From laughing at me.
Fyedaddy, me, and our ladies went to Six Flags in Illinois on Saturday. During the course of that fateful day, I ended up riding two roller coasters. And you know what? Those were two of the most terrifying events in my life. I'm never getting on another one of those things again. Keep in mind that I have full-blown acrophobia. However, I love going fast, flying in planes doesn't really bother me much (surprisingly), and I love games like F-Zero (the crazier the track, the better), so I figured I ought to try a roller coaster at least once in my life.
We started me off on the big wooden coaster (the Eagle), figuring that with the lack of loops, rolls, and other crazy contortions, it wouldn't be so bad. Just go up, roll over a few hills, maybe have one big turn, probably about the best first coaster at the park for me. My first warning sign should've been Fye chuckling as we went in line for the red train and I commented "Hey, uh, guys, that sign says this one's the 'high thrill' train.. shouldn't we take the blue one?"
Waiting in line, I started getting a little nervous, but not too bad. Where you line up for the coaster, you can't see the initial hill. The boarding is in a covered "station" and the coasters pull out and curve around towards the big initial hill. As I got onto the coaster, the nerves started really kicking in. When we were locked in and it started moving, I already was getting terrified, because I was stuck until it was done now (I'm honestly getting a little tweaked just reliving through the whole memory to write this recount for you guys). Fye and Katie were in the seat behind me and Debby (That's Alaysha for you fellow Blackhand players ;)), so I got to hear Fye saying "hey, look at that view!" as we're being pulled up this monstrous hill. Two things really hit me then: 1) it was a lot steeper than I anticipated (and I was about to learn that going down was even MORE steep) and 2) it was a lot higher than it looked from the ground...
We near the top, I'm saying "oh god, oh god, oh god" like a mantra, my voice and body completely out of my conscious mind's control at that point. As we crest the hill, I see the track going darn near straight downward (to my perspective; though it is a pretty steep angle after all), and I screw my eyes shut just as the train starts hurtling downward. At that point, a lot of it is a rush of memory, just mainly me screaming (screaming) at the absolute top of my lungs in sheer abject terror, gripping the rail of the car so hard that by the time the ride finished, I had to practically peel my fingers off of it. I actually had my eyes open for a lot of the ride after the first steep drop, so I could at least anticipate what my body was going to endure.
Most of the problem deals with my phobia of heights/falling, and it was honestly unmanageable. Fortunately, it only took me a few minutes after the ride to recover enough to laugh along with the others (hey, since I suffered no actual harm, it was hilarious in retrospect).
I tried another coaster later, the "family" one (the Whizzer), and that was basically almost as bad for me. Fyedaddy is evil; as we're waiting in line I see part of the coaster where as it whips by, it tilts very far to the side. "That's a different coaster" he says, trying to keep me from getting nervous. I'm never forgiving him for that. Didn't get quite as fast as the eagle, but had a lot more harrowing turns and it leaned way too far to the sides for me. We were nearing the top of the initial hill (it corkscrews) and I'm saying "this is a lot higher than it looked!" as Fye's laughing like the Joker, and as we see the rail down apparently (I don't actually remember this) I said "OH sh*t! aaaaAAAAAAUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAGGGHHGHGHGHGH!!!!!!" followed by an entire ride's worth of more terrified screaming at the top of my lungs.
I never got nauseous or dizzy from the coasters, rather they were just too terrifying for me. The whole time we were riding the second one I could hear Fye laughing his &$$ off behind me. I thought it was hilarious too after I recovered again.
That's not "fun" scary for me though, that's just "terror" scary. I won't be riding another one in the future! My throat was hoarse through last night from two or three minutes worth of no-holds-barred screaming on Saturday. I didn't think I could scream that loud...
I'm sticking with the children's caterpillar ride in the future....