There wasn’t a lot to do in Kansas in the 1970s, so I always looked forward to the semi-annual trip to ‘Worlds Of Fun’, the theme park just outside Kansas City.  In those days, the centerpiece of the park was The Orient Express, a steel roller-coaster with a wicked boomerang curve.  Though I once got up the courage to queue up for the thing, I chickened out at the last minute, and never rode the legendary ride in its heyday, and since the entire ride was torn down and sold for scrap in 2003, I probably never will.  (Only probably, because time travel is always a possibility that can’t be ruled out.)  It’s one of my minor regrets, pop culturally speaking, right up there with not seeing George Carlin live and never having a torrid makeout session with a young Diana Rigg, which leads us into today’s wistful query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually had a chance to see George a few years before he passed away but couldn’t part with the ticket price, something I still consider myself a real idiot for, asking:  What are your biggest pop-culture-related minor regrets?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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