When I was growing up, carnivals would magically appear in parking lots or vacant parcels of land from time to time. There were games to play, foods to eat, and whirling rides to enjoy. There was invariably a Ferris Wheel, made more exciting by the knowledge that it had just been erected hours before (safely, one would hope), spinning rides that left riders stumblingly dizzy, and roller-coasters of a sort.
From the house I’m in now, I used to be able to look across my backyard and see the illuminated midway lights of the local carnival in past years where a Home Depot sits today. Over time, the carnivals have come to town less and less often and it’s been years since I remember seeing one. In their place, a sea of inflatable castles and slides and bouncy-houses has appeared.
Down the road, where there used to be a weekly farmer’s market, the “inflatable carnival” came to town a few weeks ago. One day the lot was empty and the next day there were dozens of brightly colored inflatable structures, filled with happy shrieking little jumpers. There are no carnival games or foods to eat, but there are bales of hay with pumpkins to purchase which, several weeks from now will give way to Christmas trees to buy. Late at night the lot is a little creepy, with everything deflated, looking much like a multi-colored sea of popped balloons.
It’s progress, I suppose. Those bouncy-houses are undoubtedly safer than old carnival rides were, though hardly as thrilling. I can’t help wondering what happened to the rides and the folks who used to manage and run them.
Since rain started falling a few hours ago, there won’t be any carnivals, traditional or inflatable in my immediate future, so I’ll have to find something else to do. I’m thinking a few minutes of Random Word Improv will be an excellent way to spend at least a bit of a rainy day.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re reminiscing about the past, making plans for the future, or just living every moment of the present, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.
Today’s words are pretty random, so the theme is up to you. There will be bonus points for actually including a giant stuffed bear though.
surprise spin win sweet
track shout excitement flashing
colorful mystery illusion cake
treat balloon tent strength
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
Okay. Are you ready? Let’s sprint!
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Ah, you’re back. Kind of fun, right? Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.