I have finally decided to give CoasterBuzz a try, so I thought I would begin by introducing myself.
I've been a roller coaster enthusiasts since I was a little kid and I first joined ACE back in 1980 or 1981. At that time, I was thrilled to learn that there were other "coaster freaks" like myself, so I immediately joined. After being a member for several years, I dropped out of the club and rejoined a few years ago.
In the mid 1990s I began to take the occasional coaster trip which I only dreamed about as a teenager. My "home park" for many years was Magic Mountain and I now consider my home park to be the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to have my name drawn to be a contestant in a mini-marathon aboard the Giant Dipper to help celebrate the coaster's 75th anniversary! Now, that was a BLAST!
I've always enjoyed coaster photography and you might occasionally see a pic of mine in Roller Coaster since I donated several pics years ago. I also have some pics in past issues of First Drop and Guide to Ride. I recently purchased a digital camera and, man, am I glad I did! I do not miss film & processing at all!
Back in 2001, I organized a gathering at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho which turned into an annual event. It is called Coaster Alley Convergence, commonly referred to as CAC (Thanks, Moosh, the master of monikers!) Although the event was cancelled for this year, it will most likely return in 2005. If you haven't ridden Tremors and Timber Terror, well, you don't know what you're missing!
I do try and make several coaster-related trips each year, but I've taken it easy this year. So far, I've visited Busch-Williamsburg, Cedar Point and Six Flags Great America in addition to several parks in California, my home state. I will be visiting Mt. Olympus and Timber Falls on August 4 and I'm very much looking forward to experiencing Avalanche! I am also looking forward to viewing the construction of Hades!
As far as my preference for coasters is concerned, I'm a huge fan of wooden coasters. My top five wooden coasters are (in no particular order) Tremors, Ghost Rider, Shivering Timbers, Legend and Raven. As for steel coasters, I guess my top five would be MF, TTD, Apollo's Charriot, Nitro and Goliath. It seems like the older I get, the less interested I become in ranking the coasters that I've ridden.
Well, I guess that is enough rambling for now. I hope everyone is having a great summer and I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.
And before anybody else gets rude with you about it, Introduction posts are kinda frowned at. The reason being is that there are so many people on the site(556 on currently), and if they all introduced themselves, it would be a waste of bandwidth. But you've already learned lesson one, I guess;). Oh, and look out for Smileys (:)) and Winkies(;)). That usually means someone is less than serious. So do Astricies(***). And look out for mOOSH. He'll get you when you least expect it. Oh yeah, rollergator too.
When it comes to inside jokes you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask, but PM someone instead of asking on the board. Or do a search as it will be better for you, trust me:).
Oh, and BTW, Welcome to Cbuzz!
Kevin is, in fact, one of the few r.r-c people I have met just 'at random' while visiting a park, specifically Playland when I visited there in 1999.
Anyway, welcome, Kevin, to CoasterBuzz. Good to have you here.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
After attending CAC 2002, I definitely look forward to whenever you plan the next one - it's a great event, tons of late night ERT on 2 great coasters. Tremors at midnight is one of the best rides I've ever gotten on a coaster.
I hope you're able to revive CAC next year, and I *strongly* advise everyone and anyone to make it to Silverwood, Tremors just blows away the competition. Timber Terror is a *definitive* out-and-back, as good as ANY that I've ridden...but Tremors, that thing is PURE bliss.
Great to have you here...and finally, as IF it even needed to be said, ignore Clint...;)
Hey bill, just wait till PPP....
You'll find lots of good discussion here and lots of fun as well. Think of CBuzz as "RRC, with the flame wars removed and a good dose of humor added."
My only advice would be to avoid the temptation to start lots of topics until you've settled in and gotten a feel for how we do things around here, especially our humor ;)
And on that note, have fun...the water is warm here!
By the way, I hearby nickname you Cousin Kevin. ;)
Hmmm...Apparently Mr. TeknoScorpion does not read rec.roller-coaster, where Mr. Coley has been an active participant since long before CoasterBuzz even existed.
I was just gonna say the same thing. Thanks for the "help," Clint! ;)
Welcome Kevin. I just wanted to say that I've already been to Silverwood this season, and those two beauties are running faster than ever. When TT blows through the station, I'd say things are moving along. :)
And before anybody else gets rude with you about it, Introduction posts are kinda frowned at. The reason being is that there are so many people on the site(556 on currently), and if they all introduced themselves, it would be a waste of bandwidth.
Then I assume that "Happy Birthdays" would be frowned upon as well?!?!
Because if all of those same 556 people got their own "Happy Birthday" thread, then that would be 556 b-day threads per year...thus making it an even bigger waste of bandwith than the "once-per-lifetime" introduction.
And count me as another one looking forward to another CAC. When's that 3rd Silverwoodie supposed to open up again?? ;-)
>And on that note, have fun...the water is >warm here!
Ewwwww! (User moves away from Moosh in the pool. You'd think I'd know better by now!)
We're not worthy!!!
"Welcome" to the Buzz, Kevin.
CAC 2005? When?!? When!?! WHEN?!?
Now, back on topic.... *** Edited 7/20/2004 5:38:47 PM UTC by nasai***
I, like you, was ignorant until I asked. ;) *** Edited 7/20/2004 5:46:04 PM UTC by boblogone***
Major Geek is abbreviated "MG" which is pronouced "emgee." Please use it when appropriate...I'm trying to have this term sink into the enthusiast community's vocab.
mOOSH [sometimes guilty of being an emgee]