Monday, November 24, 2008

Friendly Encounters

This is another in a series of meetings of my friends and celebs.

Today, it's my pal Jake again. Last year, Jake met the giant troll at the Bailey's Landing gift shop in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Wisconsin Dells is the self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World". This area has grown since I was a kid, when Tommy Bartlett's water show was the big attraction. Now the Dells has everything, including a casino!
I have done extensive research and cannot find a name for the giant troll. In the age of marketing and merchandising, I am quite surprised that he remains nameless, with very little in the way of historical info. I'd think there would be everything from bobbleheads to face masks.
The troll splits his time between sleeping (snoring), singing classic tunes (like "As Time Goes By") and making snide remarks to visitors. Despite his namelessness, the troll is a popular attraction.

The troll is lucky Jake visited last year, because young Jake has grown about a foot since then and his appetite has grown proportionally. The troll might have been lunch for Jake!
Jake and the Bailey's Landing troll in Wisconsin Dells, WI-Summer 2007.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was not expecting this. Really surprised me. However, I totally disagree with you. This creature is known, some say infamously known, as the Bailey's Landing Troll! Why can't you just accept that! I can't wait to show the Big Guy when I get home!