All alone at SRM?

Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:32 AM
Hey Folks,
I've never attended an enthusiast event before, I'm dying to get to HolidayWorld, and think SRM sounds like barrels of fun. Here's my dilemma... I'd take my wife to HolidayWorld, but she is not a coaster fan by any stretch (She would ride the Howler if they'd let her) and I don't have any friends crazy enough to make the trip with me Do I drag my wife all the way from Chicago to Santa Claus with me some other weekend or do I go to SRM alone? I wouldn't bring her for SRM because while I was doing ERT she'd be sitting in the hotel room reading (which would induce feelings of guilt), but If we go some other time she'd really just be there for my sake and not her own.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:35 AM
TD - you might not arrive with anyone you know but unless you're *really* shy you'll make a ton of friends during ERT. Just be friendly and introduce yourself ;)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:36 AM
Come to SRM. You can make friends will all kinds of weirdos like myself, and nasai :)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:51 AM
I agree that you should come to SRM and have a fabulous time, but...

if you decide not to, I would bet that your wife could still have a fun day at Holiday World. The water park is excellent, the shows are delightful, and the gift shops have all kinds of super cute stuff. Even the Lincoln mini-museum is fun.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:55 AM
I've attended a couple events sans husband and had a great time. Coaster people are very friendly, even to older ladies like me. As Moosh says, you may arrive alone, but you won't lack for people to "hang" with.

BTW, my husband attended Coasterbuzz Con at PKI with me last year. Although he sat out while I rode most of the coasters in the morning, once he met some "Buzzers" at lunch, he got into the swing of things and had a great time. A good enough time to offer to attend SRM with me this year.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 10:58 AM
Dawn: Are you coming to SRM? Be careful and condiser disguising yourself! There aren't many females at coaster events, and you don't want to be stalked by some of the people! (Heck, even Jeff has stalkers!)

I'm going to try to make it this year....after all, my parents live not far from Champaign and it would be a nice excuse to visit them! Not teribly far from Santa Claus...

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- "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:03 AM
Ha ha, a disguise. Imagine DM pulling her curls into a tight bun and wearing a huge pair of 'incognito' sunglasses.

Gee...makes me almost wish I could get stalked sometime. With my luck, it would probably turn out to be a dude. Yikes.

-'Playa
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:05 AM
I went to my first SRM alone. Well, sortof -- I arrived earlier than Jeremy, but he joined me later on for the festivities.

Still, events can be quite fun even if you're flying solo.

And yes, they'd let your wife ride Howler :)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:05 AM
I will be attending. I will also probably be going alone. Would anyone out there hang out with someone who is 14?
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:06 AM
Got through 3 coaster events 'stalker-free' last year...I should be OK. :)

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UpsideDawnGrrl

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:08 AM
I dunno, SFgadv,

You see the flack Michael Jackson takes for hanging out with kids.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:09 AM

Bring your wife. My wife is not a coaster enthusiast, and she had a blast last year.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:10 AM
Nasai has been threatening to stay in the same hotel as us.

As 'gator would say... *shudder*

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:14 AM
Could be worse, Jeff...he could be threatening to stay in the same *room* as you ;)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:15 AM
TD- I won't be in your bed;)
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:16 AM
So Mark, what does your wife do during ERT? Does she hang out at the park?
Normally mine is a good sport and waits in line with me, then crosses the train to the exit. No way she'd do that all night, though.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:24 AM
TD - there are lots of people taking breaks from riding and hanging out near the stations. I know Robert Ulrich's wife attends and doesn't ride, and Paula & Pat are usually hanging around, too.

Santa's Lodge has suites with whirlpools...maybe she'll want to stay back at the room and have a nice, quiet relaxing evening? You could even buy her some candles and bath scents ;)

Moosh

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:29 AM
My wife isn't much of a coaster fan(atic) but she went along last year when she couldn't ride ANYTHING (she was pregnant).

She enjoyed herself so much, she said she wanted to go this year - go figure!

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:33 AM
Redman's story is not unusual. Same thing happened to Carrie Drabek, too.

There is something in the air during those events. Its hard to explain...sort of an "electric universal vibe." It doesn't surprise me that even those who attend and don't ride have fun.

Moosh - wishing he was going this year

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 11:34 AM

She rides Legend and Raven all night :) She normally hates wooden coasters, but she loves those two.
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