"General Public" other than coasters?

Saturday, December 15, 2001 7:01 PM
.....If people that are hooked on other favorite things (like cars, planes, boats. etc.) think of us (other people) as the GP?  I meen were always refering to other people as the GP because they normally couldn't even tell an inverted from a floorless.  Its like we couldn't tell one airplane from another.  Do you see what I'm sayin?? 

P.S.---I do hope everyone on this site can tell an inverted from a floorless.  ;-)

Saturday, December 15, 2001 7:13 PM
Yeah I always think the same thing.

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Saturday, December 15, 2001 7:19 PM
... what vauge topic titles are about? All the time. Thats why I clicked on it.

Of course they do. Almost every hobby's hardcore crowd considers the people who don't have the hobby for a hobby of their own as GP.

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Saturday, December 15, 2001 7:28 PM
TrBiggar, you hit it on the head.  Being a musician, I am always shocked at some of the things the GP doesn't know.  It isn't foolishness on their part, just arrogance on mine for the misunderstanding.  I think that anytime a person assumes they know more about the world because they understand a product or idea better than someone else, is doomed to being a lonely, arrogant person.
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Saturday, December 15, 2001 7:51 PM
Exactly, TrBiggar.  To grab an easy example, fishkeepers make comments about the poor care that the general public who buys their fish at WalMart give their pets.

It goes beyond hobbies, too.  Frequent flyers make comments about how the "General Public" packs, reacts to some of the *stupid* things security is doing now (oh, sorry, I guess that little rant belongs on FlyerTalk ;) ), and stuff like that.

Diabetics talk about the lack of understanding the general public has for how difficult and devistating the condition can be.

(To pick up on 3 that happen to apply to me, in addition to being a coaster enthusiast ;) )

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*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 12/16/2001. ***

Saturday, December 15, 2001 8:26 PM
I think the "GP Syndrome" goes way beyond rollercoasters.  I'm into music too, and aviation.  It still suprises me how much people don't know about those big metal birds that fly over them all the time.  But, as always, there are exceptions.
Sunday, December 16, 2001 12:58 PM
I guess I'm a member of the GP.  What IS the difference between a floorless and an inverted?  I've always wanted to ask because I've been told that what I thought was a floorless ISN'T. 
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Sunday, December 16, 2001 1:10 PM
Here you go..

Inverted - http://www.coastergallery.com/CP/raptor04.jpg

Floorless - http://www.coastergallery.com/2000/bkf07.jpg

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Sunday, December 16, 2001 1:58 PM
Oh.  Thanks!  You've cleared up the prevailing mystery in my life.
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