Chill out with the ACE hate. Who knows what the context of the question was, or what else she said in response. Take it from someone who has been mis-quoted, you are always taken out of context and printed how the paper sees fit.
Its not even a bad quote.
Me, I honestly have no interest. But my mom would annoyingly think I would like it and buy it for me if she could afford it. She still insists on buying me all kinds of collectable crap that I collected when I was 12 like I still enjoy it.
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I personally am not 'ACE hating', I have nothing against the organization, and If/When I move to South Carolina, Rampage is gonna make sure I sign up since I'll be in his reigon anywho, but to just brush this off like she did is, to me, poor taste.
To say that 'members of her coaster riding organization probably wouldn’t be that interested' is presumptuous at best, speaking out of line at worst. My only problem with ACE is the higher officials thinking they matter. Its a geek club, plain and simple. I don't need other Geeks answering for me. Which is why I did (yes, really geeky here) become a member of the Official Star Trek Fan Club at one point, because it is run as a business, and not as an organization. The 'leader' is someone who isn't elected.
If I were a member of ACE, I'd like this little collectable. Had she said "Some members may not be interested, but this is interesting and I hope they do well", then I'd feel different. But the quote, and I doubt it a misquote, seemed awefuly negative, and as I said, presumptuous.
Even when complaining about something here to YOU ALL (bunch of coaster geeks), all discussions I have with those OUTSIDE of all this coaster/park stuff, I try to remain upbeat and positive....sometimes desperately so. ;)
As a representative of those who are committed to SUPPORTING the industry in ALL its facets, this wasn't the best statement (or phrasing) I've heard....even if it was taken out of context. I'm sure once Carole read it in print she'd like to have re-worded it a bit...
Listen, Carole's response is most likely not a misquote or a misrepresentation of her attitude. I had to deal with her when we (CoasterDynamix) exhibited at Cedar Point last year and she was about the rudest pain in the ass I have ever dealt with. I like ACE and I've had many good experiences with both members (of which I am one) and staff. With the exception of her. Perhaps she has a thing against coaster models.