theater in the merry-go-round
Watching a play in the 1920s merry-go-round of the Santa Monica Pier has to be one of the most uniquely wonderful theater experiences in Los Angeles. The painted horses and carnival architecture immediately inspire viewers to be transported to another world.
Pete’s minor injuries from the accident linger as a ringing in his ears. He becomes increasingly dependent on alcohol. His date with his high school crush goes nowhere. In contrast, Robbie’s injuries heal quickly. He outgrows his youthful drinking. He becomes so popular with the girls that he takes three dates to the prom.
"I thought you really had it together, Pete. You spoke as though you had all wisdom, and I bought every word of it. You had the guts to leave everything behind. To do things your own way."
By going into the Air Force, Robbie demonstrated that he had the guts to fight for the life he wanted.