One "Fast Lane" I wouldn't complain about

Sunday, June 27, 2010 1:19 AM
CoasterDemon's avatar

How cool is this!?

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/cta-tattler/2010/06/take-the-slide-...tform.html

I've thought about something like this since I was a kid. All our Chicago subways have great built in slides, but they have huge stainless steel 'buttons' to stop you every 4 or so feet :(


Billy
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Sunday, June 27, 2010 10:19 AM

How cool, looks like a continuous slide top to bottom, I wonder how fast people are still going at the bottom of that slide? The girl in the picture appears to be launching herself down it!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 11:44 AM

CoasterDemon said:
I've thought about something like this since I was a kid. All our Chicago subways have great built in slides, but they have huge stainless steel 'buttons' to stop you every 4 or so feet :(

Don't forget the scene in Dawn of the Dead!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-emmrmUksE

J.C. Penny in the Monroeville Mall where it was filmed still has a buttonless run on the escilator! There's videos of people recreating the Dawn scene, but apparently they tend to call the cops if you get caught.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 12:36 PM

You know what is really interesting about the video? I wonder how many other people watched that and figured out less than ten seconds in, "This is a Volkswagen promotion."

I haven't figured out WHY, but it just seemed obvious. Whoever VW is using for their creative...even without putting a giant slide in a subway station...is doing a remarkable job.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010 1:10 PM
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would have preferred a "racing" potato-sack slide, but I suppose that's better than nothing!


I call Cedar Point my home park even though I live in the Chicago Suburbs.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 3:16 PM
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Cropsey said:


Don't forget the scene in Dawn of the Dead!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-emmrmUksE

J.C. Penny in the Monroeville Mall where it was filmed still has a buttonless run on the escilator! There's videos of people recreating the Dawn scene, but apparently they tend to call the cops if you get caught.

Dang Cropsey Killer! Can't get to far without finding a horror flick comparison, I'm impressed!

Calling cops for people being goofy sliding down an escalator? Only in America...


Billy
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Sunday, June 27, 2010 6:40 PM

Hallstadt, Austria: how you descend into the salt mine.


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Monday, June 28, 2010 8:59 AM
Vater's avatar

Of course, this would never fly in our litigious society.

Truest statement in the article. Unfortunately.

RideMan said:
You know what is really interesting about the video? I wonder how many other people watched that and figured out less than ten seconds in, "This is a Volkswagen promotion."

I haven't figured out WHY, but it just seemed obvious. Whoever VW is using for their creative...even without putting a giant slide in a subway station...is doing a remarkable job.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

I had zero clue it was a VW promotion until the end. Maybe I'm just slow.

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Monday, June 28, 2010 7:36 PM
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I didn't know it was a VW ad either, all the way up until it said that it was at the very end.

If I ever get to build my dream house, it will have slides!


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 7:45 PM

I love a good slide, especially when it's unexpected. We went to a BBQ restaurant (I forget the name) in Arlington, Tx near Six Flags that had a slide from the 2nd floor down into the bar area. The quirky City Museum in St Louis (a must for enthusiasts of the oddball, especially amusement fans) has a slide or two - one travels down through three floors of the old building and is a blast.

The old Y Park in Groveport OH south of Columbus had an outdoor steel slide, similar to what you find at playgrounds, but it went down the side of a big hill, allowing for a surprisingly long bumpy ride. And with a piece of waxed paper under your butt? Watch out! I searched YouTube thinking surely someone had posted a video of it, but can't find one. Couples who had their outdoor weddings at the park would often slide the entire wedding party down it for fun, and video opportunity. It's gone now - new YMCA management decided it was a ... well, you know...

Finally, I recall from a movie I saw on tv when I was younger, (I believe set in nazi Germany), there was a scene that showed people arriving at a huge formal event, and they all had to take a ride down a wide wooden slide to get to the ballroom in the lower level of the building. It was so fun to see the men in tuxedos and the ladies in their gowns make their grand entrance that way.

More fun slides around here and there would sure make the world a better place.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:55 AM

The one that kind of scares me is the long concrete slide in Zanesville. I mean it looks like fun...but concrete? No thanks, I'll stick with the stainless, thank you!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:39 AM

I once interviewed at a company that had not one, but two slides going from the second floor to the first. :)


And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:43 AM
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^ Was one of them a red curly-Q slide going down toward the cafeteria? :)

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:46 AM

Haha, yes it was.


And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:47 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

That's awesome!

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:52 AM
Raven-Phile's avatar

I don't complain about fast lane. I quite enjoy it.

Then again, we like to shop and eat at nice sit down type places, so I guess we utilize them exactly how they want us to, by spending more money while we wait. :)


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 1:43 PM
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When my mother went to school, the school had a silo beside it that they built a slide in and used for the fire escape, so any time there was a fire drill, they slid down that slide at the elementary school.

That same silo slide has been in the town's park (a very nice town park) for years, so I was able to experience it as a kid too. Still, if the building was on fire, not sure I'd want to wait in line to slide down to safety.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 2:08 PM

RCMAC said:
We went to a BBQ restaurant (I forget the name) in Arlington, Tx near Six Flags that had a slide from the 2nd floor down into the bar area.

Trail Dust Steakhouse

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:34 PM

Tekwardo, that would have made fire drills eminently more interesting. :)


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 6:42 PM

Thanks, bigboy, ...I don't remember that was it, it's been a while, but I'm trusting you! We ate outside that evening, had a view of the park, and I didn't realize there was even a slide there 'til we were leaving.

Those spiral fire escapes were common outside of schools and factories back in the day. The movie about the Little Rock Nine starring Joanne Woodward, set in the 50's, had a scene where students slid down one of those when the school was evacuated.

For those who have ever wondered what the spiral slide exit from Cedar Point's Upside Down Funhouse was like, that was exactly it. They were to look like the columns on the front porch of the house, I suppose, but upside down and with a slide twisting inside of each one! I'm pretty sure their's mighta been homemade, that attraction seemed so in-house to me.

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