Roller Coaster

I can’t believe it’s so warm in Florida during winter! I thought quietly while we wandered around Islands of Adventure. The air was hot and sticky as we navigated through the crowd of people. People bussed around us like flies, except they wore all kinds of colors. Most wore red with thing 1 or 2 encased in a white circle with black out lining it. It was like a sea of fish. We began to make our way across a white bridge when water sprayed Mom.

“EKK!” she quietly screeched flinching at the touch of the water. Other people were doing the same thing Mom was doing. I observed while trying to contain my giggles. Boy! I’m glad that I wasn’t sprayed. Then my eyes caught sight of something amazing!

I turned around hoping not to miss it. Several rows of seats darted up wars. I could see arms waving around. I also hear people screaming excitedly as their legs dangled down not toughing anything except air.

“Look!” I shouted pulling Mom and Evan closer to the edge. Jabbing my finger out as another cart dived beneath us and under the bridge into the white mist.

My eyes tracked the cart as it went along the track.

“Can we go on it?” I began to beg, ”Please…”

“I don’t think so…’cause I mean like… like   um … see? The line is too long!” Evan interjected while fumbling over the words like someone who’s learning another language. We bickered till…

“You two are both going! Including you Evan! You need to be more adventurous!” Mom interjected.

“But…” Evan began.

“No!’’ Mom interrupted, “You’re both going! I’ll stay and hold the stuff that can come off very easily.”

Mom then ordered Evan to take off his glasses and told us to behave as usual, she continued, but all I heard was blah, blah and more blahs. She then pointed at the entrance and ordered us to have fun. I thought that fun was when you did something thrilling that you knew was super stupid and crazy. So how could some one be ordered to have fun? I mean like… come on! That doesn’t compute!

We strolled in to the line for people who wanted to go in as a group with a friend/s. I I’m proud to say that I was in front of Evan for once! Because normally is better than me and always getting better scores so… bet that Evan! The line was so long! It zig zagged around to save space. Big screens were hanging on some of the black pillars. Oh! Did I mention that it was dark? Well if I did, this is a reminder. It was dark, but not SO dark that you couldn’t see just that there wasn’t much light. Anyways back to the screens they were displaying some sort of comic book character that was doing something weird and boyish using girl terms.

When we were able to see the cart I got super excited. I tried to get a good peek at it, but since I was so short! I had a hard time because pretty much everyone in front of my brother and me were a lot taller. They seemed to be teenagers.

“Do you want to be in the front?” a tall plump man dresses in a blue uniform inquired us as we stopped in front of a small wooden desk.

“No thank you,” I stuttered eagerly looking at the coaster.

“Okay… please go to line 3,”he sighed. That must be a really boring job I must say… or in this case think. He was pointing to a line of a few people and behind them was a big 3 painted on the floor with ropes separating the line from the others.

We scuttled to the back of the line. While we waited we saw that the line for the front was really lone, it was making a huge curve along the wall, and it wasn’t moving very fast. The other lines were straight and shorter. My eyes quickly darted back to the front and we were near. We’ll be next! Yay!

When we got on, I was on the far side to the left Evan was next to me. They told us to buckle up, the buckles were kind of complicated but I figured it out. Assistants walk from the front to back checking the seat buckles but pulling on them and helping the people that couldn’t figure it out (that’s how I figured it out, I watched what she did when she helped someone else.)

Once every seat belt was check I felt a jolt. As the carts moved forward at a normal pace I heard the track. I heard people in the front screaming as I felt the cart I was on even then lurched downwards. I don’t know how you would describe this, but it was tremendously thrilling! I fell like… well… That actually a good question how WOULD you describe it.

Wind rushes pass me as we raced downward taking a sharp turn to the left. I looked and I saw a big fence and the ground with grass painted on it with one or two patches of dirt.

“WOOHOO!” screamed Evan with both his arms flailing up above his head. Soon after I put my hands up I was smiling and screaming along. We flipped, turned, and it did loopy loops. The ride was exhilarating! Soon I saw the white bridge and I was able to pin point my mother on the bridge, as we raced under the bridge I felt a fog encase all of the carts. Only we were encased for a few seconds before we emerged into the light. I began to feel that the carts were slowing down. We enter in to the place where we had gotten on as we quaked to a stop. You think that after all the money they would get they would try to light this place up ‘cause it’s STILL dark! But it has some light from the sun.

After the ride was done we had to unbuckle our seat belts. The problem was that I was having so much fun on the roller coaster that I forgot how to buckle and unbuckle the seat belt. An assistant came by to help people and sadly I was one of them. After we were escorted out Evan and I began to look for Mom. Then I spotted her.

“Mom!” I yelled as I pulled Evan along with me as I made my way to her.

“Oh! There you two are how was it?” Mom questioned us as she jerked her head in our direction.

“AMAZING!” we both answered in unison.

“We have to go on the next one we see immediately Mom,” I stated as we began to walk away.

“Okay,” Mom replied.

“Hey look there is one!” Evan interjected pointing at another ride. I don’t know about you but now that I think about it… curiosity does lead to adventure. And if I ever see a roller coaster again if we are ever in another amusement park I’ll be the first to hop on… that is if I can bet my brother!

Water Crisis

Can you imagine not having access to clean water but only having access to dirty water? In some places like southern Sudan, women have to walk to a near by stream or pond. Which could take them on a walk up to eight hours a day. When they get the water it more likely has diseases in which may kill the weak. In the agricultural way of looking at it, it’s harder to farm in those areas because the deserts are growing!

 

It’s hard to get water in some countries. 97% of the water in the world is undrinkable, “about 2% is frozen in polar ice sheets and glaciers” (McCollum page 7). 750 million people lack access to clean water in some countries around the world according to Water.org. Some villages are located a long distance away from a tributary or pond so the women walk to the water source. The trip to the river or pond is dangerous because they could get hurt or attacked. When they get the water is unclean, so then it could cause illness and if you’re already weak you could die.

 

Dangerous diseases come from unclean water. According to Water.org more than 840,000 people die each year from water related diseases. Unclean drinking water can cause diarrhea, “sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally” (Water.org).

 

The deserts are growing in some areas; the people there have a hard time farming on the land because there is no water. So then it is harder for them to make a living and then they could end up in poverty. In Edition.cnn.com it talks about the unsustainable demands of the increasing amount of people. The desertification contributes to environmental degradation. Dust storms, poverty and a drop in farming are causes to health problems, which are caused by desertification according to Edition.cnn.com. In Water, Water Everywhere? It talks about the population growing. When the population grows there are more people who are “tapping an increasingly limited supply of fresh water” (McCollum page 7). This is part of the reason the deserts are growing.

 

Our world has a water crisis. Some parts of countries don’t have access to clean water, and the way they get it, the water is contaminated (unsuited to be drunk). Also the deserts are growing which has an impact when it expands. To conclude, our world has a water crisis, and it doesn’t have a nice impact on the world.