Linda Ducharme fell in love with her husband Bruce 30 years ago at a carnival in 1982. He was a towering figure that every young woman wanted to ride. For Ducharme, her passion was more than just a passing fancy. The Ferris wheel, which then went by the stage name "Skydiver," made her feel something she had never experienced.
“I got this weird feeling I can’t explain," she said of her first encounter with Bruce. "My heart was pounding as we went up the platform and got on the ride. I felt like I was being taken by this ride."
Ducharme has a fetish known as objectum sexual or animism, in which a person develops a sexual connection with an inanimate object. Often these obsessions focus on large, imposing structures or machines like bridges, monuments, or cars.
As so often happens with young love, Bruce moved on to a different city and the two fell out of touch. While Bruce toured the country, charming thousands of young people, Ducharme had some fun of her own. She fell in love with an airplane and had an affair with a train.
Recently, Ducharme's friend used the powers of the Internet to find Bruce. Ducharme drove 3,000 miles to connect with her long lost lover. Despite lying disassembled and rusting in a field, Ducharme still recognized Bruce, and still felt the same attraction to him. She even brought him pizza to remind him of his years at the carnival and the pair shared a few intimate moments.
Bruce was relocated to a field outside Ducharme's home in Florida. Ducharme's goal is to have Bruce fully restored so that the two can retire to a quiet piece of land and enjoy their golden years together.
In a television documentary for the LOGO show What!?, Ducahrme had her marriage vows to Bruce renewed. The man who presided over the ceremony claimed he had recently renounced his priesthood because the church didn't condone objectum sexuality. This was a problem for the young priest, as his sound system was his life partner.