Published on Apr 6, 2012
Not long ago, I thought 8+ years without a vacation was going to happen again (or something close to it). Strangely enough, lately, vacations have become far more common, typically about once a year, sometimes even twice a year (once only 40 or so days apart too). In short, I define a vacation as a time span of at least 24 hours being away from home (by home, I mean by home town). A road trip is the same except that it's less than 24 hours. Trips to Bismarck go here since it's only for 12 hours at the most. This series of 10 videos covers almost everything. Be sure to read the video descriptions of each segment (skip this first paragraph since it's always the same) to learn more, especially in the cases I forgot to narrate or for corrections.
The Mall of America is by far the biggest mall I've ever seen, though not the longest. Not only is a million square feet for ground coverage, it's also got several floors, 5 (3 main ones, the fourth for the theaters, and the fifth being the basement aquarium - there may be subbasements I'm unaware of accessible only to employees and staff. Every time I go to the Minneapolis area, I want to go there. From watching a show called "Mall Cops" on TLC, I gained an even greater interest in going and I actually saw a few. They're more like security guards than cops though. I was only after 3 things. The first was seeing if I could get the SNES game Shadowrun. Unfortunately, Hi Score Video Games is no longer there and thus, with no store selling old video games in that entire mall (how interesting for a place as big as this with hundreds of shops), I'm out of luck on that, forcing me to use Ebay (of which I'm not tempted to use). The second thing I was after was a prism. Why a prism? I love the spectrum!
The third thing is covered by these video segments: the rides. They say "we want your scream". They never got mine as none of their rides are scary enough, not even Rock Bottom Plunge (the first and only roller coaster I've ever been on with a loop-de-loop) or Avatar Air Bender, the 2 most intense rides there. I'm very resistent to these rides so it takes a lot to get past my resistences. In fact, I never scream. I'm mostly smiling and working the physics behind how the ride works and behaves. I skip the kiddie rides (Balloon Ride is one such case that isn't a kiddie ride - way too lame). Crazy Cars is the only kiddie ride I go on, though it's not the true kiddie ride. I make plenty of references to Platform Masters (the 2D platformer I'm making) so you can see where things fit in with PM.
At the end of the rides, you'll see me going on one of them, the Log Chute (the best ride of them all, of which I've been on now 17 times). On frame 4900 (at 2:43.5), you'll see the clearest view of me on the Log Chute ride. The case of me getting to the exit follows.
The only complaint I have with the theme park there is that it's very difficult to find the entrances to some of them. I spent nearly 20 minutes trying to find the entrance to Avatar Air Bender and 15 minutes finding the adult version of the bumper cars. This often because the more obvious paths are blocked by gates and other rides being joined up forcing you to take detours. More signs would really help, especially signs giving directions to the entrances. The exits are easy to get to so I have no complaints there.
The last thing I did at the Mall of America was getting a Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Finding cinnamon rolls without the frosting is very difficult. Why without the frosting? I hate it. It hurts the taste a lot for me. Cinnamon-roll-flavored cereal would be so much better if it was made without the frosting taste being applied. In fact, whenever I go to Burger King, the very rare fast food I get, I only get the Cinniminis and, if I remember, I ask to donate the icing as I never use it. I hate the fact Burger King only sells them before 11:00 AM, never after. It only makes finding cinnamon rolls without frosting even more difficult. Anyway, I first thought Cinnabon was another variant of the cinnamon plant. I had no idea it was a store. I only first heard of it from Grands cinnamon rolls. This is the actual place (well, one of them anyway) and I got the biggest cinnamon roll they had. I got it after the rides.