It really hit me hard today as the summer is coming to a close. It hit me even more when I was thinking about making plans for KI next year and it might not happen. I have not been on a single roller coaster ride this summer. I took how fun every ride I had for granted. I miss the sounds, the smells, the anticipation, and even miss people watching while waiting in line. In one summer I miss it so much, I can’t comprehend what a lifetime will be like. What I am not looking for is sympathy. There are a lot worse things that can happen to a person than this.
Just remember these times you have in your riding years. Enjoy them all and get as many rides in as you can. Roller coaster lovers are a different breed. We think about them all the time. Doodle on paper sloppy designs or weird names for coasters. Remember the laughs you had with a first time rider or the times you were next and the damn thing broke down. They are all great times even if we don’t realize it when it’s happening. Enjoy them all for one day it could end.
*** Edited 8/31/2008 9:03:00 AM UTC by Winston***
About seven years ago my older brother fell 30ft from a deer blind. The doctors did an incredible job of putting him back together actually using some bone material from a cadaver. He is fortunate to be able to walk now and does light duty at work.
I felt some of your pain man. I know your health comes first and all but the thought of never being able to ride again? Gulp.
Hang in there bud and here's wishing you an extraordinary recovery. Keep us posted ok?
Sure, I think about the old fallbacks that people mention. At least you could still go to the park. You can visit with friends between their rides. You can ride gentler rides that your body will tolerate. You can vicariously ride the coasters on Youtube. All true, and I'm sure that I would clutch at those things versus not having any kind of park experience at all, but it certainly wouldn't be the same.
Hang in there, and here's hoping that your treatment and recovery will eventually allow you to enjoy (at least some) of those coasters again.
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I do have sites like Coasterbuzz and Pointbuzz that keep me in the loop which makes me say a big thank you to all the people who run them and the people who make up the community of members. I don't post a lot but I read a lot of peoples messages. Its not the same as riding but it does quench my thirst just a little bit. Also the reason I am getting a new computer to run No Limits at top performance. Take care of your backs people. If that goes your days of coaster riding could be over.
Jwhoogs - thanks for your message and thanks to everyone with words of encouragment. Not trying to call you an old man but your comments are inspiring. There is still a possibility I will ride again. I just can't go the rest of my life without coasters. I will base part of my decision of surgeory on the possibility of riding again.
My heart goes out to you! Hope you get it taken care of to the point where the pain subsides at least. *hugs*
I'd rather be riding Roller Coasters....or baking.
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