Thursday, December 21, 2006

The ARN&R Curse Strikes Again

Okay, we don't actually remember it striking before. But mere days after our noting the amusement park in honor of Saparmurat Niyazov, the President for Life of Turkmenistan, he died.

We can only hope that they rename the park in honor of acting head of state Deputy Prime Minister Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.

And no, we did not make up that name or add any random consonants. Or vowels.

Incidentally, IAAPA reportedly declared Niyazov's death to be caused by rider error.

--GP

Monday, December 18, 2006

ARN&R's Work Done By Others, Part 3,142

Hooray for Saphyria Park, where, as they say, "you can play all day and still wan-a stay!"

Just a couple of highlights. First, check out the About Us page, which is delightful, but not just for what you see in the text. Also check out the URL:

http://www.saphyriapark.com/park%20web%20site%20(dad%20update%20this%20one)_files/page0001.htm

Yes, that does say -- in the URL -- "Dad update this one."

And, while we'd love to order a shirt, the link is to something on someone's (we're guessing Dad's) C: drive, in particular in the "kids" file:

file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/kids/My%20Documents/Order%20Form.doc

Enjoy. And, once the park opens (in 2026), enjoy your visit there too. Hey, it's at least as realistic as some proposed parks we could name.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Turkmen Honing In On ARN&R Turf

Why, yes, we have been sort of quiet. Can you blame us when stories like this one exist? Why do we need to exist (don't answer that) when an actual news story includes this?

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: Authoritarian leader Saparmurat Niyazov on Friday formally opened an amusement park named after him.

We bow down to you, Saparmurat Nyazov.