How Does One Find Locals to Ride With?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 12:53 PM
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.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:00 PM
When i read the title, I thought he meant 'locals' to a given park. Like, I go to parks by myself, how do i find someone to ride with?
:)

In that vein, I usually just grab the women by the hair and say: You ride with me now!!!
Injun bring'em fish!
And they just sort-of go along with it when they see my muscles and stuff.
:)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:05 PM
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!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:12 PM
One way you can meet-up with people is to use the meeting calendar right here on coasterbuzz. Just enter the date(s) you will be at the park, and other members can meet you there.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:27 PM
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.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:35 PM
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. ;)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:38 PM
You know - I thought about this the other day. Something like www.frappr.com would be a great feature around here.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 2:39 PM
Just create an account, its free.

As far as meeting people, I would think future cb events would be the best way to really meet people. Then at least if you don't like talking someone you don't have to exchange info. Heh.

Although my experience at events has been that you have to work to meet new people as everyone has their own groups already. I was never very good at meeting new people, or women for that matter.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 2:41 PM
I have an account on frappr - we have a nice map setup for my online hockey community. Maybe people would want to do the same here - or not.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 3:24 PM
You could do like I did.

Announce a trip ahead of time, and ask someone to go with you. Take a chance.

What's great is that you end up meeting all the people that you asked to go with you, as you hit various parks. Only a few will be unsavory. That's ok. You can deal with that, right?

You'll end up with great new friends, and you'll become a legend, just like I did. ;)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 3:38 PM
Or you could do like nasai and go to SoCal The Week Before Everyone Else Does...

;)

Oh, and Dave, which is more important? Family, or Coasters? So, um, like, I'll see you in December, right? ;)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 4:24 PM
Thanks for the tips everyone. I've got all winter to plan some trips so there is plenty of time!

And of course if I ever see someone grab a woman and drag her into a park I'll know it's FLYINGSCOOTER. ;) *** Edited 11/23/2005 9:25:45 PM UTC by coasterjohn***

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 4:47 PM
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.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:10 PM
Best way to meet other enthusiasts: start attending coaster events including those outside your area.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:17 PM
It helps if you're hot and have a great personality and a bod that just won't quit.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:26 PM
That's my problem-- my bod won't quit, growing that is. ;)
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:38 PM
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.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:03 PM

TeknoScorpion said:
Oh, and Dave, which is more important? Family, or Coasters? So, um, like, I'll see you in December, right? ;)

There's a legitimate reason why I'll answer "family" in this instance, but I won't actually say it because it's only gonna make you feel bad. If you have a soul, that is. ;)

Work out some kind of cool group thing during the spring or summer -- you know, a REAL season -- and I'll make sure I can hop on board!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:07 PM
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***
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:38 PM
But was it a great experience for those you travelled with? ;)

*** Edited 11/24/2005 2:40:13 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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