For the feel-good story a few evenings ago, NBC Nightly News visited a few backyard roller coasters.

But the technocratic impulse dies hard, and sure enough, seventy-five seconds in, there's a brief clip of an unoccupied car leaving the rails and the obligatory whingeing about the absence of regulation.  As if daddy or grandpa are going to leave their kids or grandkids at risk of injury to save a few bucks.

The youngsters featured in the clip have the right idea.  Relatively little waiting for the roller coaster, and none of the annoying commercials the big amusement parks have taken to playing to placate the herds queuing for their ride.

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