Coaster Shirt Conversations

Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:26 AM
I got into a couple of coaster conversations because I was wearing a coaster shirt. Some of them got heated. The best one was yestureday when I guy was talking to me about my X shirt and the coaster. When he said, "West coast coaster are better than east coast coasters.", I have to get defensive. After about a half hour, we settled on them being equal.
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:54 AM

Equal??? What on the west coast compares to AC, Nitro, or any of the S:RoS's?

Anyway, that was completely off topic. At SFNE a month or two ago I saw a guy wearing an Expedition GeForce shirt, so I asked him how it compared to S:RoS. Turns out he was from Germany and was going for a lot of the big name parks in the US. Driving from NE through PA out to Ohio and Chicago. I gave him some tips for CP and Dorney etc. and told him to get to Kennywood if he could. He gave me a little insite into the European parks (if I can ever get my butt out there). We rode together for about an hour and a half.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 8:29 AM
Well the west coast has X, Riddler, Golioth, Xcelerator, and Superman Krypton coaster. But then again, We (east) have Nitro, S.o.f.S, Hulk, and Dueling Dragons.
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:10 AM
I can see this thread getting way off topic.

Why do people feel that there is the imaginary line down the middle of the US and their side is better. Who cares!

And no, I have never had a conversation with anyone for wearing a coaster shirt because I do not wear coaster shirts.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:43 AM

As far as coaster shirts spawning conversations, yep, I'va had more than a few. The most recent was the funniest, though.

I was wearing a polo type shirt with a Six Flags logo on it and the cashier for the store I was at (not at a park)immediately must have thought I was in management (or something along those lines) and started asking me if the rumors were true that SFGAm was going to close and be torn down because she heard that SF is in deep debt. I told her that that rumor was false and even if they were going bankrupt, she could rest assured that a park like SFGAm would be sold and very unlikely to be razed.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:57 AM
lol redman822. You should have added a little b.s. yourself and told her that SF was going under and that Marriott was considering buying the park back.:)

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 11:03 AM

ApolloAndy said:

At SFNE a month or two ago I saw a guy wearing an Expedition GeForce shirt, so I asked him how it compared to S:RoS. Turns out he was from Germany and was going for a lot of the big name parks in the US.



This is too weird. About a month or two ago my wife checked a guest into her hotel. He had a coaster shirt on (which one escapes me at the moment) and my wife made conversation. Turns out he was from Germany and was on a coaster tour in the U.S. - I'd be willing to bet it was the same guy. He was in town for Dorney.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 11:11 AM
Because of my Legend shirt, I met Jeff Seibert (I think that's his name), the head of marketing at PKI. We chatted for about 15 minutes about stuff. That was pretty cool.
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 1:02 PM
i wear shirts all the time to parks. always shirts not from the park i am at. i like to talk about coasters but usually no one sparks conversation. i do most of the time when i see a coaster shirt but i dont really get people talking to me. maybe its because of my age(19) that people think i dont know anything about coasters
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:26 PM

James K said:
"Why do people feel that there is the imaginary line down the middle of the US and their side is better. Who cares!"

1) A: The "line" is not imaginary. It's a little thing called the Mississippi River
B: Because people always will have favorites about something. Hometown pride is a great thing!
2) The people who talk about it care. If you do not, you are free to talk about something else. Who cares about silly rollercoasters? (I rest my case..)

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:45 PM

I get a lot of people asking me about Coney Island when I wear my CI Cyclone shirt to CP or SFWoA.

1EyedJack

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 8:03 PM
I usually wear my S:UE shirt to Cedar Point and I get lots of comments. Most people ask if it really is that good because you all know they have WT now and S:UE only has "one twist" so I guess I'm looked down upon for having that shirt on there. I have had some interesting convos though. Maybe I need a new WT shirt...
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:36 PM

All the time. Comments on my X , Timbers, Superman Ultimate Flight, Legend, Phantom etc shirts.

The conversations usually consist of "where is that?" or "is that better then such and such a coaster?" or if it's an enthusiass or enthusiast whichever the case may be, it can really get drawn out.

For example of the Enthusiass commemt I Got in a 20 minute argumane about how I should not have an X shirt since I never rode it. Simple explanation was my brother got it for me when he was able to go to the Mountain this spring. Of course he didn't get to ride it either as he stood in line for 2 hours and it broke.Anyway the guy proceeded to ***** about it for 20 minutes. this was in line for Sonny earlier this year.

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Monday, August 5, 2002 8:55 AM

At SDC I was wearing my SRM 2001 shirt and two hot girls asked me about it. Then they asked to ride with me :)

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Monday, August 5, 2002 9:00 AM

At Great Adventure I got about 30 questions involving my X shirt. Even the park employees where asking my questions like was it fun and stuff. The funniest part is when people ask "Where did you get that and far is the stand from here."

Response: "About 2700miles from here."

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Monday, August 5, 2002 9:11 AM
I'm not really into wearing coaster shirts. I think it's a little too much (but that's just my opinion). I do collect shot glasses of every coaster I've been on.

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Monday, August 5, 2002 9:34 AM
Yea, my favorite question is when I am not at a park and someone asks "Have you been on that?" and then go on to tell me how great a ride it is
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Monday, August 5, 2002 9:45 AM

Lord Gonchar said:

ApolloAndy said:

At SFNE a month or two ago I saw a guy wearing an Expedition GeForce shirt, so I asked him how it compared to S:RoS. Turns out he was from Germany and was going for a lot of the big name parks in the US.



This is too weird. About a month or two ago my wife checked a guest into her hotel. He had a coaster shirt on (which one escapes me at the moment) and my wife made conversation. Turns out he was from Germany and was on a coaster tour in the U.S. - I'd be willing to bet it was the same guy. He was in town for Dorney.

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Yeah. He told me he was going to head through PA next on his way to CP and SFGAm. His name was Mohammed I think.


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Monday, August 5, 2002 10:35 AM

I think coaster shirts are a double edged sword. I've had a few good conversations, but over all I find them to be the equavalent of a flashing neon sign that attracts coaster snobs and technical geeks that says.

Example... Earlier this year I was at SFA wearing my "Fear the Four" shirt from BGW. A man in line for Superman started up a conversation. He asked me which coaster I liked the most at BGW. Being the honest fellow that I am, I told him that I really liked all of them, but my fav was Apollo's Chariot. He then proceded to tell me just how wrong I was... how wrong I was about Apollo's Chariot because of course Alpengeist is just so much superior and also how Big Bad Wolf is no good... too slow, too boring and should be removed for something better. He also informed me that S:RoS that we were waiting for was a much better coaster than Apollo's Chariot, and then went into a very lengthy debate on how Mellinium Force was better than all of them put together and that I wasn't really qualified to talk about any coaster since I had not yet ridden it and the repeated that assertion when he found out I was not an ACE member.

My part in the conversation was simply saying "I liked them all, but I think Apollo's Chariot was my favorite." and responding "No" when he asked me if I ever rode M.Force and "No" when he asked me if I was an ACE member.

I was never so glad to board the train and have it pull out of the station and leaving him standing there. Of course, they were only running one train so when I returned, he was still standing there and started talking again! This time I simply got out of the seat and walked to the exit.

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 8/5/2002. ***

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Monday, August 5, 2002 10:48 AM
wouldn't have met joey isch at DW if I hadn't had my Legend shirt on....;)
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