I've mentioned before that my favorite carnival ride is the Tilt-o-Whirl. I don't know why I love being spun in circles so fast that centrifugal force will not let the smile leave my face. But I do. Maybe because it is not something that involves leaving the ground and thus, may come crashing to the ground. I suppose I could get hurt on this ride too, but at least I wouldn't plunge to my death.
I finally talked Carlos into going on it with me. Or maybe bullied and made fun of him until he relented and went on it with me. Maybe. I think he enjoyed it but was adamant that he was not going on it again with me anytime soon!
What really caught my attention at this carnival in Izamal were the four guys who were spinners for the ride. They were in charge of grabbing your car and giving it a hefty spin, thus keeping you spinning at top force for the entire ride. Great fun for the people in the cars!
I marveled at their dexterity and agility to race around that moving track and all of those cars and not get smacked in the face or knocked down and rolled over. I don't know how they do it but I hope they get paid well for it. What dangerous work. I have never seen anything like this in the United States. Maria, my friend, from Sweden, says that it is a very common practice in Sweden too. Maybe it's OSHA that keeps them from risking their lives NOB.
I took some video after my ride to show you these guys in action. For the most part, they are wearing white T-shirts. They are easily recognizable because they are the only ones out of cars and running around. Be sure to click on all the videos, they are short. But they sure give you a sense of the danger these guys put themselves in every time that ride starts up!