Slide the City – Reviewing the Madness

This week has been a bit hectic as I finished my work teaching for the year and summer officially started for me. But I’ll come back later and talk about that as well as my new favorite recipe for peanut butter cookies and baking the perfect chicken breasts.

Today I want to talk to you about a little thing called Slide the City.

I signed up for this what seems like ages ago with a friend of mine, and the forecast became gloomier and gloomier in Eeyore terms as the day approached. Today has been a mix of rain, storm clouds, lots of wind, and patches of sunshine. But it’s actually the perfect weather for this kind of wet and wild event.

My friend decided not to go with me, but because I picked up her packet of things, Fernando graciously came with me. But let’s back up a bit.

So what is Slide the City?

It’s a giant slip-n-slide like the ones I used to ride in my grandparent’s backyard in Indiana when I was a kid. Except when I say giant, think 1,000 feet long, the length of three football fields, and stretched down a closed off city street on an incline. Got the picture? That’s Slide the City.

This is a great idea of what Slide the City looks like.

How many times do you get to ride Slide the City?

It depends on what package you choose. I chose the Triple Slider as that was the best value when I signed up. Technically the unlimited option is your best value if you get it early, but if you don’t, then I’d go with Triple Slider. Now, I’ve seen people from other events saying that there was no way to tell if someone was riding the correct amount of times, but at our event, there were volunteers checking wristbands and marking on the Triple Slider and Single Slider wristbands so people couldn’t cheat the system.

Now, let me tell you how Slide the City worked for me.

I purchased my Triple Slider in the regular (not early) purchase time frame for $35. The organization pairs up with a charity in the city (ours was the local Children’s Hospital) to give some of the proceeds to, and I think that’s the only reason I would ever pay that much money for a giant slip-n-slide. The week before the event, I received emails with an e-receipt to use for retrieving my swag and information about how to retrieve said swag and where to report on the day of the event.

Retrieving the swag was easy. I simply showed up to the event location the day before and stood in a hot, stuffy line for about twenty minutes before I got my wristband, tube, and mouth guard. They do have a pretty streamlined process, and I was pleased there wasn’t too much confusion about what to do; though the volunteers did seem to just shuffle people off with little actual direction about where to go in a long line of people checking riders in.

For people curious about the information that says you have to sign a waiver, I’ll go ahead and say I never did. I printed it out and brought it with me, but there was such chaos at the actual event I have no idea where I would have turned it in. On event day, there was no check-in station just a number of different sponsor booths set up, a place to fill up your tubes for a small fee (ours was $1 despite the Facebook response that it would be $2), a DJ playing obnoxiously loud pop music, and the world’s largest slip-n-slide.

By the time Fernando and I arrived, the lines were outrageous. We picked a line that looked deceptively short compared to the extremely long middle line. It was a huge mistake. The lines had different unmarked purposes we weren’t aware of. There were three lines, one for families with children under 12 years old, one for parties (groups of people who would slide together), and one for singles (only one person could slide at a time). We made the mistake of picking the single slider line, and we watched enviously as the party line moved at about three times the rate of our line. It wasn’t till Fernando saw a friend of his that we found out why the middle line was going so much faster. By then we were almost to the slide after about 1.5 hours wait.

My advice to anyone going to Slide the City: ask around and find out what the different lanes are for so you don’t make our mistake. 

We were able to slide three times, but after waiting in line that long and seeing so many more people showing up, we decided to call it a day after one trip down the slides. But what a trip! The slides were worth the wait, I think. You run to the edge of the slides, flop onto your tube, and take off. I can’t tell you how many times I turned around or hit the sides, but it was a rush! Fernando caught up to me pretty quickly, but I’m going to guess it’s cause he’s bigger then me.

Shh! Don’t tell him I said that. 😉

Overall, Slide the City is a fun event. My advice is to buy in early to get the best prices, and go with the unlimited number of slides so you can go early and not have to wait as long as other people.

Would I do it again? Perhaps not. I think once is enough for me. If someone wants to pay for me, sure. Other than that, I’ll spend my pennies elsewhere.

– RaeNezL


Best Laid Plans

Over the weekend I took Dobby the House Corgi on a trip to a local Pet Fair. It was actually a lot of fun, and we got some exposure to other animals and tons of people. Best of all for Dobby, we came away loaded up with treats, toys, and lots of literature on places, people and things of note that I am now working on reading through.

That was the first experience we’ve had together in a local event for pets and pet owners, and since it went so well, I’m now planning to go to another one in June that will be bigger, last longer, and hopefully give us more delicious freebies for the pup to enjoy.

I decided this would be my year to explore things in my city, and since I’m no longer working crazy long hours with a screwed up weight loss company and I’ll actually have a summer vacation this year, I’ve searched out some fun and fairly cheap options of things to do.

Have you ever searched for local events just to see what your city has to offer?

It’s kind of crazy, actually. I know people who live in a small town might not have as many events on offer as those in big cities, but even in my moderately sized city, I was pleasantly surprised by all the options available. I’ve made plans to go to a few different festivals happening this spring, the next one in mid-May!

In fact, the one in mid-May is probably one of my favorites because it’s the most delicious festival we have. Yes, I live in the South. Yes, we make delicious food. Yes, we celebrate our amazing food. And, yes, I’m going to a festival celebrating one of our Southern specialties: the biscuit.

I’ll likely make a post about that festival as it comes time for me to attend, but suffice it to say, it’s a big festival and there are many delicious options of food.

Then there is the second dog festival we’re attending in June. That one is, as I mentioned, bigger. But it happens to be in downtown and on the same day as a chicken wing festival located in the same area. This means the festivals will celebrate dogs and their people! Can you say excited? I am super excited about this and can’t wait to see what all I can indulge. Of course, that all depends on whether I am allowed to attend the wing festival with a dog in tow. We shall see.

And the last event on my list for this spring? A little thing called Slide the City. It’s something that moves from place to place, so you may or may not have it in a location close to you. Basically this group comes in and sets up a 1000-foot slip-n-slide in the middle of a downtown city street for people to grab floats and slide down.

Can you imagine kids and grown adults screaming, shouting, and laughing their way through a downtown street on their bellies in a torrent of running water? Yeah. It’s exactly why I’m going. I’d like to get my dad’s GoPro and slap a waterproof cover on it to video the experience. We’ll see how well that works, though.

These are the few events I’ve decided to do just to see what my city has available. Is there anything you’ve got planned for the spring or summer? Share with me in the comments.

– RaeNezL