I have always wanted a Slip n' Slide. Erik says the only reason I wanted a Slip n' Slide so bad was because I never had one as a kid. This is true. My parents thought Slip n' Slides were too dangerous. Instead, for summer fun they opted to put a sprinkler under the "much safer" trampoline when I was kid.
Most parents are well aware that the Slip n' Slide is a killer, yet they still let their kids play on it anyway. As you can see from the above picture, my grandfather tried to protect the kids from accidentally sliding into that nearby tree by wrapping a thin towel around the trunk of it. Yeah, that should save the kids from serious head injury. Did I mention my grandfather is an inventor?
In 1993 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued their most stern warning yet against Slip n' Slides. If you are an adult or teenager, your Slip n' Slide will most likely either paralyze or even kill you. Good to know.
With all this in mind, I decided to fulfill my childhood fantasy and buy a Slip n' Slide last week. I had dreams of this toy providing hours of entertainment. I would throw a birthday party with the Slip n' Slide as the centerpiece. Perhaps a Young Womens activity too! It was going to be awesome. What risk of death? You could die walking down the street too!
So, it's been a week, and the Slip n' Slide is kind of a let down. It's much smaller than I pictured. The first day we got it out, Erik and I were showing the kids how to use it. That's when Erik had the accident. Listen closely. The sound effects aren't as good as Wipeout's, but that is because they are real. Don't worry, Erik is fine... now. He is truly a Slip n' Slide survivor.