Carowinds 8/17/18 - No Obscene Gestures Permitted

Monday, December 31, 2018 11:50 AM

What? She just wanted a photo. 10 rides on Kumba is more than I could handle, yet I'm still a full fledged coastertool.

If I ever recognize Bobbie at a park, I'm going to sit next to her without her knowing me, and then on the lift hill tell her that it's going to cost her $10 for me to keep my middle finger down! Easiest funnel cake I'll ever get.

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Monday, December 31, 2018 7:01 PM

How many posts have you read by Bobbi that had a positive outlook or outcome?

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Monday, December 31, 2018 11:22 PM

More than Timber Rider. Or coast/JustCoasting on Pointbuzz.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 3:36 AM

Well, one or two is more than zero. But it’s not a significant amount.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:58 AM

Bobbie said:

Why do people do this?

Seems you answered your own question...

Again, the culprit was a teenage boy.

Last edited by Vater, Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:25 PM

Well, here's something positive: I had a fabulous time at BGT!!! Despite feeling dizzy after Kumba I managed to regroup and survive two rides on Falcon's Fury plus one on Cheetah Hunt. (This was after Montu, Cobra's Curse, Sheikra & Scorpion.) As to Cheetah Hunt, that was the 2nd time something untoward happened. And this is not a complaint but a recounting of what happened. I was waiting in row 8 behind several other people, including a mother and her 3 kids. Two boys were next in line for row 7. When the air gates opened the mother hustled 2 of her kids into the seats in row 7, preempting the boys whose turn it was, and took a seat in row 8 with the remaining kid. A guy waiting for row 7 yelled "Lady, you've got to be kidding!" Several other people who'd witnessed this told the ride op exactly what happened. He did say something to the woman but didn't make her or her kids get off the train. I don't know why, as this was a clear infraction of park policy. Maybe he didn't want to have to unlock the restraints and hold things up or maybe he didn't want a scene. We'll never know.

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Friday, January 4, 2019 10:51 AM

Forgive me for jumping in, but I find this impression of Bobbie's attitude a little weird. I've never thought of her as negative, and I looked back at a few trip reports like this one and this one and this one, to pick three of her four latest (I skipped the one where she got stuck on Firehawk for hours as non-representative). They certainly read like someone who enjoys this hobby to me. Or maybe you have a different impression of "I don't think I've ever experienced anything as thrilling and exhilarating as riding Boulder Dash in the dark! What suspense and glorious airtime! ... Still in excruciating pain ... But I don't regret a moment of it."

I mean, Bobbie calls 'em like she sees 'em; she sees ruining other people's photos as sucky (and I tend to agree). She doesn't like blazing Texas heat and getting stuck hanging from below a track for long periods of time. That seems fair. I'm glad people feel this is a place where they can express their likes and dislikes freely.

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Friday, January 4, 2019 12:43 PM

I happen to know Bobbie, I’ve run into her a couple of times and I think she’s a great gal. She’s taken to this hobby “late” in life, she and I are around the same age, and I find it rather refreshing that a lot of her park visits are from the perspective of a newbie. She’s finding her way around the world’s amusement parks the way many of us did decades ago.

Not to say that her adventures aren’t full of foibles. I’m frequently amused by how honest she is about the many disasters that always somehow seem to find her. I’ve referred to her as the Calamity Jane of CBuzz, but that’s nothing I wouldn’t (or haven’t) said to her face. And to be honest, we’ve all had our share of rotten park visits- maybe the rest of us aren’t always as forthcoming about it.

Shes a writer/blogger, and she takes that work seriously. She’s good at it, she’s honest, and I find her style and her opinions frequently line up with mine. At any rate, she not afraid to report the good along side the bad. She’s faced with certain challenges that sometimes make travel expensive or at the very least inconvenient, but she gets out there and does it anyway. I believe that’s due to her love for the hobby and her commitment to her assignments. After all, we all know plenty of coaster tools who are adamant in their opinions despite the fact they never step away from their screen.

She’s also part of an under-represented female population here at the sausage festival, and I appreciate her commitment to us in spite of the cheers or jeers that may come her way.

If I could just get her to give me a heads up when she comes to Ohio.... I’d even pick her up at the damn airport, lol.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019 1:42 PM

Honestly Bobbi will just never live down paying to fly out to go ride a ride opening day that wasn’t ready and the thread surrounding it. It’s like CPNut and pankakes.

But she kinda lives up to the caricature.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:19 PM

Bobbie1951 said:

Well, here's something positive: I had a fabulous time at BGT!!! ...Several other people who'd witnessed this told the ride op exactly what happened. He did say something to the woman but didn't make her or her kids get off the train. I don't know why, as this was a clear infraction of park policy. Maybe he didn't want to have to unlock the restraints and hold things up or maybe he didn't want a scene. We'll never know.

Hey I just went to BGT for the first time today! That place is absolutely beautiful and even with Kumba down it’s a pretty good lineup of rides. Scorpion probably my favorite, like if I could pick one up and transplant it back to california it would be that one. I can also attest to the laziness of ops actually confronting people. I just about got into a fight w some linecutter at Knotts and the op just stood there watching. I moreso blame the people around me not speaking up, too. Evil only exists because decent people allow it to.

Last edited by Coasterkeen, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:33 PM
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:23 PM

To the original Carowinds report, I’d confirm that Nighthawk made me feel sick as a dog, and that rarely happens. It was so incredibly bad that I skipped Firehawk when I was at KI a few months later, so now I’ve missed that credit forever and I really don’t even regret it, lol.

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