CoasterBuzz Podcast #59 posted

Posted Monday, January 8, 2007 8:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff, Mike, Greg and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Checking ID's at Pleasure Island, and showing we have no idea what goes on there.
  • Disney promises a new Web site, and frankly the panel thinks they need it.
  • Wild West World is ahead of schedule. How cool is it that someone is actually building something new, and insists it will be profitable right away?
  • Valleyfair is ahead of schedule too.
  • Ohio legislature tries to back in a provision to exempt amusement park workers from minimum wage increase. We think the increase is silly in the first place.
  • Alton Towers named nasty in the food outlets.
  • Steel Pier gets another year of life, thanks to the Donald.
  • What motivates preservation? Are defunct coasters like paintings after the artist dies?

Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast

Monday, January 8, 2007 9:47 PM
Jeff we didn't vote a smoking ban into the constitution. The tobacco industry backed proposal that failed was a constitutional amendment. One of the positives for the issue that passed was that it was not enshrined in the constitution but was only a change in the revised code that would not require another vote of the public to change or amend.
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Monday, January 8, 2007 9:51 PM
FYI Jeff: During Easter week, BGE is open all week, and when I went on Good Friday, it was a great day, with moderate crowds.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 2:10 PM
I think the thing with the Piers is that some people are really into them just like some people are really into an amusement park like Cedar Point. They don't want Cedar Point to close anytime soon, and neither would a person always going to a boardwalk.

For me, I haven't been to any boardwalks, and I have looked at the rides at that boardwalk, and I don't see why they should preserve. If you interest in something like a Cedar Point, or even a restaurant, you are mad when it closes. If it's something close to you, you would care if it's closing. That's my explanation. I don't care if SFKK closes, but I do care if SFGAm, SFMM, or SFOG closes.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 2:16 PM
Steel Pier is no great loss. I've been there; it's like a travelling funfair, and a small one at that.

Real news can be found in the UK/Ireland from either national broadcaster; BBC or RTE. In the print media, The Irish Times and The Times would be the respectable works. The Record is, indeed, a broad approximation to the enquirer - complete with porn on page three.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 7:18 PM
Even though there isn't a ban on Trans Fats yet, there are a lot of nationwide corporations just making the decision to change it accross the board. It's probably easier than making 2 different kinds of everything with fat in it. Subway took the Trans Fats out of their cookies, and they taste very different. I used to love them, now there just ok.

Pat, "How many decisions will be made for you in the name of good, before you just don't make your own decisions anymore."

Isn't that a main plot theme in Demolition man. Salt is against the law. Swearing is against the law. No one shakes hands, kisses, or even has sex anymore. Babies are concieved in labratories. It is a funny movie, but a scary thought.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:51 AM
He doesn't know about the three seashells!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 2:54 AM
Oh yeah, forgot that one. Smoking in enclosed public spaces has been illegal here for a little over a year, and similar legislation is about to come in in England.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 1:46 PM
What happened to the "post podcast" banter?

Sometimes it can be the highlight . . ;)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 4:31 PM
That wasn't so much "post podcast banter" as it was out takes. So, perhaps Jeff and the Gang have gotten so good, there are no outtakes to put after the podcast. Just a thought.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 9:14 PM
I think it's more a combination of some things that used to be "outtakes" are now just going in the general podcast, the outtakes idea can get a bit old, and some of the stuff that doesn't make it REALLY isn't fit for public consumption, even as outtakes...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 10:57 PM
And there we have it. :)
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Thursday, January 11, 2007 9:53 AM
And I just don't have a lot of time for post production. :) It's a challenge to even get these things up on time!
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Thursday, January 11, 2007 4:02 PM
Hey, I am happy to have them to listen to. As you once pointed out a few months back, the extra stuff was just that. I think my favorite was the comments about microphones, phase shifters, and the "voice" that forever burned CoasterImage in my mind.

By the way, LG - do you make your wife call you Gonch? What about the kids and their friends? Billy, this is my dad. You can call him Lord Gonchor. I am laughing even as I type this.

*** This post was edited by CoasterDad64 1/11/2007 4:02:46 PM ***

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Thursday, January 11, 2007 5:07 PM

By the way, LG - do you make your wife call you Gonch?

Only when I'm really good. ;)

OK, so here's the hierarchy:

Blood family (mom, dad, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.) call me Patrick. That privledge ends there and it's creepy if anyone else does.

Longtime friends (those that might as well be family, my wife, her side of the family and such) call me Pat for the most part. Although I do have a couple of old buddies who use Gonch.

Recent friends and internet acquantances know me as Gonch for the most part. (although that time frame spans almost 10 years now)

In more formal or professional situations, I'm Pat.

My kids call me dad, but they are quite familiar with the idea that dad is Lord Gonchar. In fact, my daughter is nine and recently started needing screen names for internet sites and asked if she could use "Princess Gonchar" (how great is that? :) ) My immediate family (wife, kids, parents) all know that Pat is Lord Gonchar. I liken it to famous folks and their 'real life' and 'on stage' personas.

Lord Gonchar worked so much better before I went legit with things and toned down the look to 'classic dad' :) (Lord Gonchar went to BeastBuzz 04 with two chicks and a braided mohawk. Pat showed up last year with the wife and kids.)

As creepy and lame as it sounds, while there may be 98% overlap, Pat and Lord Gonchar don't share 100% of a persona. Depending on the situation, that difference may be more noticable.

When you come to a coaster event, you get Pat under the label of Gonch. (pretty much what you hear on the podcast) Although I do think the Lord Gonchar posts in the forums show a slightly different (more thought-out and confrontational) personality.

Ok, that was too much weird self-analysis. At the very least, I keep it interesting. Call me Sybill. :)

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Thursday, January 11, 2007 5:46 PM
Thanks Sybil - I mean Gonch. . .
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Friday, January 12, 2007 3:29 AM
Grand so Patrick, at least I know how to address you next time!
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