As a new Coasterbuzz member and not having been around the amusement/theme park scene in a while and moving to a different state, how does one find locals to ride with? I'm not trying to turn this into a thread of who lives in my area; rather just looking for ways that other members have hooked up to go riding together.
Oh my lord scooter flyer I almost fell out of my chair. I'm almost crying. Jus't grab her by the hair and say NOW!. Thats the best comment ive ever heard in my life. Or you can take a speaker com to the park and yell out Mj is in the que line up. HA HA HA HA!
And keep an eye on the calander, if someone is going to be at a park on a day you can go, contact them and show up at the park.
Plus, if you post on CBuzz and other coaster sites enough, you'll start to meet people online, talk to them thru AIM, and then you find yourself going to Solace with like 30 other people, and organizing events at parks in December with like 20 other people, and having people meet up with you when they/you are in the area etc.
Damn it, it's a CALENDAR, you queen! Read the TOS! ;)
Tekno's definitely got it. The calendar is a great place to start, or you can also start getting a feel for the people on the site and talk to them off-site to get to know them. Most people will tend to subscribe to the "the more, the merrier" theory. Either that, or they're just desperate to drag kids from New Jersey to Dollywood just days before Christmas. ;)
The tip about planning a trip and seeing if anyone goes along worked in my situation, although I never thought about it like that. I met a local enthusiast and we exchanged emails at SFA. I told him I was planning a Hershey/Knoebels/Dorney trip and he hadn't been to those parks yet since he was a transplant from California. So he asked if he could come along and I said "Sure!" That was in 2001 and we're still friends.
What a good topic. None of my friends like coasters near as much as me and it gets very frustrating when I can't seem to get anyone to attend any park for a day. I will maybe get a group together for one trip out of the whole summer. It sucks big time man. I'm like the only person in Lon Ont who loves these fast beasts to death. I think these suggestions are needed for myself as well come to think of it.
Go to an event! Surround yourself with total strangers. Try to arrange the trip so you have to travel with some of these new, exciting people--share a rental car, motel room. it will force you to get to know each other. Even though everyone has their groups already, most of us are happy to make new friends, so you've got that going for ya. I've been posting around here for about 4 years and never met anyone until I took a chance on traveling with a bunch of "strangers" to Coaster Alley Convergence back in September. Oh man, what a great experience that was! *** Edited 11/24/2005 2:09:04 AM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***