Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:01 PM
To further explain, is it me, or is the off-season atypically boring this year?

Yes, I know that Dollywood is building a new monster.
Yes, I know Hershey is building a new monster.
Yes, I know Big Chief's is building 2 new monsters (well, at least one. ;)).

I just feel so out of it this year. The off topic conversations aren't as witty, and it seems to me outside of the aforementioned coasters, there isn't that much to talk about. Especially what hasn't already been said, digested, and regurgitated.

Last year was a spectacular, coaster drenched love fest for me. Coming off my SRM trip, I came back home to a relatively low on the totem pole (less than thrilling) ride on Timberhawk, but outside of that, the year was tremendous with PPP a new addition to my life. I wasn't ever so much into coasters until last year. Yes, I always enjoyed them, but never "enjoyed" them (in parantheses, Joe ;)) until 2003. Now it's "when can I go, and where will it be? Sheesh.

So, now what?
Is anybody with me?
Have I spent so much time on Coasterbuzz that all the sexiness that it offers has been dulled to my senses?

Hmmmm.....

Any takers?

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:22 PM
I am with ya Rob. :-)

<---------hugs

The off-season is about ready to be turned *on* again and I personally think this year will ROCK just as hard, if not harder. There are many new coaster to *do*, so many people to see........:-)

I don't think anything has dulled your senses (other than the Wild Turkey...lol) You are just as bored and impatient and ancy as I am to get on to bigger and better things in life, including the coasters!

-Tina

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:09 PM
I hear ya Rob (or should I use nasai since I don't think we've met). I had been thinking about starting a 'what's wrong with the off-season Buzz' thread myself. Where is the non-sense? What happened to the frequent hi-jackings? Is the MOJ up on blocks in a back alley somewhere? Did nurse Ratchet manage to provide the entire CPG with shock-therapy or lobotomies? Are the moderators in posession of weapons of mass destuction? Does this suit make my butt look big? Did I just type that?
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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:13 PM
It's not just you Rob. I'm with Tina. I can't wait to see you guys this year. Experiencing the charming wit (or lack thereof) and having fun in person is much more amusing than this online box of caged emotion and hunger for thrills... ;)

-Danny, taking another dip (Code: Hanna-Barbara 2 Mi :))

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:18 PM
Yes, you just typed that. ;)

First off, I don't think that the CPG is dead or anything. I know for a fact that the MOJ isn't on blocks, but the foreman of said regime isn't in town right now.

I don't think the moderators have impacted the cliques too much, although some of the CPG have expressed their desire to cool their collective heels at said nonsense, and off season tomfoolery. I personally got tired of the M:TR jokes, as well as the comments about Little Big Rob. Granted, that was funny, but it's like a massage where the "hott" chick keeps rubbing you in the same spot. It gets old.

Tina, I know it'll be better than ever, or so I hope. Still, I am antsy, and driven nuts by the issues that I spoke to you on the IM. Augh! The world just isn't coming into the profound wonderment of the Nasai heavens.... ;)

BTW, anyone who's posted as long as you, Boblo, can call me Rob anytime.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:20 PM
Danny, I guess that is what I need. A friendly day or two (or three) with my buds. It isn't the coasters... It's the fun that we share, when we might cause mayhem or kill young children cutting in line. ;)
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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:27 PM
LOL, you know it. What we all need now is some wise words from Chris Farley...

"Yeah, Misty. You're so dumb, when they were passing out brains, you thought they said trains. And then you got on it--- on a train and then went for a RIDE!" :)

-Danny

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:45 PM
Maybe I'm just not reading enough, but it seems that there just aren't as many hijack-worthy threads this year. Sure, there have been dumb questions and what not, but they're asked in a way that generally doesn't incite the troublemakers, or fun-makers as the case may be.

And honestly, I think there's still an icky residue from the whole post-SRM "enthusiast" discussion. :(

Plus...TTD did work. It's probably safe to assume Storm Runner will, too.

Happy Birthday DannyP! *** Edited 2/13/2004 12:48:40 AM UTC by dawnmarie313***

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:53 PM
Things will work out Rob, trust me. :-) The Nasai Heavens will prevail.

LOL! Danny........I think another appropriate line for that would be:

"You kids better pray to the god of skinny punks this wind doesn't pick up, cuz if it does I'm gonna sail over there and shove an oar up your *#$! (Tommy Boy).


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Thursday, February 12, 2004 8:34 PM
I'm with ya Rob. There is a lot less hi-jacking and silly nonsense going around this year. Could it be that we actually grew up???

Naaaaaah.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 8:44 PM
Rob,

to answer your thread topic, it's not just you. I've found myself lurking quite a bit lately, as I feel that I haven't really had anything to say. I do concur that the tomfoolery and general banter has been a little low this year.

To liven up next year's off season, there's one strategy I plan to use that I got from you. I quite enjoyed your "time-delay" style of trip reports. Usually there'll be say, a dozen new threads about PPP for example, with each one only garnering two or three posts of discussion. With the really good stuff saved until the off-season, you were able to generate a healthy two to three page thread.

The other benefit of this is that instead of the prototypical play-by-play style of report, I can forsee the delayed reports being a little more on the commentary/observation kind of report, which are the ones I enjoy the most. Of course, my own writing style tends to go towards the former, as I've written so many damned engineering reports that I've had the tendency for prose beaten out of me.

Maybe I can add a little more the discussion with my next TR's, as I'll try to get away from the "we-rode-this-and-then-we rode-this" kind of stuff, and more into the little things, like "I never even considered that park food could be out-of-the-ordinary, until I saw Pierogies on sale at a food stand at Knoebel's". BTW, they were delicious.

As a lot of folks have said, I find myself enjoying the hobby more so because of the friendships and acquaintances that I've made, as opposed to the simple padding of the ol' track record. Actually, I'd like to read more about what people's experiences were meeting fellow 'Buzzers than about riding experience.

I can honestly say I enjoyed meeting Moosh, nasai, and many others more than I enjoyed some of the rides I'd been on last year. I can honestly say that for this season, I'm more looking forward to the Wisconsin fly-by of one *monsiuer* Rollergator than I am of finally hitting the d&mn Dells only 60 miles from my place.

Whew! Sorry if I've been rambling, but I finally feel like I've had something useful to add this off-season!

Later,
EV

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:00 PM
Eric, just the fact that the Dells are only 60 miles away, and yet you haven't been is simply maddening to me! :)

I appreciate the friendships earned these past few years here, but having those friends makes the offseason (as it were) more sad than ever.

I guess that's it. I am just sad today. Hrm.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:21 PM
http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=36842

^^^

Threads like this don't exactly make me feel real warm and fuzzy about anything. I'm pretty appalled and embarrassed about some of those comments.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:40 PM
Rob,

Oh, I've been to the Dells plenty of times, just always during the off-season or with my little ones in tow.

Later,
EV

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Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:13 PM
So not ON the rides, eh? :) Soon, Eric. Soon.
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Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:54 PM
Rob, I think you are correct. This time last year I was in tears sometimes from threads like Dawn pointed out. Alot of that seems to be gone for the moment.

If you're bored, I think you still might have a couple of days worth of trip reports you could work on. :)

Speaking of the link Dawn put up, where has Chris been? We haven't heard from him in a while.

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Friday, February 13, 2004 12:56 AM
Yep, still waiting for the TR starring the nasai and sparky697 cuddlefest on Whizzer. :)

Oh , and Rob? Yes, it's just you my friend, just you. ;)

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Friday, February 13, 2004 6:38 AM
I guess Its me too. One thing I thought caused this was Jeff(no, I'm not blaming you, jeff, its not about you this time;)) saying on a thread(don't remember which one, it was right at the start of the off season, to kind of cool it, it wasn't funny. I think some of the CPG and all have been less active this off season. I too tire of the constant Little Big Rob and M: TR jokes(a well placed one once in a while is expected and can be funny).

Even Cap'n Obvious has been kinda quiet, MagForce has run to other pastures, and mOOSH always seems busy as he isn't on line as much(or am I just not online the same time you are moosh?).

I can't wait for the season to start. Because of some personal issues, I will be moving again in a few weeks, not being near Kennywood, but I'm definitly going to hit this park again this summer now that I know where it is. I'm going to PCar for BORG in May, CP sometime soon(and hopefully SF WoA while I'm there), and I'm going to do my first Event with Beast Buzz. I can't wait to meet some of ya this year, and I'm still planning on a West coast trip to meet some of yuns.

But yes, its been a boring offseason.(with the exception of the Super Bowl half time show...;))

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Friday, February 13, 2004 10:43 AM
Sorry guys.....guess I've been too busy riding coasters this winter to dazzle you with my incessant wit (and occasional wisdom?).

Not just you, Rob...and I think dawn has a VERY valid point about the ick post-SRM residue...I won't feel "cleansed" until I get to stop by HW and see for myself that things have returned to (ab)normalcy.

This year we've just "picked our spots" a little more carefully....but rest assured, once the seasonal parks open and we start meeting in person again, said *tomfoolery* will be present, "en abondanza"...:)

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Friday, February 13, 2004 10:53 AM
It's me, too. I think I've posted maybe a dozen times this winter in the general buzz section.

But for me, it's because my DDR obsession has overtaken my coaster obsession as No. 1 hobby, and with it it's brought back my general obsession for video games. I find that I'm thinking about DDR, not coasters, when I'm bored at work, and so I go post on the DDR boards, not here.

So basically what I'm saying is, the boards would be a lot more witty if I posted here more often. :) pwn3dz0r50r5!!@!11!!!three

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