Tonight we relived that scene from Tron when Beau Bridges celebrates July 4 on a Ferris Wheel with post-war profiteer Alan Rickman, who comments, “Would you really feel any pity if any of those dots stopped moving forever?” Then Bridges kills him with an electric Frisbee.
Tbilisi’s Ferris/Devil’s Wheel is a relatively impressive 260-feet high. It looks big, takes 20 minutes to complete a full rotation, and feels big. But it’s still only the 26th tallest ever built, less than half the height of the current title holder, the Singapore Flyer, and what I find most disappointing is that #25 is the original Ferris Wheel built in 1893, which stood two feet higher.
In any case, it’s still the tallest in Western Tbilisi. Okay, fine, Eastern Europe. And it’s where a gaggle of expats decided to spend July 4 this year. For about $3.50 you can enjoy a compartment with a television set and four of your closest friends. Or you could try to sneak in with a young Georgian couple and watch them make out.