|- The murky waters of Thunder Island. Photograph by Ronny Salerno.|
Let's pretend it's the summer of 1993. In the rear view mirror, the Indianapolis skyline centered by the recently completed Bank One Center disappears as the car trudges down US 31. Baltimora's re-released 80s single 'Tarzan Boy' is blasting from the radio as the automobile hooks a left into the parking lot of Thunder Island. Finally, he made it to the local water park - this is the life that 'Saved By the Bell' portrayed. Girls in 'Bay Watch' style bikinis, amusement park junk food and oiled up dudes braving the water slides. It's a summer he recalls fondly, this hypothetical man in a stereotypical and fictional narrative of 90s nostalgia. The memories stick with him as he peers out of the window by his office cubicle, gazing across the highway towards the woods that now hide the remains of those radical summers. Twenty years older, the office is where he spends his summers now. As he puts the memories away and returns to his desk, a car pulls into the office lot. Not new clients or potential sales, but two people in search of the same water park - two explorers from Cincinnati.