Posted on February 15, 2012
Retro Reaction #4 Seaside ReAction
Today’s Retro Reaction is a little different. I wont be reviewing a game system or a childhood movie. This Reaction deals with a place. A place in Skegness, Butlins to be exact. Most of us have a Butlins, a place we visited in childhood and returned to later.
It’s not objective but it is a true account of a very real retro reaction.
I notice the outline of a fading gold painted star on the floor. Then the childhood memories begin to flood back in. It’s undeniable, I am having a Retro Reaction.
I’m looking at the same star at Funcoast world on a day so hot the sun is burning my bare feet. My Mother is sunbathing by the outdoor pool. Above my head is the sound of a monorail train heading to the next stop. The food court smells drift over to the bathing area.
In 1994 there wasn’t a holiday like Butlins. The freedom to roam the place guided by the “cool” Redcoats. The endless requests of “another pound” to my Parents. I think i got my first taste of freedom at that very park in Skegness.
The outdoor pool is drained and in a state of disrepair. The brochure says it reopens in July but i highly doubt it. It’s down for renovation next year. Another part of my childhood gone, altered beyond recognition. In 1994 I would have loved to be a redcoat. Now I couldn’t think of any fate worse. The holiday still represents good value. It cost £40 each for the week. Though that dancing bear loves his money and inevitably like 1994 the dancing bear took all my money.
Does Travel Broaden The Mind?
It’s a common enough saying. But does waiting in an airport for 2 hours both ways and the un-comforting feeling of a country you’re not familiar with along with the prospect of being touched up by customs really broaden the mind? Sometimes Skegness is a “better the devil you know” break. After check in its pretty much up to me how much or how little i do.
A difficult reaction. Butlins in 1994 was like discovering a new playground. Returning to it is like returning to that playground. That’s not entirely negative there is comfort in what you know.
It will never be quite the same as 1994. But that won’t stop me returning. Despite this old analyst’s rule of never crossing his own timeline.
Why never cross a timeline?
Because as stated it won’t ever be 1994 again and who am i to mess with the rules of time travel?
Untill Next Time
Have a great Dayyyy