This is the excerpt from my January 1 "What a Vacation" thread, about my ride on the Central Park Carousel in Manhattan that began the reawakening of Little Vic, my inner child. In it I mention my imitation of a Looney Tunes character, Red Hot Ryder. Here's the excerpt:
I rode the carousel that held my best Manhattan memory, which I had ridden as a 2-3 year old. In fact I'm convinced I rode what appeared to be the very horse (or spot anyway) I remembered riding as a kid. And boy did I behave like a kid.
There is a Looney Tune cartoon featuring the Red Hot Ryder, and I did his whole riding routine practically, including riding side saddle, just as I promised myself I would.
My wife & one daughter rode comfortably (or so they thot) in front of me, while the other daughter vainly attempted to take pics of me while acting like she didn't know me. The guys behind me & probably others watching thot I was nuts. Guess what? I coulda cared less!
This was a key beginning moment in the resurrection & release of my inner child. Little Wuame & Big Wuame had a blast, & I'm really starting now to relive my childhood. One of the most fun times & best memories of my life, & I got to share it with my whole (if somewhat embarrassed!) real family of creation!
(Just picture me riding a carousel!)
"And here he is, Manhattan's famous fighting cowboy, Red--Hot--Ryder!"...
"Whoa horsey! Awww come on now horsey whoa! Plleeezze horsey won't ya whoa?"
"Doggone it now horsey, come on and whoa!"
"Oh boy, lookit me! I'm a ridin' side-saddle! I'm a ridin' side-saddle!...
"...Well I a-am!"
Victor aka The Red Hot Ryder