If a sweet, cute, nice girl asked you to watch
the moonbounce for a little while, you would do it, right?
It was 4 a.m. at Galaxian when Laura asked
me to watch the moonbounce for a little while, she had been doing
it for no less than an hour. I was pretty tired from dancing
and walking around all night, so I figured it would be fun watch
the moonbounce for a minute. I wanted to be a good moonbounce
operator, so the first thing to do was to read the rules of the
1) No Shoes
2) No Flipping
3) No Rough Play
4) No Pens or Sharp Objects
5) No Candy, Drinks, or Gum
6) No Silly String
I think that there were actually eight rules, but those were
the important ones.
At first, things seems like they are going
to go smoothly. The moonbounce is
filled with warm and fuzzy people laying all over the place and
for the most part, not moving. Things would change when new moonbouncers
enter the arena. Suddenly there is heavy bouncing and rough play.
A Girl is doing flips, so I say no flipping, but just as a disclaimer.
I am trying to be cool, not regulating. Well, that is not the
right attitude for a moonbounce bouncer. She is trying to do
a backflip when she lands on the back of her head. The entire
rest of her body looks like it wanted to land on her front. She
recoils back 180 degrees, and she is not moving. Are you Okay?
a moonbouncer asks.
"Hhhhhhhhhhuuuuuuh, Hhhhhhhhhhuh, Hhhhhhhhhhuh. sound comes
girl who can only do half flips.
Everyone is thinking or saying "Shit, fuck, damn."
And me, because I wanted to
be "cool" am responsible for the paralysis of a party
kid. I go around the moonbounce and ask her if she is okay. She
says that she does not want to move and everyone thinks that
she will never walk again. A minute later, she wants to leave
the moonbounce, and it seems like she only had the wind knocked
out of her. In front of the moon bounce some guy tells me that
she had slipped a disk. He shows me where on her back he found
the slipped disk, and how he popped it back into place. And this
is all in the first 5 minutes.
NO SILLY STRING
"Do you have any silly string?"
"Silly String, do you have any silly string?"
"Are you sure about that"
"Turn around, hands on your head"
I would then proceed to frisk the confused yet compliant potential
"Okay, your cool, but if I see any silly string, youre outta
here. Got that?"
I went through this same exact drill with no less that 10 party
kids. Eventually a
small crowd of two or three people, including Sam, formed to
watch the show. It was interesting to see people put up with
unreasonable search for Silly String.
Hey guys, please dont fall into the sides
of the moonbounce, if you are going to
fall, fall into the middle. Hey you, cmon, dont fall into the
side of the moonbounce.
Okay dude, your'e messing up the moonbounce. "What, are
those shoes? You are OUT, OUT, dude, no moonbounce for you."
As he exits the moonbounce this blatant violator of the moonbounces
most sacred and respected rule talks smack.
"Im scared of you. "
(He is being sarcastic.)
"Well, some poeple are just more timid than others, I guess."
(I'm always being sarcastic)
"No, really dude, you scare me"
Lara is back by now and she being cool, so she says to forget
about that guy.
"This is my friends party, man."
"Oh, this is your friends party? Oh.shit man, my bad, I
did not know this was
your friends party. You can wear shoes in the moonbounce if this
is your friends party."
"Why dont you get some of those Eskimo shoes with the big
"Are you part of 26C?"
"Uhm, no I am just watching the moonbounce, actually, I
am on Ravers Digest."
"Oh, who are you?"
"Uh, Im Mark."
"Oh, number 37?"
"Uh, yeah, thats me."
"Can you put me in your story?"
"Uh, I don't know, there would have to be some sort of Graphic
Sexual Encounter or something, really."
"This is my boyfriend"