Posted Monday, November 5, 2007 8:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
I guess in the brainwashed corporate money hungry american society, it's gonna be that way to an extent.
Lemme go get myself one of those North Face jackets. On my way to the Point of course. (First I'd better post in the 'Secret' thread - after I "get a life" of course).
*** This post was edited by J7G3 11/6/2007 12:03:27 PM ***
I'm starting to realize there are 2 types of coaster geeks. The 'it's reality, get over it' type, and the type that have a love and respect for most coasters, etc, especially the oldies - Geauga, Conneaut, etc.
Love and respect?
I love and respect my wife, my parents, friends, family - that sort of thing.
I pay to ride roller coasters.
Forgive me for not putting those two things on the same level. I have clearly sinned.
Then again, who's to say you can't have it both ways - an emotional attachment, but also an abilty to accept the reality of things?
The first without the second describes a child when they want something and can't have it. What does that child do? Whine, complain and maybe even throw a fit...
...oh wait, nevermind. :)
You're forgiven :) I sure as heck have a love for amusement parks and rollercoasters. Of course I wouldn't compare that to the wellbeing or feelings I have for other humans.
The Geauga Lake Big Dipper is special to people because it is old, but also because how often do you get to ride in big open seats like that? If it was built somewhere else, the 'classicness' of it would be gone.
Sure, I know I whine and complain. I have my faults.
I guess I do that sometimes, and sometimes I'm just sarcastic and make fun of others ... it's a toss up. I'd rather just try to argue my point instead of trying to make others look like asshats. I'm so well-worded, I know. Hey, we all got our opinions ;)
There is so much sarcasm on this forum, but it's sarcasm only to me when I see it that way. Same goes for the podcast. I think we all have our opinions, I sure as heck don't mean any of this to directly insult or hurt anyone. I like reading things that make me think. Sometimes I just can't help but think the way our society is helps us think in a 'little box.' It's tough to get out of it.
Make any sense? Wording myself is not one of my strong points. I'm better at it in person.
Just because I'm an enthusiast and post to the forums and do the podcast and have my own site or whatever, I'm suddely supposed to manufacture this attachment to the rides that, quite frankly, just doesn't exist for me.
It's all about perspective and neither side is right or wrong in opinion.
On a coaster forum, people tend to not want to hear "TEAR IT DOWN!!!!"
On a land developers forum people probably don't want to hear about coaster preservation when talking about the exact same issue.
The point is, it only feels weird to say, "I don't care if that ride is destroyed" in this little enthusiast microcosm. Anywhere else and it's a perfectly acceptable opinion that has nothing to do with societal conditioning.
It's just an attitude in society, pay more to skip the line, etc. etc., I just think it sucks. I'm really into karma, so that may explain a lot.
I'm also increasingly board with the new B&M's, etc., and the way the parks are being run, flash pass and all that. I have a strong soft spot for the older parks, just my preference. I love the big newer parks too, I just think they could be run a little better.
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