I'm not big on roller coasters. Neither are my kids, actually. Nothing personal, I just really dislike that uncomfortable feeling of tipping over the edge, coupled with the yeah-you're-going-to-be-dizzy-for-the-rest-of-the-day effect they seem to have on me and my equilibrium. Plus, there's all that vomiting.
But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate roller coasters and marvel at how other folks and their kids can get such pleasure out of shooting through corkscrews at 100 mph with nothing but inertia and a seat belt keeping them in place.
I can't even imagine the amount of time and research put into designing a roller coaster to ensure the safety of everyone involved. That's why it blows my mind when I see average parents create a backyard roller coaster out of PVC tubing and concrete for their 3-year-old son.
I'm not talking about a simple little circle track you'd see at a local Chuck E. Cheese's or something for toddlers. Uh uh. This sucker has a 12-foot drop at the start.
I'm crazy nervous just putting my kids on a school bus, let alone a homemade roller coaster that features a basic seat belt and needs a long wooden pole to push you up to the starting ramp. Take a look at the video below and tell me your heart doesn't stop every single time that kid starts rolling! I mean, he's not even wearing a helmet!!!
These parents are professional architects, though, so it's all okay, right? Right? Wait, they're not? They own a local car dealership? Hoo boy. Thankfully they only allow their own son to ride the rails, no one else.
But can you imagine being neighbors with these guys? That can't be good for property values. And your own kids would be screaming at you to build something similar or to go over and play. I'd be worried sick that my kids would run next door when no one's home and try playing on that thing themselves.
I'm all for playing with your kids and creating crazy cool activities for them, but how about something a little bit safer, like say a miniature golf course?
Would you let your kids ride on a backyard roller coaster?