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by Phil Warren
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Meet 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.
Brave Newbie Writers
- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”