Thursday, March 29, 2007

What about the Zipper?

This one comes from the homestate. We try not to focus too much on Minnesota, because, well, there is a bunch of land (and people) across this country that don't have any connection. And yet, there are times where our local stories just beg for the type of posting that we can put together. Today, we have found just such a story.

While states focus on big issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and smoking bans, there are times when a legislator just needs to cut loose. When they need to assemble a bill to honor something, if for no reason other than the sheer joy of claiming it as their own. When these times come, you can easily hear elected officials rejoicing over the complexities of the polka, or expounding on the subtle flavors found in a good blueberry muffin, all in the attempt to make said item an "official state" item. And here in Minnesota, amidst potential tax increases and transportation bills, we hear that State Rep. Patti Fritz (DFL-Faribault) is attempting to get the venerable Tilt-a-Whirl declared the "official state amusement park ride".

At first, we think of this concept, and we wonder on the need for such a thing. And then we remember that, while some of us bask in our moments of glory anonymously behind our keyboards, and others live out their dreams by appearing on reality television, there are simpler folks, who simply want their town to receive credit for the creation of a nauseau-inducing amusement park ride. And while Fritz has attached her name to plenty of other pieces of legislature, we're willing to bet that none give her quite the butterflies (or sommersaults) in her stomach that making the Tilt-a-Whirl official will provide.

With that being said, we heartily embrace other states to join in, and declare their own amusement park rides. Just think, the Gravitron for Wisconsin, the American Eagle for Illinois, the subway for New York, and Paris Hilton for California. Why, even Washington, D.C. can get into the fun, with the Electoral College.

Now, if you don't mind us, we're going to go eat some blueberry muffins, have some milk, look at a few Norway Pine trees, contemplate a Honeycrisp apple, and go for a ride on a Tilt-a-Whirl.

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