A Day in Starfish Hell
The Washington Post sent a travel writer to spend a day as Patrick, the cross-eyed starfish sidekick of Spongebob at a Richmond theme park. Meaning he had to dress up in a ridiculous five-armed hot pink, sweltering outfit to see "what's behind the fences and landscaped sets." :
I'm not allowed to talk in here, so I can't tell this 6-year-old to lay off. I scan around for help, but inside my suit it's dark and hot. I check my key-chain thermometer: 102 degrees. My plastic starfish eyes are fogged. It feels as if someone -- maybe SpongeBob, who is gyrating next to me -- has sucked the oxygen out of my suit.
It gets better. He gets wedged in a doorway and then practically lands on one of the 7,500 kids trying to hug him.
· Being Patrick: A Day in the Life of a Theme Park Starfish [The Washington Post]