More Enthusiasstic Behavior

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 5:59 AM
I've now read two separate trip reports that described nasty, rude behavior from groups of entitled enthusiasses fighting over the last train of the season on TTD and MF respectively.

Get a grip, folks. It's a roller coaster. Getting the last ride won't impress the ladies. It won't get you a better job or a higher salary offer. You can't use it to get free drinks in the bar. Being able to brag about the last ride won't do anything but impress people with nothing better to do than argue about whether Magnum is actually red, orange, or something in between.

I'm starting to understand why some people no longer want to be identified with the enthusiast community.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:03 AM
I am sadly becoming one of the people that don't wont to be associated with enthusiasts. My dad and friends think I'm obsessive and I'm like "You have no idea what obsessive is!" It more scary then cool. Even after the death on the Raven enthusiasts havn't changed, and that is sad, especially when Holiday World the greatest park in world has to say "We don't want to deal with you people for a while."
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:06 AM
At least it was an Intamin.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:18 AM
Precisely why I don't hang out for closing time on last days anymore. Ever since a bunch of satin jacketed tools were complaining about what they were entitled to circa 1998 I decided I wanted nothing to do with it. Jackasses.

And that "Magnum Robert" kid in particular needs to be kicked in the enthusinuts, as should portions of the Magnum crew, who allowed him to come up the exit after they closed the queue. More castration for him for showing people on-ride photos he took during the season.

People wonder why it's so damn embarassing to be associated with enthusiasts. You think this might have something to do with it?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:22 AM
Heck fighting over the last train of the season, at coastermania, this one SOB was about to get dropped, this guy was behind me walking up the exit and you would of thought that was the last train ever, I can understand an 8 year old going nuts, but an adult, last year I was at coaster mania by chance, I purposly always try to avoid any day at any park with events, be it a small number but that small number of enthusiests are enough to piss me off. I had quite a few problems during coaster mania with crazed obsessed enthusiests acking like they own the damn park and as if they would walk through people.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:28 AM
Haw haw! ;)

Sorry, I can't help but laugh. This is the funniest stuff I've read in a while. Thanks folks! Keep up the good work. Maybe they'll do a spoof of you on the Simpsons.

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:29 AM
Certainly can't blame the parks for saying "ENOUGH of this $#1+", huh?

If it were my park, I couldn't even see holding enthusiast events anymore. The vast majority are great people, but the lack of simple respect shown for the parks and the other patrons is *amazing*. It's not enough to behave poorly at the parks, then it comes to these boards....parks DO read this stuff, and we all pay a heavy price in terms of relationships strained.

Please feel free to use *e-mail* to discuss those things we don't want the parks to read...:)
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:41 AM
There really is nothing worse than an adult acting like a child. I saw several acts of this when I was at Cedar Point this past Saturday. It amases me that people think that acting like a complete fool will actually get something done.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:52 AM
Are we sure we are talking enthusiast here?

Chuck, who has been to the last three Beast last rides and never seen that behavior and expects it to be that way Sunday

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Charles Nungester.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 6:59 AM
Glad I just enjoy roller coasters.

What is the age of these people anyways?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:01 AM
I think when someone claims that their X rides during the season "entitles" them to the last ride of the year, then yes, that's an enthusiass.

Edit: on reflection, it's hard to argue that anyone who puts a premium on getting the "last" ride isn't enthusiastic at some level, though perhaps not enthusiasstic.

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*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 10/29/2003 12:13:02 PM ***

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:38 AM
WTF is the difference between the last ride and the second-to-last ride? The only people that are going to be impressed are your nerd friends anyway.

Fortunately I've never seen any of this type of behavior, else I'd probably be in jail for stabbing someone in the forehead.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:45 AM
I'll make the same argument here as in the MF "incident" thread - WTF is the difference between riding 10 coasters or 100 coasters? The only people that are going to be impressed are your nerdy friends anyway. Yet a good portion of this site talks of "credit whoring" and has lists of the coasters they've ridden and no one's gettin all uppity about track records? If it means something to you, more power to you - but its really annoying when something that means something to you for whatever reason is ruined by a bunch of people who feel they're better than you ...

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Brett
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:50 AM
Maybe Cedar Point should auction off the last ride like they do the first.

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Walt Schmidt - Virtual Midway

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:51 AM
Personally, I'll be at SFA Sunday for the start of the day, but I expect it to be crowded enought later that I plan to leave early. I do wish I could stay late enough to get a couple of rides on SROS in the dark though.
*** This post was edited by Jim Fisher 10/29/2003 12:52:19 PM ***
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:24 AM

Jeff said:
satin jacketed tools...enthusinuts

I got a pretty big giggle out of the use of these two terms in this post. :)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:27 AM
I agree with Gemini. With the responses I have read during the last week, Cedar Point and the Firelands Red Cross could make a boatload of money through a last ride auctions. I'm surprised that they haven't thought of such a proposition before.

P.S. "bunch of satin jacketed tools": Why whoever do you mean Jeff ;)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:30 AM
Jeff, I was just about to suggest that you offer satin CoasterBuzz jackets. I guess that's out of the question now. ;)

Why not offer one that reads "Dumb Coaster Enthusiass"?

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:40 AM
I should say that I was being a little sarcastic. It isn't a bad idea on paper, but the logistics would be something else. A lot of work goes into those first ride auctions.

I think the whole idea of "last ride" is silly. But having one enthusiast say he/she deserves a last ride over someone else is even sillier. The politics are bad enough at work. There seems to be this sub-culture of "extra geeky" enthusiasts. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but sometimes people need a reality check.

Maybe what they really should do is have a lottery and draw names out of a hat.

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Walt Schmidt - Virtual Midway

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:40 AM

Impulse-ive said:
I'll make the same argument here as in the MF "incident" thread - WTF is the difference between riding 10 coasters or 100 coasters? The only people that are going to be impressed are your nerdy friends anyway. Yet a good portion of this site talks of "credit whoring" and has lists of the coasters they've ridden and no one's gettin all uppity about track records? If it means something to you, more power to you - but its really annoying when something that means something to you for whatever reason is ruined by a bunch of people who feel they're better than you ...
Sure, getting as many credits as I can 'means something' to me (albeit, not very much). Difference is, I don't whine when I can't ride a kiddie coaster, or complain to management when a coaster is closed the day I visit a park hundreds of miles from home. The behavior is what we're addressing, no? Fine, waste your entire evening waiting for the last ride if that's what floats your boat. I have no problem with that. But don't gripe if it doesn't happen.

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*** This post was edited by Vater 10/29/2003 2:45:27 PM ***

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