I took First Son to Magic Mountain yesterday for his 11th birthday. I also took a year off my life.

(I didn’t take this video. But I did ride this ride. Twice.)


  1. notrelatedtoted says

    My first son’s b-day was also yesterday. Way to set the bar, Lickona. Now my birthday plans look totally craptastic.

  2. notrelatedtoted says

    And are you wearing a helmet cam?

    Hilarious. You can actually hear were you almost hurled.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    God put me on this earth to torment you, and by gum, I mean to torment you.
    But no, I didn’t take that video. And while my stomach still hurts a little, I didn’t hurl. It was kind of touching – after each of these monsters, the boy turned to me and asked, “Are you okay, Dad?”

  4. Cubeland Mystic says

    When we do traditional male oriented things, the boy typically refers to me as “dude”. Is that normal?

  5. notrelatedtoted says

    It’s a glimpse of what’s to come -Godsbody, The Next Generation: License to Drive.

  6. Lindsay says

    I vomited in my mouth a little watching that.

    My oldest son watched the video with me and said, “Mom, you would never make that. You screamed when they rocked the Ferris Wheel.”

    Thanks. I almost feel as old as if he had asked, “Are you ok, Dad?” after each ride—what a lovely day, PawPaw, I mean, Matthew.

  7. Eoin Suibhne says


    I think a visit to King’s Dominion is on order. It has fourteen roller coasters, the newest of which “will be the longest floorless coaster in the world. Fly through gut-wrenching loops, rolls and corkscrews at speeds up to 65 mph!”

    Sounds like fun to me!

  8. notrelatedtoted says

    I gotta save my money to go to Columbus Ohio.

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