the past 10 days ive been on a trip out to the midwest, and it encompassed SRM, Coastermania, and BeastBuzz. these are my first real enthusiast events that ive been to, save PPP and a GOCC event last fall. I believe that aside from friendship, our most common bond as a community is our love for coasters and their respective parks. but ive noticed something amongst some members of our community...and that is a selfish, self centered attitude when it comes to enthusiast events.
three examples...heres the first one....At Beastbuzz saturday, after our second consecutive ride on the Beast, which was our fourth ride of the night, we were all getting off the train, i actually heard someone say very loudly "thats it?? this sucks!!"...and they said it within earshot of Jeff Seibert, PKI's PR director, who bent over backwords to cater to our group that day. i also heard some others talk about how dissapointed they were that we only got a couple rides on the four rides we ERT'd on that night.....
second example.....at Coastermania, sadly as most of us know, Dragster was down due to technical difficulties. now i confess, i was very disapointed, as i came a great distance to ride it...but hey, poo happens...but there were some people that i over heard who would not stop whining about it. even after the fact that CP opened MF for evening ERT (which means that MF ran for nearly 20 hours), and opened Disaster Transport, and Gemini. not to mention, handing out exit passes for TTD AND another attraction.....
third example, and this one is a whammy....Sat night of Stark Raven Mad. we all know what tragically happened that night. now i HOPE and PRAY that this is just a rumor, but i overheard that after Pat Koch canceled the ERT for sat night, someone actually complained and tried to get a refund....i tell ya, if that is true, then shame on that person.
its all a matter of respect guys. when we go to a park, and they offer us an event, and give us ERT and food and all that, no matter how much we payed for it, we should be thankful, not selfish. im sure that this post doesnt apply to most of you at all, its just something that ive observed, and something that i felt i needed to share with you all. It is in no way directed at anyone person, hence i didnt mention any names.
let me encourage you...next time you attend an enthusiast event of any kind, and one of the park's representatives is there, please, no matter how lousy a time you might have had, go up to them and thank them for being so kind as to open up their park to you and your group. you never know how much you might be encouraging them, and/or just how much good you might be doing for the overall opinion of our community.
thanks for reading:)
Tim...who is stepping off his soap box now
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And of course, my feeling is that I'd much rather knock out a total of nine cycles on four different rides (which might have took six hours during the normal day) than sit on the same ride for an hour. The park kept four crews late for our sake... and the only acceptable response to that should be thanks.
I guess it just goes to the fact that some people go to events with the outlook of having fun no matter what, while others just go looking for things that go wrong.
Now, I admit, I put "TTD WAS DOWN FOR COASTERMANIA!!!!!!!" in my new signature, but the park really did make up for it. Big, free, lunch, with free taffy, and the "special boarding passes" that got me of MF in the front.
TTD WAS DOWN FOR COASTERMANIA!!!!!!!
I CAN'T MAKE A GOOD SIGNATURE!!!!!!!
Take SRM, $30 for the event.
20 something to get in (didn't look up the exact price)
2 all you can eat dinners
Almost 8 hours of ERT over 2 days
There were 4 ops on Legend, 2 or 3 on Raven, plus 1 for every other ride that was open. Add in their hourly wage and I just can't see how the park could make money off of it. If anything they're losing money.
Just don't let those with bad attitudes ruin it for the rest of us. The last 2 events I have been to I have met some of the best people. Most of whom are Coasterbuzz members. For that I thank everyone I have met over the past few weeks.If you have stayed away from events because of this, get out to the next one you can and enjoy yourself. You'll be glad you did!
Frank- who can't wait to see some fellow buzzers at Coaster Con next week
In my CD player: Centaur - In Streams
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Fu Manchu - California Crossing
--Ryan "Wishing I had Met Everyone at SRM."
I don't let anything ruin my trip to any park.
~*Grab the brass ring!*~
Surely you're joking.
Is that a Q-bot in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
I can understand being upset if a ride like TTD was down when you know you won't be returning for quite a few years, but I'm sure the other rides would more than make up for it.
After a nice session on Grizzly (PKD), Nightride's dad went up to the operating booth and shook the hand of the operator and said Thank You. I was amazed. That must've really made that person happy to see that someone appreciated their work so much, even when most people don't even really care about who is running it. But he took the time to say thanks. I really liked that.
I happen to be going with Nightride and his Dad for CC, and I'm betting that I'll have another similar experience, and have an excellent time. I'm looking forward to meeting more enthusiasts...and hopefully, not enthusiasses, as I've heard some of them be called before.
Free Falls on Drop Zone: 10!
Batwing Flights: 7!
Superman: Ride of Steel Airtime-age: 10!
There does seem to be the attitude of superiority and ungratefulness floating around among some enthusiasts. Coasters and parks are about fun, not complaining.
Stop and give yourself a reality check sometimes. I know I had to do it a few times this weekend. It really made it much more fun when I put everything in prospective.
Safety is everybody's responsibility.
During the tour while watching SoB, numerous Buzzers were saying "Ouch", "Ow", etc. and making insulting comments about SoB while we were watching it. I was disgusted that anyone would have the nerve to make these comments at that time; especially when Jeff and his staff were obviously going out of their way to make our day memorable.
I would hope these Buzzers will think twice about insulting our host the next time.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
by the way, thanks for all the comments guys....its awesome to know that there are those of us who still actually go simply for the FUN of riding coasters :)
"Happiness is the City of Hudson!!"
Michigan r0x0rs! :)
I saw a man ask for a refund at the gate when we were leaving Holiday World after that silent walk on Saturday night. And, of course, it was Holiday World, and the gate attendant gladly fulfilled his request.
And the complaining at CoasterMania got a bit thick a couple of times; enough that I had to keep some distance for certain people to keep myself from unloading on them.
That said, however, I think it's a relitivly small group that complains; most are just out having fun, doing what they like to do best.
Without the chaindog, you'd never get up the lifthill...
"Happiness is the City of Hudson!!"
Michigan r0x0rs! :)
If not for the close friends I've made, I would have lost interest in this hobby, and coasters would have had very little to do with it. My anger toward enthusiASSm has peaked with reports of how a few people acted after the HW tragedy and at Coastermania. I guess I should try to remember that it's quite a minority of enthusiasts who are out there actually doing things to give coaster enthusiasts a bad name, but still, one bad apple spoils the bunch (I know it's cliche, but hey, it applies!).
I put the "D" in DDR.
*** This post was edited by MooreOn 6/11/2003 12:38:08 AM ***
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