Saturday, August 26, 2006

Tunnel Of Love

the old mill

The Old Mill is the "Tunnel of Love" at the Minnesota State Fair. A water ride, it consists of a half-dozen boats in a sluiceway that is partially underground. Crude tableaux of cartoon characters appear occasionally in recesses set in the walls. There is no thematic order or meaning to their appearance. Millions of kisses have been stolen in it, and more than a few hands slapped. On a warm day the water develops an "aroma"- the whole thing is a throwback to a simpler, less antiseptic time. When the daring couples do emerge, there is often a palpable sense of relief.

And yes, the water is brown...

By Professor Batty


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