Meet someone new. Meet them because they are interesting. Meet them because they have an enticing smile, an interesting tattoo, or stomped in a puddle with more vigor than you've ever seen. Meet them because you wouldn’t normally talk to them.
Simply have a conversation with someone you’ve not met before.


This is as much for the people you're meeting as it is for you. We're starting The Brave New with a simple challenge that may be the most important of the entire project, as it involves breaking down social walls for you and, to some extent, the people around you. Why, as a society, haven't we made a habit out of knowing the people around us? Nothing bad will happen, to put it simplistically.

Bonus points!

Make a friend. Make three friends! Make five friends! Don't make four friends. Four's a terrible number. In China, they don't have a fourth floor on most elevators, because the word for "four" sounds a lot like the word for "die". True story.

How many people that you meet can extend into actual relationships? Exchange phone numbers, email addresses, Facebook adds, and home address if you're so inclined, and don't if you're not. Remember, the world's not always a safe place, so use your discretion here.

Please play the above file before continuing.  Playing?  Good.  Good.  Now you’re ready.  (Found on Grooveshark.  Not hosted here, not uploaded by me)
RosemaryMeet Rosemary.  Rosemary has something that no one I’ve ever met before owns.  She owns a vintage carousel.  I had no idea this was possible.  Located in the heart of Griffith Park, the Griffith Park Merry Go Round is hers.  She rents the gazebo in which it sits, but in the event of, I dunno, Griffith Park becoming even more haunted, she can pack up her organ and her carousel and move it to greener pastures.
Rosemary is a self-declared preservationist.  She delights in the history of antiques, and wishes only to bring them to the public.  She explained the carousel was built in 1926, and still uses parts of the same design, right down to the 22′ drive belt that spins the ride at a whopping 14 mph.  The real horse-hair tails may have to be replaced regularly, but the mix of children who delight in riding it and the film crews who revel in filming it supply the funds to keep the amusement alive.
Interesting fact:  Rosemary explained that carousels were developed as a training tool for warriors, taking their name from the ancient Spanish word “carosella”, which translates into “little war”.  Similar devices to modern day carousels would be mounted by warriors in training, who would toss delicate grenades of cologne back and forth.  Should the warrior prove clumsy, the grenade would rupture, dousing the warrior in the sweet sweet melange of failure.  This means that technically, if a merry go round contains animals other than horses, it is not a carousel.  It is a menagerie.

What did I learn?

I learned I do not own enough carousels.  I learned that a unique interest can manifest into a magical experience bestowed upon an entire populous.  I learned that ignoring the rules of the carousel can lead to groin damage…  please don’t ignore the rules.
Mostly I was awestruck that Rosemary’s preservationist bent could offer something so fantastic.  I hope some Brave Newbies one day can offer so much delight to the world.

2 Comments to “Ride a Vintage Carousel with Rosemary”

  • such a great story, and some interesting facts.Also I feel inspiried, I think the next open weekend I have I will go to Griffith Park

  • awesome!.

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Phil WarrenPhil Warren (81)
Founder and editor of The Brave New, Phil Warren is now an accordion player, a minister, a sonic weapons expert, a director, a photographer, a public speaker, and a bunch of other things. Mostly he's an adventurer though. An adventurer who smells nice. Except when he doesn't.
NickNick (6)
One part Burner and one part Engineer; I’ve lived through twenty-five-and-a-half winters, and aim to keep it that way. My world is a strange one, and it’s my goal to make it stranger.

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