The other day there was this giant robot in the Rise, just (ummmmm) west of the Park, with the front of it sort of embedded in some banlines, and I thought “Poor robot, I bet it is stuck in those banlines!’.
But, quite a few days later, it is still there!
And, stranger still, there is a person inside! A person named joey!
(joey is indicated by the red arrow in the picture above, in which we have turned off prim rendering in order to see him.)
Here is joey seen close-up:
Grey, isn’t he? Is he a prisoner? A passenger? Might he be the actual operator of the robot?
We sent him an IM, asking if he was there on purpose. Oddly, we got the “User is offline” message, even though he was right there at the time. Later, we got an offline reply from him, helpfully saying “who are you?”.
Here is a robot-centric view of the Rise, with helpful labels:
(1) is the new roadside extension of the Park, with Welcome sign.
(2) is some of the Park proper, visible over the ugly-built arcane-stuff store. (Just beyond the park and the Dreamliner is visible the ugly-built costume shop.)
(3) is the giant (spinning) robot, with joey inside.
(The robot wasn’t originally spinning, it was just hovering there. Then Violet an’ Michele an’ me went over and sat on it for awhile out of curiosity, and when we stood up it began spinning around. It’s been spinning ever since.)
But that’s not the weird thing! The weird thing is that, when just sitting around in the Rise, every once in awhile I see, out of the corner of my eye, a giant robot zoom past! I don’t know if it’s joey, or a ghost of joey, or perhaps some other giant robots, maybe relatives of joey, looking for him. (Although if they were looking for him you’d think they would have found him by now, him being rather hard to miss.)
And that’s very strange. So far I have not been able to snap any pictures of these zooming phantom giant robots, but I may someday! The Truth Is Out There!
In the meantime joey makes a scenic (if somewhat dizzying, with the spinning) place to watch the sunset…