There are but three concerns that remain after last night’s delightful extravaganza:
1. The long and noteworthy meltdown of a very tired girl after a short night of sleep. She kept it together this morning during church, but naptime came suddenly, noisily, and with much wailing.
2. Some lingering concerns about animal cruelty. Admittedly, these are more a result of my kind friends’ inquiry than my own sense of compassion, but it was a tad disturbing to see so many animals so confined and so trained, now that I think about it.
3. A problem from a physics class that I never took, which has lingered from my favorite feature last night. The motorcycles in the globe event was incredible, especially when they added the seventh motorcycle and started to have them riding on at least two axes. Wow. What I noticed then was that the whole sphere was rocking back and forth, and the stagehands were doing their best to hold it steady. My question, then, is about the physical forces at work inside that globe: if the whole thing came loose of its moorings, would the riders still be able to perform? I mean, if they were theoretically able to keep their bearings with respect to the other riders and the inside of the sphere, could they continue their performance as the sphere rolled randomly across the floor? (I am assuming that the sphere would need to be secured again before they could bring their performance to its conclusion.)
I’ll keep thinking about this ethics and science stuff, and keep hoping that the girl goes to sleep.