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Some Ups And Downs But Their Love Is Stronger Than Steel

November 20, 2013

It’s sad when you read stories about people being taken for a ride.  But if this story is legit, this would be a happy event.  A woman named Linda Ducharme in Florida (and this stuff always takes place in Florida which makes me think what is wrong with that state?) has signed up for being taken for a so-called ride with her new husband and  love of her life Bruce, who just happens to be a ferris wheel.  I’m not talking ferris wheel in a symbolic or metaphoric sort of way. I am talking ferris wheel in the amusement park and carnival sort of way. Yep, she even got a priest to do the ceremony.  For those keeping score, the priest has since resigned from the Catholic Church and has become an independent operator because his diocese frowned upon the steel ride-crazy human nuptials. So much for equal rights?

Anyway, Bruce and his bride are now wed and they are spinning with happiness.  I want to say I understand this love story, but…I don’t.  It’s not that I am a ferris wheel-human being bigot; I just don’t trust this chick. She has known Bruce for 30 years, but along the way she turned her back on her man of steel and found romance elsewhere specifically with an airplane (that love match crash landed quickly after takeoff) and a train. When the train tryst fell off the track, she returned to Bruce.  In her defense, Linda has witnessed her relationship with Bruce spin out of control. Badly damaged in a storm, Bruce had to be shipped to Wichita for repairs and even now, she stands by his side hoping and praying he becomes the strong wheel she fell in love with.

How did Linda know she loved Bruce?  Well, she said that when she first met him, she got a weird feeling. Her heart pounded and she felt as if her stomach was doing cartwheels as she went up on the platform to get on the ride. She surmised she it was love. Now if it were me, I would have assumed I was panicking from a fear of heights or the knowledge that I scarfed down too many corn dogs—but I guess love is possible.

Well, the two are happy and if you want to send a gift to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ferris, they are registered at Barnum and Bailey’s or Six Flags.  Okay, that part I made up.

Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books ( As "den mother" to the more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors, Cavanagh's goal is to allow creativity to flow. She is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine and USA Today. She teaches the how-to lessons of humor and publishing at conferences and workshops throughout the country including The Philadelphia Writers' Conference and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. The author of four humor books, Cavanagh hopes her latest book, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans, will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.

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15 Responses to Some Ups And Downs But Their Love Is Stronger Than Steel

  1. Deb Martin-Webster
    November 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    They say love makes the world go round especially if you’re married to a ferris wheel!

  2. November 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Some women are just attracted to fame, so it’s understandable that she wanted to marry a Big Wheel!

    • November 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Always so good with the puns Mike!

  3. November 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    What exactly would be the phalic mechanism on the, er, Bruce?

    Never mind. I can’t believe I even inquired about this.

    • November 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      I see your imagination might have kicked in there LB!

  4. Bill Y Ledden
    November 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    One of these day’s, the romantic endeavours of Bruce and Linda will come full circle and only then will we hopefully see the movie!

  5. November 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    And nine months from now … a little kiddie ride.

  6. November 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Far better than a shotgun wedding, say I.

    • November 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      I wonder if she ever says, “Why can’t I be the one on top?”

  7. Forrest Brakeman
    November 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Oh good Lord. By her definition of love, apparently I should have married the high dive at the community pool, Mrs. Atwood’s final exam in History, and the night before a really hard job.

    But he is kinda cute.

    • Kathy Minicozzi
      November 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

      And I should have married the theaters I performed in. The only catch is an old one — a performer’s life. I would have had frequent divorces and remarriages.

      Oh well …

    • November 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Think of the many mates we all might have had!

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