So last night, laurie_robey
and I were at the now-sadly-pholph
less Dulles Towne Center getting some dinner. I left her at Sbarro and turned to head to the other side of the food court, when suddenly, out of nowhere, there was a carousel.
A full-size, baroque, Venetian carousel, as one might expect to see at a county fair or theme park. Right where the north end of the food court used to be.
It was fenced off, unmanned, and dark, with a "Help Wanted" sign at the booth. How I managed to miss it until I was right on top of it is beyond me -- it had to be at least 18' or 20' tall and a good 25' or 30' across, with charging horses and carriages a-plenty. It was like something out of a book ... I found myself wondering if the thing ran with phantom children on it at night when the mall was closed.
I also found myself wondering if Rapid T. Rabbit knew, and when he'd be down to ride the thing. ;)
After finally getting my kabob from the kabob place (which has a name, I'm sure, but I always think of it as "the kabob place," and if any of you are familiar with Dulles Towne Center you'll probably know what I mean about finally
getting my kabob), I spent the meal examining the carousel in detail. It had Venice scenes painted around the crown, and about a third of the seats were in carriages rather than on horses so grownups could comfortably get on as well.
Weekends at Dulles Towne Center are going to be unbearable now.