Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What Happened to Mohenjo-Daro

This is a theoretic fiction I wrote. (I don't even know if such a genre exists, but if it doesn't, yay for me: I created a new genre). My theory on how Mohenjo-Daro and the rest of the Citadel cities (historical note at the bottom of the story; courtesy of Cicada) were ended. I already found out, after I wrote this story three or two years ago, that the archeologists found no signs of sickness on the skeletons of the cities, so scratch out my theory. Even so, this is my story…
Oh, and Cicada published my story on their site. Go ahead and read it there if you want; I would appreciate it if you could critique it…

The sun is hot, the elephants lazy, and a ship is sailing, slowly, towards the city. It is a normal day in Mohenjo-daro, and a trading ship is coming with new goods.
A lad brings grain to his mother. But the next day, most of the grain is gone, with small, black, worm-tailed creatures resting in the grain. "Demons!" yell the mother. "Demons have eaten my grain!" She drives the creatures right out the door. Later, lots of people report that they themselves have found the worm-tailed demons in their grain.
"The gods must have sent them to punish us!" is the outcry. But for what?
A woman is grinding the grain into flour, mixing it with water, and baking it. She serves the bread to her guests to eat. But the next day, they report that they are very, very sick. But why? Because of the bread?
A man throws a whole sack of grain away. Other men of the city follow, in a desperate attempt to get rid of the demon sickness. But even after that, people are reporting sick! Some people just drop down dead on the street. Everyone is too afraid to touch them, for fear of getting the strange sickness.

A woman is offering a sacrifice to the gods and begs them to take the sickness away from their city. But even then, the sickness continues.
A man is holding a large weapon in his hands, his knuckles whitening as he grips it in anger. He starts beating at the statues of the gods. He is not the only one. Lots of people are angrily beating and breaking the statues. But even then, the sickness keeps going on and on.
"The gods must be very angry at this city!" declares a woman. "The last resort is to run!"
A mother is packing her jewelry in a sack, and food into another. She then grabs her son and runs out of the city. But she is not the only one. Other families are running.
Past the dead animals and people.
Out of the gates and to some other place.
Anywhere but here.
A young man is carving some letters on a stone. A whole, long story… of a place that used to be his home. And after the last letters, he throws down his tools, grabs his valuables, and runs.
Out of the city.
Away from the great roads and granaries and buildings.
Away from death.
Away from the great city of Mohenjo-daro.

NOTE: Mohenjo-daro was a settlement of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization (located in what is now the Sindh province of Pakistan). The city was built around 2600 BCE, but was abandoned around 1900 BCE for unknown reasons. Archaeologists are working to discover more about this site.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Princess Bride

It's weird that one of the big things of my childhood had no name. Actually, it did, but I didn't find out the name until around April this year.
There were a few very vague memories in my mind: me and my younger sister, me about five or so, her about three or four, watching a movie; me freaking out when a guy dressed in black is attacked by something that looks like a wolverine; one very pale guy wiping the blood of the guy-in-black's shoulder; a sword fight; three guys getting into a castle, two of them supporting the other.
At thirteen, I tried to join together these memories into one ultimate movie, but I couldn't mark anything down. It wasn't until my dad told me to watch The Princess Bride with him on FOX Movies Premium when the memories started flooding in.
I had my doubts as it started (actually, we got on a little late, so we started watching just after that one guy was poisoned by the wine), but I knew I recognized the movie from somewhere. Ultimate confirmation came when Westley was attacked by the Rodent of Unusual Size; that was the most distinct memory of my childhood.
You know, it's actually really awesome to watch an old movie from your childhood. You understand it more for one thing…
Oh, here's a Stix Animals comic I made; based off the Princess Bride, in case you don't guess yourself…

Monday, July 29, 2013

101 things I learned from the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

I think my ribs broke with all the laughing I've done while reading this thing. It even made my sister laugh, and we have different opinions on everything (meaning she isn't that interested in the Hardy boys, unlike me)! No telling me that there are only one hundred points on here; I didn't write this (credits at the bottom of the post).
Be forewarned; I don't know how much of a sense of humor you guys have compared to me, but if you're more affected by humor than I am, I would advise that you have an ambulance stand by…

1. If you’re riding your motorcycles on a road that’s never used, with a cliff on one side and a sheer drop on the other hand, just as you come to a sharp turn in the road, a car will come barreling around on your side of the road.

2. If it’s midnight and it’s storming and your detective father isn’t home, don’t open the door!

3. Caves that have been known to have people walk in them for hundreds of years are not always as sturdy as they seem.

4. No matter how dangerous or how easy the camping trip is, your mother will always say ‘Be safe, dears!’

5. The person who gets scratched of the suspect list is always the one who did it!

6. When you’re caught, just ask the villain how he did it. He won’t be able to resist telling everything.

7. The person with the shifty eyes... he did it. Even if he has an alibi by three hundred people, somehow he did it.

8. If the room looks like it doesn’t have a floor... believe me, it doesn’t.

9. There’s always a way out of a bad situation, even if it involves cutting through your bonds with a key

10. Your boat will always run out of gas, by fair means or foul, just at the crucial part of the chase.

11. If a guy comes up to you, slapping a wrench, and says, "You should get out of here if you know what’s good for you." It’s a threat. I know it doesn’t look like it, but it is.

12. You are invincible. You will never be more than bruised or scraped.

13. Don’t worry, the big guys who look like they can crush you, they can’t. (Refer to #12)

14. Riding a horse and throwing a lasso to catch the bad guy is WAY easier than it seems.

15. The villains are stupid. Always. Their most brilliant plan involves capturing you, locking you up somewhere, and then letting you escape by throwing pea pods out a window.

16. The bad guys will never kill you right away, they always leave you to die.

17. Even if there is no possible motive for anything that’s happening, if it’s unusual, it’s a sinister plot.

18. If a native points to some figs and says ‘Poison’ then they’re probably poisonous.

19. The innocent little girl is always tougher than she looks.

20. If you’re in the desert in a race to find some gold, and you see a mirage that looks like a camel train... it really is a camel train. And it’s the bad guys.

21. Look for a trap in everything, but don’t expect to find it until you’ve been caught.

22. The seriously skinny acrobats can do a double flip and hit with their really bony feet. And it HURTS.

23. If a big object that should be inanimate moves whenever you do... then it’s being triggered by your motion and the bad guys already know you’re there.

24. If someone shows up more than three times in funny circumstances, then they’re really important. If they’re shifty-eyed, they’re the villain. If they’re a nice kid, then they’re an innocent accomplice to crime.

25. There is no gray. Only black and white. Let this be your mantra.

26. You shouldn’t hurt the bad guy, even if he was about to shoot you in the head. Justice must prevail!

27. If a salesman shows up at your best friend’s door and stays more than five minutes, they’re pumping him/her for information, and you shouldn’t do whatever he/she talked about with him.

28. If you’re very careful about walking into traps, nothing bad will happen...

29. You will find clues that are completely contradictory. Simply follow the one that seems most ridiculous, and you will solve the mystery.

30. Villains will come up and push you into the water while there are plenty of people around you to save you... and then do nothing when you’re all alone on a deserted night.

31. When you get hurt, there’s usually a haystack or an abandoned cabin nearby to recuperate in… Complete with firewood

32. When the bad guy comes up with a gun, and your first instinct is to tackle him, go ahead. The element of surprise in on your side.

33. The bad guy’s shots will always miss, because (refer to #12) you are invincible.

34. The bad guys are usually slower than you are, and if they’re not, then you are more agile.

35. Fifty henchmen cannot take you down.

36. Jumping off a train to rescue your friend won’t hurt you, because (refer to #12) you are invincible.

37. Yes, it is possible to find the villain in a place that he knows by heart, and you have never been before.

38. The person that you are sure did it is never the bad guy.

39. You always have a flashlight when you need it.

40. Conversely to #39, whenever you really, really need a flashlight, it will go out... be thou assured of that.

41. When your flashlight goes out, there are plenty of materials around to make a torch.

42. However, it is usually very windy, making it impossible to light the torch in #41. But you don’t need to see, what are bare feet for?

43. The bad guy knows who you are, and has already planned ahead for your demise.

44. However, he won’t be able to carry his plan out, since he’s really stupid (see #15) and you are invincible (#12).

45. Don’t worry, even if the plans never work, luck will pull you through.

46. Whenever you need to jump out of a plane, there is a parachute at your disposal.

47. Unfortunately, it sometimes doesn’t want to open.

48. Whenever you volunteer to stay behind with someone while your friends go on a roller coaster, someone is standing in the shadows waiting to kidnap you.

49. If someone isn’t planning to capture you, then something is definitely going to happen to you friends on the roller coaster.

50. If it goes shake. And shiver. Then it’s going to fall on your head! So you should probably run.

51. Even when in a life or death situation, you will have to remember your manners. Otherwise you will be scolded at dinner.

52. If you stay in a very old, very large mansion, expect to find a mystery or puzzle that some old guy with too much time on his hands concocted.

53. The person at the top of your suspect list is the person who is the most innocent.

54. When solving a case with a group of friends one or more of you will be kidnapped, being the only amateur detective on the case exempts you from kidnapping. Unless your boyfriend or other amateur detectives are working on the case with you then expect to be one of the kidnapped.

55. Even though you are in a seemingly committed relationship that does not exempt you from experiencing some sort of romance.

56. If you are female always expect a male to save you from a “life or death” situation.

57. Witty comebacks are always welcome distractions while facing off with an enemy.

58. Not only is it ok, but it is also perfectly acceptable for you to break and enter to search for clues.

59. You are always on the best of terms with the local police and are best friends with chief.

60. If you are solving a crime outside your hometown the police hate you, but you will eventually win them over with your awesome detective skills.

61. As an amateur detective you will have friends all over the world, and if they don’t know you personally, they know your father.

62. If you are on a date with your boyfriend/girlfriend, your date will always be interrupted.

63. Every vacation you take you will run into someone that needs your help. If you really wanted a vacation then you will interact with nobody outside your group.

64. While on vacation you or someone in your group will be hit on and that person will get you involved in a case.

65. Despite the many blows to the head you will receive, no need to go to the Dr., remember (refer to #12) you are invincible.

66. If the bad guys always know what you are up to, then your room is bugged.

67. If your room is not bugged then one of your new friends is one of the bad guys.

68. Despite the fact that you are only 18 years of age it is really easy to rent a car and get it in any make you want.

69. Even though you solve hundreds of crimes all over the world you never have to go to a single trial or have to do interviews with the press.

70. Secret passages that have been closed up for years never have to be aired out before traveling down them.

71. If your Aunt buys you belt buckles at a rummage sale, they’re a clue. Especially if they’re big, over-the-top silver ones.

72. It will always be school vacation or summer when there is a mystery to solve.

73. If your father is a private detective, you can get away with never going to school without being suspended or expelled.

74. Listen to your Aunt.

75. If you are traveling and have a mystery to solve somewhere, and meet a girl, it is probably Nancy Drew.

76. It is perfectly reasonable for 17 and 18 year olds to be familiar with all sorts of crime-busting tools and explosives although they never carry guns.

77. If you and your father are working two different cases at the same time, it will end up being the same one.

78. Your friends will always be there when you need them. If you and your siblings stick together, you can do anything.

79. You will always have money even though nobody ever pays you for your detective work.

80. If there’s a hired hand around, she/he did it.

81. Bad guys always miss you (#12), but always seem to hit the tires of your car.

82. Whenever the bad guy and his henchmen are chasing you after you escape, there is always a convertible with its keys in the car.

83. The convertible almost always belongs to one of the henchmen.

84. If the convertible doesn’t belong to one of the henchmen, then it belongs to someone important.

85. Even if you can’t drive go ahead and take it.

86. If you can drive the car will not start.

87. Or, it may not want to stop!

88. You can leap out of the door of a speeding car, roll over and stand up, ready to go into hiding because (see #12) you are invincible, remember?

89. Closets will hide you from police officers that are searching the building.

90. Your brother works out every morning and you stay in shape only by playing the occasional football game? You are so totally more athletic than him!

91. Everything is always locked.

92. Breaking and entering isn’t illegal when you’re an amateur detective.

93. Make it a rule NEVER to go into a mine shaft - even if it’s in good working order it will ALWAYS collapse on your head, trapping you and killing the bad guys. You will not be hurt badly, but it will be a while before you are rescued.

94. However, old, dilapidated mine carts will always be in working condition and will lead you straight out of the mine.

95. If you fall off a cliff, don’t worry - there is always a tiny tree to grab in the rocky slope. But your friends had better hurry to pull you up since it’s giving way inch by inch.

96. If it’s a mysterious package, it’s a bomb.

97. However, you always know how to defuse it. Even the newest models.

98. Every building on the planet has a secret passageway.

99. If you see a cave while picnicking in the woods, it’s probably the bad guy’s hideout. Or it leads to it. Or they’re storing something in it. …. Basically, it’s important!

100. Hold your breath as someone is tying you up and then relax when they are done. All the ropes will fall off.

Credits:

(fanfiction.net usernames unless otherwise specified.)

51. MissMe113

52-70. Jabba1

72-79, also 100. franknjoe

80. Skywalker05

82-87. Paul!

52 and 91. Arglefrumph on youtube. His vids are hilarious; you should check them out!
[Best Nancy Drew walkthroughs EVER! Man, I want some Nancy Drew games… They're cool; there's a slightly bigger story behind this, but that's not exactly relevant to this post].

93 and 95. KCS

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A bit of my writeress cousin

My cousin, the youngest child of my mom's sister, is a writer. A real professional too. She's about a year or so older than me, though there is a moment when we are the same age; she has a lot of names, but I call her Bex.
Around when I was eleven I started writing stories. I wince at them, reading them now, but I was very proud of myself at the time, especially after I completed one. So when I found out that Bex also wrote, we promised each other that we would each send our stories to the other. I could never get around to sending her my story, but I did receive hers.
I loved it. It was of fantasy/adventure genre, and even though she was eleven or twelve, I felt like I was reading a book written by a real professional, even though it wasn't a complete story (she was still writing it).
There was about a two year gap in which we hardly contacted each other. I was thirteen, and I still read her story with excitement. As I was older, I still had criticism about the story; some crucial details were missing completely, a few details about the plot were also missing and everything was a bit rushed. The environment of one scene was also kind of obscure, making me kind of confused. Even so, I knew that with the right amount of editing, it would be made into the awesome story I already saw.
Then, finally, I was able to contact Bex. We were ecstatic (or at least I was; it's hard to tell through e-mail), and we talked mainly of writing. I was writing a lot of stories, one of them being my main focus masterpiece. Again, we exchanged stories, me sending her a few of mine, her sending me a few of hers. And again, she amazed me.
When we contacted each other again, I complimented her; the intense mystery in one story, the clear adventure in another… I loved them. It was then that I remembered the story Bex had sent me two years ago. I reminded her of it.
"Oh, yeah. That was awful!" was her response.
I objected, but we soon were talking about other things (I lost that story, among my precious stories, when our hard drive crashed; fortunately, I was able to get all MY stories back from Bex and her sister, my other awesome cousin, to whom I had sent them).
Anyway, about a week later, I asked her to send me a story which she had apparently been writing for awhile. She was planning to make a trilogy, and had apparently finished the first book, though she was still editing it. I had helped her create the look for the bad guy of the story, and I was intrigued. She sent the first book to me, and when I opened it on Pages, my automatic reaction was to yell, "Holy geez!" The story was 154 pages or so long!
The story was the most intense, and mysterious story I've read (of hers, at least) for a long time. The bad guy kind of freaked me. And the end of the book was one of the most horrible cliffhangers I've read since a long time… I begged Bex to send me the second book when she had finished it. Unfortunately, she was still editing the first book, and was stuck in writers block… Argh! I haven't received anything since that story…
Oh yeah. There is this one character, an Asian girl, who is a real girly girl, who everyone is intent of protecting from everything, who is described as innocent and gullible, who is most clearly mooning over some boy, (the main boy to be exact, who acts like a real jerk towards her; in fact, he is one of my least favorite characters; I don't see what the main girl sees in him), and who is eventually killed by carbon monoxide after being very clearly tricked by the bad guy…
Oh yeah, and the girl is named after me.
I love you too, cuz…

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'm Still Here, John Rzeznik

I love this song. I love the movie (Disney, Treasure Planet). I love this video…
am a question to the world,
Not an answer to be heard.
All a moment,
that's held in your arms.
And what do you think you'd ever say?
I won't listen anyway…
You don't know me,
And I’ll never be what you want me to be…

And what do you think you'd understand?
I'm a boy,
No, I'm a man..
You can take me,
and throw me away.
And how can you learn what's never shown?
Yeah, you stand here on your own.
They don't know me,
'Cause I'm not here!

And I want a moment to be real;
Wanna touch things I don't feel;
Wanna hold on and feel I belong…
And how can the world want me to change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
The don’t know me,
'Cause I’m not here…

And you see the things they never see
All you wanted,
I could be
Now you know me,
And I'm not afraid
And I wanna tell you who I am;
Can you help me be a man?
They can't break me,
As long as I know who I am!

And I want a moment to be real;
Wanna touch things I don't feel;
Wanna hold on and feel I belong…
And how can the world want me to change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
They can’t see me,
But I’m still here!

They can’t tell me who to be!
‘Cause I’m not what they see!
And the world is still sleepin’,
While I keep on dreamin’ for me;
And their words are just whispers
And lies that I’ll never believe!

And I want a moment to be real;
Wanna touch things I don't feel;
Wanna hold on and feel I belong.
And how can they say I never change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
I’m the one now,
‘Cause I’m still here!

I’m the one!
‘Cause I’m still here!
I’m still here!
I’m still here!
I’m still here…

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

iPad art

I know it's not particularly impressive since it's digital, but I don't give a dang; I'm rather proud of myself.
I have this app on my iPad (which is a hand-me-down from my mom, and I'm really grateful for that: it's so much easier to type now; I gave my iPod to my sister, and she's really happy, so everyone's happy) called LINE brush. Quite simply I put a picture on the thing, traced all things essential, then colored…

Me


My little sister (Raewyn/Dove)

Now my other fingers are stiff from disuse; I was only using my index finger the entire time…

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

I have read my desktop to perfection

Books:
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Hardy Boys book #2: House on the Cliff by Franklin W. Dixon
Mattimeo by Brian Jaques
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
How to Train your Dragon book #3: How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Usborn)
Shanghaied to China by Dave and Neta Jackson
How to Train your Dragon book #7: How to Ride a Dragon's Storm by Cressida Cowell
Tales of King Arthur retold by Felicity Brooks (Usborn)
Shakespeare's Scribe by Gary Blackwood
Hardy Boys book #24: The Short-Wave Mystery
Flight of the Fugitives by Dave and Neta Jackson 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Laser Tagging; goodbye, Vince :(

So my sister (Myrddin/Hawk), some of the TRUE youth group and I went laser tagging today. It was really fun! And it was also a sort of goodbye thing for our intern, Vince…
Let's see, Ilona, Leeann, Fran, Josh, Vince, Michael, Jeremy, the Holtby brothers (Jack, Nathanael and Isaac), Myrddin, Londi and I were there. Londi didn't play; she was on the observation deck (as I call it), watching us shoot each other and laughing at us.

(Josh and Vince having lunch)

Game one: four teams
Team: yellow
Name: Nitro
Teammates: The Holtby brothers and a boy who I don't know
This game actually went really well. Maybe it's because I'm getting better at it (actually, this is my third time doing it). As soon as I went in, I shot straight for the top floor, ducked behind a wall, and waited.
I totally felt like a sniper when the game started; I was shooting everything that blinked downstairs, and it was so fun shooting people who were alone, and have them acting like "what the heck?" Jack kept on bumping into me, scaring the heck out of me; luckily, I didn't shoot him. (Isaac shot Jack at one point, and Jack freaked, saying "WE'RE ON THE SAME TEAM!" I didn't see it, but Londi did, and she thought it was hysterical).
Eventually, I got bored, and ran down the stairs (the ramp, whatever). I got shot more often, but I was still really successful in shooting people. I kept on shooting Myrddin, who was obviously having fun, and freaking out at the same time (it was her first time), and bumping into Josh, who was pretty much the main person I kept on shooting.
Our team was third place, and I was number one on my team. WHOO! That's the highest I've been, even on my team!

Game two: three teams
Team: red
Name: Raven
Teammates: Isaac, Ilona, Michael and some other people I don't know
For once, this team had a strategy: Ilona and I would snipe from the top floor, while Isaac and Michael tried to shoot the snake at the bottom floor. The snake is one of the things that you can shoot for extra points; but the problem is… well more than one problem: it can shoot back at you, a lot of other people also want to shoot the snake, and we're reasonably sure the stupid thing can shoot through walls.
But it all worked reasonably well, though the boys eventually gave up and came up to the top with us. I played the entire game up in the place I had been during the beginning of the first game. I had my hoodie pulled over, so I felt really cool.
I gotta say, I think I'm a reasonably good shot: there was this one person in a blue vest who was remaining in the same place down on the first floor, pretty far away, but I could see the blinking lights through a small hole among the piped on the walls. I kept on shooting that person, and obviously, the had no idea where I was.
Some people are smarter, so they will sometimes look up and shoot the sniper up there. I got shot a lot in this manner. And Josh also bumped into me again in my hiding place. I kept shooting him until he got out.
The red team was second place, and I placed second on the team list, after Ilona (Shadow). WHOO! Still pretty good; Ilona's a killer.

Game three: four teams
Team: green
Name: Impulse (oooh, I really like that; I think I'll use that again)
Teammates: Jeremy and Michael, and a bunch of other people I don't know.
I was really tired by this time, and since I didn't know anyone on my team (except for Jeremy and Michael), I was kind of lazy in this game.
I ran all over the place, hoodie pulled over my head, and getting shot every ten seconds. Still, I did pretty good; our team got third place, me placing second after Michael (Maximus). Wow, was he quite the killer!

Everyone is going to miss Vince, but at least we had a good time…
(Photo by our youth group leader, Londi)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Who My Friends are to Me

You see the boy over there?
He's the oldest. The funniest.
The one who seems to know everything.
For some, the most annoying.
To me he is a big brother, an advice giver.

Oh, the girl there?
She's the Brit. The sensitive one.
The one who you can talk to.
For some, an advice giver on boys.
To me she is a relatable friend, who I can cry with.

The boy in the red shirt?
He's the smartest. The joke cracker.
The one with the funny laugh.
For some, possibly the nerd.
To me he is a very good friend, easy to talk to.

Can you spot the shorter girl?
She's the introvert. The fearless one.
The one who vocalizes her opinions.
For some, the one with attitude.
To me she is my opposite, my friend.

And me?
I'm the talker. The movie lover.
The one who laughs at everything.
For some, maybe the strange one.
To me...
Well, I like myself.
I hope you like you.
And I don't want to change.
Still... I wonder... Who am I to my friends?
I hope they like me...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sunway Lagoon!! WHOO!

I'm back from Sunway Lagoon…
Woah…
Like…
Woah… Geez.
It might've been because I was extremely tired, but the entire day seemed to have a slightly surreal quality to it. But it was awesome…
I was woken up at around eight. I like sleep a lot, so I pretty much almost fell back to asleep. But I knew I really wanted to go to Sunway Lagoon (even better: youth group), so I got my bathing suit, clothes and other stuff together in zombie mode. It wasn't until we were outside the place, in the blazing morning sun, when I started to wake up.
We (my sister, a small portion of the youth group and I) started off just hanging out at the wave pool. A place with artificial beach waves. It might been more awesome if they had been stronger, but still, we had fun. When Londi came, we dumped all our bags onto a picnic table and left her there. (That sounds a little… coarse, but that is basically what we did).
We all knew what we wanted to do first.

The Vortex.
(Photo credit: Facebook, Sunway Lagoon Malaysia)

-insert DUN DUN DUN music here-

It. Was. Fantastic. It was well worth climbing the stair four times just to ride it again…
On the first time, I was terrified. Mainly because we were freaky high (I'm afraid of heights), and also because I knew that there would be a roller coaster sensation moment at one point. I screamed the entire way.
I loved it.
Jack, our youth intern, who was in the raft with me and a couple unknown people, was also yelling, but only because he wanted to freak people out.
On the second, third, and fourth time, I didn't exactly scream. I more yelled "WHOOHOO!" and "YEAH!" and "COME ON!" like a daredevil maniac. I can't remember much of the second ride, only that Ilona was with me, and she was the one who was backwards. When we got to the roller coaster sensation place, she turned, and screamed. Her face, which was partly laughing, was priceless.
I can't really remember the third time, but I remember the fourth; I was with my sister (Hawk/Myrddin), Lydia, and a friend of her's, Makaya (I have no idea if I spelled that right).
The three of them were screaming the entire way (because they wanted to freak people out), and there was this one moment when we got to the steep slide…
Lydia had been with us the last two times, and both those times, she was backwards. Makaya wanted to be backwards this time, so she decided to sit where Lydia was going to sit. It worked. But when we went down the roller coaster sensation slide, she let out a huge scream.
I was laughing so hard I couldn't make any sound at all…

After that, we (the youth group) went down a few more slides, that weren't quite as awesome. I was really tired by then, and so I just rested by the picnic table, where Jack had replaced Londi.
Later, Myrddin, Parsa, Josh, Vince, Piers (Ilona's younger brother) and I went to this place where very, very powerful jets are blasted up a slanted slide looking thing (only it's a lot wider then a slide). Basically, you can do artificial body boarding there.
I was enthusiastic, because last time I did body boarding… it was so awesome!!! Vince didn't do it though; Piers had disappeared. Apparently he had gone back to the picnic table and joined another group to do something else, but we didn't know that then.
Myrddin and I went first. I wiped out pretty soon the first time. On the second time, I personally think I did reasonably good…
When Parsa and Josh had finished their round, Vince had come back, and we walked off to do something else. We found something else with some sort of dirt bike ride. They looked really sweet, so we decided it would be cool to do this.
We didn't stick around long. The line wasn't moving at all, and also a group of girls came over asking us if they could go ahead of us, saying they were in a competition and all that jazz. Some guy was following them with a camera with a large microphone attached to it. Nothing much was happening, so  we let them pass and let them try to convince the people in front of us to let them go ahead. We left then.
Myrddin, Josh and Vince wanted to go on the zip line. Parsa and I objected; the line was long, at least a half hour worth of waiting, and neither of us were fond of heights. So only Josh, Vince and Myrddin went. We headed back towards the picnic table.

TIME BLUR.

Ok, so my mind was a bit of a blur then. All I know is that at least more than an hour of time passed, and I'm sure we (the rest of the youth group) did something. Anyway, we got dressed out of our bathing suits and headed for the amusement park. Jack and Josh stayed behind to wait for Vince, Josh and Myrddin.
The first thing we did at the amusement park was go on the pirate ship. It was one of the rides that goes back and forth, higher and higher, until they do a 360°, before slowly rocking to a stop. None of us thought many of the rides were scary, but we all agreed that the pirate ship was probably going to be the scariest.
So of course we rode it.
On the first time, we (Ilona, Piers, Lavinia and Fran) only just managed to catch the ride. I was sitting next to Ilona. I was tense, and enthusiastically, maybe something along the lines of manically, anticipating. When it started, I was just muttering the same thing over and over again.
Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh…
Ilona just sat there, completely quiet, her eyes shut almost the entire time. I had a death grip on the chest retainer with my left hand, and was trying to keep my glasses on with the other. I remember as we started going vertical, that's when my mutterings turned into screams.
Three sixty…
OHMYGOSH!!!!!

Anyway, it was awesome, though I was kind of rocky when we got off. When we did, our automatic reaction: LET'S GO AGAIN! Lydia and Makaya had arrived just then, and they went too. Lavinia, Ilona, Fran and Makaya sat in the back row, while Lydia and I sat one row in front of them. It took a lot of time for the thing to get started; a few people kept on chicken-ing out.
We were getting impatient, and at one point Lydia unbuckled her seat belt to stand up and see what was going on. Then, as soon as she sat down, the leg retainer came down, preventing her from buckling her seatbelt. We both freaked, yelling that she hadn't put on her seatbelt. We were so relieved when they stalled yet again so she could buckle her seatbelt. And finally we were off.
I changed my words, and also I put a bit more volume into their volume.
Holy snap! Holy… Snap! Snap snap snap snap snap!
I also did a bit more of "WHOOHOOOOOO!"
And we managed to do two three sixties, there was so much momentum.
I was beginning to get a little bit sick, so I wasn't quite as vocal towards the end of it.
Later, back on the ground, as it turned out no one knew where Vince, Josh and Myrddin were. Parsa and Jack had gone to look for them; they had been gone for a little more than two hours.
I was getting very anxious, and when my dad called to pick us up, I had to tell him that Myrddin was pretty much lost. Londi was also anxious, and wondering if Vince had gone somewhere in the park else without us knowing. And the park is pretty big.
At least ten minutes later, Londi got a call from Jack. He'd found them. And they had only just reached the top of the zip line. Why anyone would stay in a line for two hours I had no idea. Myrddin was going to go down, and as soon as she hit ground, Jack would head her our way. After another several minutes, finally they came. Apparently Vince had convinced the two of them that it would be well worth the wait.

And thus was the story of my best day ever (in this week at least, and that's saying a lot because actually, this week hasn't been that bad either).