Photo Credit: The Ejection Seat
Want to hear a grown man scream like a woman in labor? Welcome to the Ejection Seat! This is an adrenaline-junky, thrill ride that is not for the faint hearted. I repeat - this is not for the faint hearted.
When I arrived at the Ejection Seat in Branson, Missouri, my fiance's sister and brother-in-law were already high in the sky and screaming for dear life (at least she was). I immediately started having serious second thoughts. I was thinking, what if that rope pops? What if I fall out? Is that thing sturdy? I mean I need some statistics here! With the help of my fiance's "encouragement" I inched closer and closer to the seat, and just when I thought I had enough courage to go through with it, I see laid out before my feet an outline of a body right at the base of the ride! It's fake but still, I don't need another reason to run away from this seat, like a chicken with it's head popped off!
I remove my shoes and anything else that could fall during the ride (can I remove myself?), I get in and the ride attendants strap me in from head to toe. Okay...I'm really gonna do this. (Mom I love you, you can have all my shoes.) I'm gonna hold on with all my might and I dare not open my eyes. This is the only way I'm gonna get through this. We begin to ascend, and every tug I feel sends me into hyperventilation. No, Desiree the ride has not officially begun. Keep it together, keep it together. I have no idea what to expect. All I pray is that I don't soil my pants. I don't know which is worst having calm in anticipation of pure hell or pure hell!
Then without warning, we are catapulted into the air, like a rag doll shot from a cannon. And you know the saying, what goes up must come down. And down we came! If it was possible for my organs to leave my body via my mouth, it would've happened. Mercy! Mercy! Somebody help me! I'm not ashamed to admit that I screamed non-stop for the entire ride. When it was over, I yelled some more, "Is it over, please tell me it's over!". Whoa mama! That was a ride! I get chills every time I remember the experience, and I still can't believe I survived the Ejection Seat. Will you?
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