To get the ball of stupid babling rolling i will recap a great trip to SF Fiesta Texas, in which I was waiting in line for the Boomerang ( line was short) as I was in the station the gentlemoron in front of me waiting to get into the train pointed to the inside wheels of Vekomas track and said nicely to his about 15yo daughter, "See the wheels are on the inside, the train cant come off the tracks" for some reason this caught my attention and my other friends. I dont know why but I asked, " what do you mean it can fly off the tracks"( in an your stupid attitude) the answer kinda shocked me " Yea the coasters with the wheels outside of the track can fly off, you might not know but someone this year got killed on Superman (Krypton Coaster) this year when the train flew off." So I say " The park was opened when this happened?" , he replies " Yes" confidently. Being quick I came right back and said " SOOOO only one person was riding the ride when this happened, because isnt it unliky that one person gets killed on the train and everyone else lives, cause usually parks do not let the train out with one person." Of course this angered him, an 18yo questioning him, humph. So I go into my wallet and pulled out my ACE card, and it almost seemed like a drug bust. The guy actually knew what ACE was and said "OK MAYbe I kinda made that one up, sorry" and quickly turned around. ANOtHER STUPID PERSON BUSTED>
Please share your encounters for some humor to push us through the off season.
I guess I just don't feel the need to correct other people when I'm at a park. Enthusiasts are every bit as weird/annyoing/humourous as anyone else at a park- maybe even more so.
Oh sir, I appologize. I didn't realize you were an ACEr! I'm so very sorry. Please excuse me!
So I go into my wallet and pulled out my ACE card, and it almost seemed like a drug bust.
Wow. Just wow. I'm sad for you.
ANOtHER STUPID PERSON BUSTED>
You can say that again!
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So the dad taking his daughter to the park is the stupid one?
(I'm assuming you have that ACE card laminated, right?)
I'm done here.
I went to GL (when it was SFWoA). I was in line for X-FLight and this older dude behind me began.
"I rode this coaster like 200 times..." Not that I am questioning his crediablity... yet.
So then I start talking to him and he says that this was built by some coaster company he must have made up its was nothing near the word "Vekoma"... Then he began to tell me that Villian goes over 100 mph. And if you ride it in the rain it goes over over 200 mph! I knew perfectly well this was not true, so I just nodded and looked suspicous and eventually stoped the convo.
At Epcot, waiting for Mission Space (in July), woman waiting behind me says a 12 (which is 4) year flew off the ride because of the restraints failed. Thankfully I wasn't talking to her. But my god, how misinformed people are.
Its always fun to listen to those.
Also I was told that Titan at SFoT is the world's tallest! So I told the person it wasn't. And she quickly replied "when it opened". And so then I had to prove her wrong on RCDB. And I love being right. *** Edited 12/2/2005 6:17:29 AM UTC by Keith2005***
Seriously, I think one time someone we were with asked me how tall a coaster we were in line for was.
Other than that (and polite small talk at the CB events), I can't honestly think of another time I talked coasters...especially at the park.
I can't even imagine having the audacity to correct, debate or argue with the average schmoe, park going stanger over some trivial fact.
I'm actually quite the opposite. I enjoy eavesdropping on GP coaster talk in line. It's refreshing and gives much better insight into how people really see the parks and rides than any conversation with an enthusiast ever could.
Don't dis the GP, they're the ones that keep the industry alive...not us. :)
And besides, someone who visits once a year, exchanges tall tales, urban myths and half truths with friends in line while getting all psyched up for a ride is having infinitely more fun than the enthusiast who gets annoyed enough to correct them.
Speaking of ACE, I couldn't help but laugh at the recent ACE event at SFGAm and watching these people make asses of themselves. If I was a member of ACE, that card would never leave my wallet.
No disrespect to the ACER's here that don't make tools out of themselves. It's the bad apples that give that organization a bad name.
When I'm in line, I usually don't interfere in others conversations... nothing like a good urban legend to get people excited in the park! Its only when I notice the people are either really, really scared about it that I politely state some basic facts about coasters and basic, here you can see... technical stuff. Monstre waiting line is good for that, as you can litterally see the skid brakes so a quick explanation and they're all reassured and pumped for their ride! When asked about why I know that stuff, I just say "Internet helps and I've been on quite a few of them".
Listening is one thing, but correcting folks in private conversation? That tuns experts into annoyances.
Even though I am an enthusiest I'd never claim that I have all the knowledge. I'd think that you really have to bold to do something like that.
Oh man...my IT manager is going to be ticked off when he sees my keyboard has dried up coffee inside it.
If someone pulled out their ACE card in front of me my immediate reaction would likely be, "oh that explains those black socks with with sneakers and shorts."
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