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Like a Million Baseball Fans Cried Out, and Were Suddenly Silenced

Mariners FanFest Announces Zip Line?!

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So I was on Twitter just a few moments ago, and the Mariners account had just then posted a link to the list of activities at FanFest this coming weekend. I have done or seen pretty much everything on that list already, but ziplining across the field?! You have to be joking!

I should preface this with the fact that I have a ridiculous fear of heights and non-car-or-boat-accompanied speed. I have never ziplined or been in a place where that activity was even an option. I am also skeptical of day- or weeklong carnival situations like the Rose Festival down in Portland, where rides or massive machinery are set up for a short period of time and have been set up and broken down multiple times over the course of any given year. You hear about injuries in those situations all the time; in fact the last time I actually went to the Rose Festival waterfront carnival, a girl fell her death out of the Zipper, that crazy machine that looks like a giant chain saw and flips people all over the place while rotating. It happened later in the day after I was long gone from the festivities, but it happened nonetheless.

Because of this and stories like it, I am always hesitant to take such risks. I’m also not a huge fan of carnival rides in the first place; it’s not that I hate them, it’s just that they don’t do a whole lot for me in general. But this? I am going to have to give this a lot of thought. It is kind of a unique opportunity, in spite of my deal with heights. Now I just need to figure out if the opportunity trumps my fear.

If you hear a scream and litany of swears and see someone with pink hair having an aneurism while flying across the sky this Saturday, chances are super high it’s going to be me.

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