Legendary is a freak

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Tuesday, August 5, 2003 1:25 PM
I had the lovely opportunity to spend Sunday with Legendary (Joe Campanella) and Badnitrus (Keith McVeen), along with my wife Tomoko, on a little mini trip to SFEV and the Seattle Center. Fun day.

They arrived early Sunday morn fresh from a drive down from Canada, halfway through their trip across this great section of land called the Pacific Northwest. We exchanged smiles, and immediately took off for an afternoon at SFEV. Like we would need an afternoon? ;) We arrived at my secret parking spot, saving our coin for the rip-off lockers at the waterpark, and jogged on down to the gate. Entry was easy. Even on Sunday, EV gets modest crowds.

We decided to head straight to Timberhawk. I suggested the last train for maximum first-timer experience, and away we went. Up the hill, down, turns, etc. You have heard me say it before. Timberhawk is all about family. Don't even think about ever having ERT on this ride. Still, there were a few good pops of air, and it does seem to track a little better than opening day. Joe and Keith both seemed to feel the same way, although I will leave it to them to tell on their own TR.

We ran over to the Trabant (isn't that what they are called still?) and Joe immediately pissed off the ride op. Hilarity ensued with the op (sadly) apologizing to Joe, although Joe was in the wrong (!), and the op was doing his job. Never cut in line at SFEV. They are Nazis!!!! ;) Fun ride, and minimal sickness.

Next to the potato sacks. Joe cheated. Enough said.

To the mouse, the wonderful Zamperla Gold Rusher. It was fun as always, with just a little too much speed going into the last turn. All in all, a very good mouse.

Next to the Zamperla Timberaxe. Damn, are these things smooth, with monster fall out of your seat air at the top. Very cool. Scared the absolute crap out of Tomoko. No sex for me for a month, I bet. ;)

Off to take more video, and then the guys took a ride on Wild Thing. Oh, make that 2 since they practically force you to take a second go around. Ugh. Both admitted they had had worse, but it was a single pass type ride.

While they rode WT, Tomoko and I decided to hit the waterpark. Bad move. $11 for a locker!!!! ... and you only get $3 back at the end. Oh man..... :( We hit one slide before the guys caught back up to us. The lines were just horrendous. To top it off, there wasn't enough water in the tube, and I had to paddle my "not-too-fat-ass" (TM) down the chute. It suxored like nothing had ever suxored before at ANY waterpark. Count me out. Never again. After drying off, we hit Timberhawk for one more (tiny) giggle, and off to Seattle Center.

Quick parking and in we were. The Windstorm had zero wait, so we immediately jumped on. Man, is that a good ride. It has gotten a bit bumpier over the years, but according to Joe, and Keith it's still their fave of the bunch they have ridden. Very intense with that nasty Schwartkopf-ian dive mid-way. (Tomoko's head... meet Rob's shoulder;))

Joe credit whored his way onto the kiddie coaster, then they took a ride to the top of the Space Needle. Too much money to do it again, but the wait was very nice with a nice Starbucks Frappacino (I had never had one before) in the warm sun. :) Refreshing!

Off to the beach to eat fish and chips, dangling our legs over the edge of the pier, and feeding the seagulls. We took off to my house to make smoothies (raspberry, of course), and had some nice conversation before we tried to watch a movie, only to fall asleep halfway through. I awoke the next morning to an empty house, as they had left at the crack of dawn. They left a wonderful note, and an empty box of Frosted Flakes.

Great guys.
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Death on two legs

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Tuesday, August 5, 2003 9:32 PM
Oh yeah Rob, and you are the normal one in the bunch, right? :)

Did you ask Joe if he ever goes home? :)

Still waiting for that SFGAm TR that has mysteriously not showed up even though this "VERY RECENT" TR has. ;)

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Tuesday, August 5, 2003 9:51 PM
The whole midwest TR's just sort of died after SFKK, you and Jeff need to get on the ball Rob.

I am gonna have to stop whoring Ethyl for you otherwise.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2003 10:09 PM
Let me guess, your naked on that tape as well!;)

As for the head-n-shoulders bit, your not fooling anyone( I seriously doubt *that* never happened before)...
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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 7:54 AM
Joe C is a freak? Why wasn't I informed....oh, wait, I *was* informed...;)
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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 8:03 AM
What is SFEV, may I ask?

EDIT: Nevermind, I figured it out.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 9:16 AM
Scott... you know, I thought that might come up. Said TRs will come someday. Someday.

About the video, I was never in frame, hence NO nudity. ;)
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Death on two legs

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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 3:09 PM
Joe pissed off a ride op?!?!? NO WAY! Joe would never do that. ;)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2003 3:20 PM
It was pretty damn funny. That guy got so spun up, and Joe just kept egging him on. :) Joe was (kinda) in the wrong, though, although there was no real reason for the op to get so pissy. He didn't cut in front of anyone, but he did undo a chain for the queue, and HEAVEN FORBID you do that!

It was later that day that Joe really got going when we bought our fish and chips. He insisted on asking the Greek shop owner if the fish was fresh or "fresh." It was damn funny, but Keith, my wife, and I had to ignore it so we wouldn't be lumped in with him.
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Yummy for your tummy

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Friday, August 8, 2003 4:38 PM
What's really crazy is that there was a line for the trabant; it never has one....

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Friday, August 8, 2003 6:43 PM
Legendary is definitely a freak. I heard he lost his sense of humor somewhere between Viper and Rolling Thunder. ;)

One time (actually, this was the Monday after you guys visited Rob and RoBoB) I accidentally made a ride op at the Flyers at PKI have a mental breakdown. We all got into the Flyers as singles and he told us that we all had to pair up in twos since he overcounted the number of people that would fit into the available Eagles. I didn't want anyone to have to be double up due to his mistake (there was *no one* else in line) and asked him if he knew that making us do this was taking longer than if he let them back into the queue and started the ride, I'm a dumb enthusiast, I like funnel cakes, etc.

Anyways, I was getting ready to pair up with someone when I decided I really wasn't a huge fan of the Flyers anyways and I cared about my friend having a 'great' ride instead of an 'ok' ride. So, I asked the op if I could just get out of line and my friend could ride by himself. He was very confused and said, "Umm, yea-a-a, sure." He started walking back to his booth and was kicking himself, talking to himself, and looking verrry pissed off... I wanted to get as far away from that guy as possible! That op just snapped! The URCers I was with didn't know if they were getting off the Flyers alive, lol!

-Danny
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 11:39 AM
Next to the Zamperla Timberaxe. Damn, are these things smooth, with monster fall out of your seat air at the top. Very cool. Scared the absolute crap out of Tomoko. No sex for me for a month, I bet.

Are you forgetting I'll be in Seattle next weekend? ;)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 12:28 PM
My home is your home.
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Yummy for your tummy
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 12:37 PM
Why not everyone else? ;)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 1:06 PM
Hell, if you are coming to CAC, you are invited. Everyone else is.... ;)
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Yummy for your tummy
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:33 PM
Nasai

Nice TR man! The ending sentence killed me. :) You said we could have cereal and there were only two bowl fulls left!

I'll be writing some TRs for the trip soon, but some highlights of the day for me were:

1) The incredible hospitality displayed by Rob and Tomoko.

2) The bestest smoothies ever that Rob made for us.

3) Sitting on the shore of the Puget Sound eating fish and chips...yum!!!

4) Seattle Space Needle...such great views from up there!

5) Looking at Rob and Tomoko's pictures from Japan and learning "Conjee's" (I *know* I spelled that one wrong!).

So many others but that should do it for now. Thanks for a great time rob!

And Danny, I never lost my sense of humor! What are you talking about! >:O

;)

Joe "People who are going to CAC are in for a *real* treat!" C.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 4:17 PM
Rest assured, if anyone comes to my house, I promise NOT to subject you to pictures of Japan. That said, the word is Kanji.

Glad your trip was so smoking! It was great to have you.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 9:34 PM
I've seen your Kanji, Nasai...it's nice ;)

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It's coming Aug 18th, and your 2004 will never be the same!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:45 AM
I've seen Joe's "Conjee"...definitely longer than 5....letters....;)
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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 8:08 AM
You people - always have to gh3y up everything. ;)

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