hi this might sound like a strange request but im looking for someone who would like a challenge to make me a coaster genius! im trying to prove that i can understand all the terminology and join in discussions with my bf and his friends instead of have them all laugh at me lol!!!
Steph, the first step would be to read, read, read the various forums. You might also want to check out www.rcdb.com That site can give specific information about roller coasters, their manufacturers, etc.
Also, supposedly the 'buzz is compiling a glossary which will help you with acronyms and abbreviations and all kinds of other terminology. But I will second CPLady...the best way to get a real understanding of what's going on is to read these forums. ------------------ Be polite and ignore the idiots. - rollergator "faster, cheaper, and more often" that's somebody's new sig -UpsideDawnGrrrl My shirt in my photo seems to be for "Aging Bull"
hahah...you should be happy Laurence...Whenever I start talking about "this new ride" or "that park" that I want to go to, she isn't interested. She just doesn't get into coasters...at least Steph is trying...
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I would highly recomend watching the Memorial Day Weekend programing, but be warned: As far as "serious enthusiasts" are concerned, most of it is very superficial. You'll get to know to know the names and stats of a few newer, popular rides and parks, and not a whole lot more. As for really getting into it (and are you sure you know what you're getting into? ;)), reading these forums is one of the best ways to get a handle on things. Some of these conversations simply won't make any sense if you don't comit park abbreviations and element types to memory!! Oh, and I seem to recall a glossary over on rec.rollercoaster, somewhere. It's a little outdated, but it could help a bit.
im sorry i didnt know what memorial weekend was we dont have it over here so i get a bit lost sometimes. i want to learn so i can join in with you guys instead of standing from afar wondering what your on about lol!! so thanks for all your help im going to keep myself busy looking through all the links you have given me and ill watch the thing on discovery.
The Discovery Channel show called "Ultimate Guide to Roller Coasters"  featuring Elissa White and her friend touring Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knotts Berry Farm was an excellent education about coasters. It explained all the different types of coasters, and also explained the safety devices. In less than an hour you can learn as much as most of us know. Learning all the acronyms that people use takes a much longer time. I still get stumped by some of them sometimes. ------------------ If you have a problem with clones, the solution is real simple—Stop traveling.
One more thought, go to a park with your boyfriend when put in our element all we talk about is coasters (makes for great small talk in long queues) just sit there and listen and maybe your suroundings will inspire you ;)
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