It stops at the same bus berth no matter which direction it runs. Being only one of two buses whose routes pass through Sullivan rather than terminate there, it can cause a bit of confusion. Too much confusion, really. Even when the lighted display sign is working and the driver is speaking clearly and loudly, nobody ever bothers to listen. This means that every day, without fail, a variation on the following scene happens. The variation I'm writing actually happened today.

DRIVER: Wellington! Wellington Station!
PASSENGER 1: Is this going to Davis?
DRIVER: No, Wellington! (hollering out the open door at the crowd of people waiting to board) WELLINGTON STATION, THIS IS A WELLINGTON BUS.
PASSENGER 2 (putting his money in the fare box): You mean we're not going to Davis?
DRIVER: No, we're going to Wellington! WELLINGTON.
PASSENGER 2: Oh. Can I get my money back?
(DRIVER gives PASSENGER 2 a transfer. Meanwhile PASSENGER 3 pays her fare, nods at the driver, and boards the bus.)
PASSENGER 4: But isn't this bus the one that goes to Davis?
DRIVER: The Davis bus will be along shortly! I'm going to WELLINGTON! THIS BUS IS GOING TO WELLINGTON, THIS IS A WELLINGTON BUS.
PASSENGER 5 (running into the bus all frantic): IS THIS MY BUS?!
DRIVER: I don't know! Where are you going?
PASSENGER 5: DAVIS!
DRIVER (finally losing it): GET OFF THE BUS! THE DAVIS BUS WILL BE HERE SOON. ANYBODY ELSE GOING TO WELLINGTON? WELLINGTON?
(The rest of the crowd outside shakes their head. So the DRIVER closes the bus door and takes off.)

Then, as we make the right-hand turn to go to Assembly Square instead of going left to Broadway...

PASSENGER 3: Wait, I thought we were going to Davis! Stop the bus, STOP THE BUS!!

Every.
Single.
Day.

I'd turn surly too.