Anyone Remember the old days?

Thursday, April 14, 2005 3:47 PM
I remember I stumbled upon this site looking for apollos chariot construction pics, and I found some. I've visited about a thousand times since and only started posting probably a couple of months ago. Brings back memories.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 3:50 PM
Here's something funny: When I applied to the job I currently have almost seven years ago, I included on my resume, under "other experience," some trip reports I had written for World of Coasters.

Here I thought the site was some exclusive place that only accepted certain trip reports. What a dork.

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Thursday, April 14, 2005 4:15 PM
Like Carly says... "These are the good old days."
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:51 PM
What makes you think Kennywood wont ever get a Giga? I mean sure, its unlikely within the next 10 years, but long term, if they expand their land, I sure as heck wouldnt rule it out.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:58 PM
As yes the good old days when you didn't have to me a member to keep track of your coasters.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:59 PM

Mamoosh said:
Giga more realistic for Kennywood? BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

HEY!

We can build any damn thing we want... just don't wanna show off, that's all. :)

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Friday, April 15, 2005 1:10 PM
But would it still count as a giga- if it was only 120 feet up and 300 down?
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Friday, April 15, 2005 3:02 PM
I remember the old days...

We didn't have all this new fangled stuff like "spreadsheets" to keep track of our track record.... We had to chisle a notch into a stone tablet for every coaster we rode...

Why back in the old days, we didn't ride up to the top of the lift hill... we climbed up, hand over hand hand until our palms were all splintered... then we just sat down, pulled our knees up to our chests, ducked our head into our chest and just rolled on down until we hit the bottom and fell off the side... SPLAT! That was our "trim breaks"...

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Friday, April 15, 2005 3:41 PM
SLFAKE - at least you had tracks. Back in my day, we would drive 11 hours one-way to get to the amusement park, which was just a vacant lot, and then we'd crouch in the dirt for hours, waiting for a strong gust of wind to blow us over. If we were lucky, we fell on a shard of glass.

One year the park built a log flume, which was a mud puddle - and damned if that wasn't the best summer of my life.

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Friday, April 15, 2005 3:51 PM
Sounds like SFOB--- Six Flags Over Bedrock.
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Friday, April 15, 2005 3:55 PM
Den - Well... you think that was bad... We would go up to the 3rd floor of the General Store, tie ourselves to a dinner table chair, then lean over backward until we fell out of a window to the ground... First generation free fall....

Things really got exciting when they ran that new e-lec-tricity to town and old widow Smiley got her new state of the art e-lec-tric washing machine... big enough to sit in. First Rotor in the country.

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Friday, April 15, 2005 4:31 PM
You're lucky! When we wanted to ride a freefall, we had to dig a hole in the ground first to fall into. And if we wanted to ride a spinning ride, we had to strap ourselves to the tires of a passing car - sometimes they would even slow down for us.
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Friday, April 15, 2005 4:33 PM
Those first-generation freefalls sure didn't *evolve* very much over time...;)
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Friday, April 15, 2005 4:44 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
I'd bet it wasn't too far off as far as the "standard" for the time.
*** Edited 4/14/2005 4:47:00 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

How dare you insult the great webmaster. I'm sure that it greatly exceeded the "standard" of the time. ;-)

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Friday, April 15, 2005 4:52 PM
We'd run back and forth between two older kids, who'd grab us by the arm, swing us around, and send us back in the opposite direction-- Neighborhood Whip.
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Friday, April 15, 2005 5:29 PM
Instead of Dippin' Dots, we had to eat gravel and rabbit pellets.
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Friday, April 15, 2005 10:38 PM
Dippin' Dots haven't changed much either...;)

Those things are godawful, LOL, rather eat sand, like Meatwad...and the Shorteez...;)

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Friday, April 15, 2005 11:20 PM
I've never paid for them, only had them at IAAPA. For free they're not so bad, but I can't see shelling out $4 for them when I can get real ice cream, more than I can eat, at most parks.
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Friday, April 15, 2005 11:24 PM
So are the rabbit pellets, errr, I mean Dippin Dots still the ice cream of the future or have they finally hit the history column. :)

Never understood the hype over them. Put Ben & Jerry's ice cream in every park and I will be a happy camper.

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Friday, April 15, 2005 11:28 PM
At $4+ a pop, they're definitely priced for the future.
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