Do You Agree With The Following Article?

Thursday, December 14, 2000 8:40 AM
The link below features an article that I found quite interesting. The title ("Ride It Like You Just Don't Care")sums it up. How unstoppable are you when it comes to riding coasters?

Thursday, December 14, 2000 11:08 AM
I am unstoppable when it come to coasters. I ride coasters like MF at cedar Point. 310ft. up, 300 ft down, at 80 degress!
Thursday, December 14, 2000 11:10 AM
Well first, some facts in the artical are wrong Such as Stealth having 8 inversions and that it is also has the record for most inversions. Also that Millennium Force is the first coaster with stadium seats (I thought there were others like the Superman coaster).

What I have to say about the artical is that people love to point out bad things in everything. Nothing in this world is safe. Play football and you have a chance of having a concusion. Play video games, your vision can go bad. It seems that everyone wants to promote the bad things about roller coasters. People who want to limit what they can do are forgeting what they are all about. This is a thrill that is more safe and cost less than Bungee Jumping or sky diving. What if they were to put a limit on height, 350 ft. Well that means that after someone meets the record there is nothing else. After that it might be the G's that a person can experience. I think the Amusement Park Industy is doing well on its own. Its not everyday that roller coasters fly off their tracks and people die. Malfuctions happen like in everyday life. Planes Crash, Elevators plumit and people die. There is no stopping it. But untill we have a perfect world on our hands we won't have any perfect machines. Lets remember what roller coasters are for, and thats fun and excitement.

Number 1 And Only Cedar Point
Thursday, December 14, 2000 11:39 AM
Here's what I think of the article:

Emily Jenkins essay, "Ride It Like You Just Don't Care" has got to be one of the very best articles I have read all season on the whole issue of the risks of amusement rides, Congressman Markey's legislative proposal, and what is really going on with amusement park rides. For the most part, the articles I have read this season have focused on...

There are no Federal regulations on amusement park rides

Amusement ride injuries seem to be rising

Ed Markey is concerned about ride G-forces

IAAPA insists that rides are safer than garden hoses and bowling balls

This is the first story I have seen which treats the matter in a reasonably fair and comprehensive manner, explaining how Markey's bill doesn't solve any problems, and even describing how the hype compares to the true risks. Unlike such outlets as Rep. Markey, USA Today, CNN, and the Associated Press, Jenkins actually did her homework and got beyond the hype and the press releases. I, for one, am very glad to see it.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Member, ACE, NAPHA, and NAARSO.
Yes, those are the comments I posted on the site back in August...
Thursday, December 14, 2000 1:10 PM
Basically no bias

Number 1 And Only Cedar Point
Thursday, December 14, 2000 3:05 PM
Steph (my wife) read her book, Tongue First. The book is basically about her experimentation with everything from tattoos and piercing to yoga and message. There is other stuff in there, but that's what I remember from Steph's synopsis of the book.

In any case, it would appear that she's all about human experience before passing judgement on things, something we could all stand to consider a bit.

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Thursday, December 14, 2000 8:50 PM
STEALTH trains are inverted 8 times throughout the ride even though the horseshoe isn't at a wild angle it still is called an inversion

#1 Stealth-PGA
#2 Flashback-SFMM
#3 Whizzer-RIP PGA
#4 Mind Bender-WEM
#5 Drachen Fire-BGV
Friday, December 15, 2000 3:22 AM
Please can we not have another, "Stealth Doesn't Have 8 Inversions" debate. So what if it does; so what if it doesn't. It doesn't make the ride better or worse either way.
Friday, December 15, 2000 5:30 PM
mmmmmm I like that article. Its good. I like it. dont you like it. Its juicy. juicyfruit. sorry got sidetracked. submit!submit. this article is very educational.I will never whose out on a woman I mean rollercoaster. Ill go 4 or 5 times a night.even when I get older.

theres nothing like a huge woodie after a hard day of working.
Saturday, December 16, 2000 6:16 AM
At first, I didn't like the article, but after reading Dave's comments, I read it again. It is a very "as a matter of fact" article. Some of the federal regulation issues brought up are absurd, however.

"X" marks the spot in 2001!

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