I agree that riding a coaster is fun and safe and that to me, something like a skycoaster or bungee jumping is more of a risk taking. I just wish that I could convince my mother-in-law of the same, as she is still convinced that her daughter and I are going to someday get brain damage from all of the coasters we ride.
Actually, most people find it fascinating, especially where I work. Anytime I take time off it's the "what park are you going to this time" discussion. lol. That was the case with my last job as well.
As far as the ones that would never get on a coaster for whatever reason, I try to change their mind with the facts. :-D
I have one friend who STILL thinks roller coasters are the most dangerous thing you can do, yet she takes her kids to these rusty carni rides and always gets speeding tickets. She is always emailing/calling me with the latest coaster accident, as if I didn't hear about it before she did.
Go figure. lol.
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My mother-in-law is convinced that it is terribly dangerous. She was very worried that my wife and I would get her son killed this summer when he came to visit us. Of course, this is the same woman that spends her weekends riding horses and 4-wheelers...
I'd say it's risky riding the Williams Grove Cyclone. Nothing like seeing track steel coming up at the ends in places. It's the only ride I fear for my life on when I ride it! I'd consider riding that a risk.
My mom just doesn't understand why I need to go all over to ride differant coasters when we have several parks an hour or two away. My mom is another one of those horse people too.
People I work with think I'm nuts riding coasters. Thats coming from guys who will walk a beam 10 inches wide 100 feet in the air and would not ride a coaster.
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Pale Rider said: I agree that riding a coaster is fun and safe and that to me, something like a skycoaster or bungee jumping is more of a risk taking. I just wish that I could convince my mother-in-law of the same, as she is still convinced that her daughter and I are going to someday get brain damage from all of the coasters we ride.
As a Sky Coaster Site Controller and a 9 year ride op/supervisor i must say that Sky Coaster is the safest ride i have ever laid eyes on or worked.. it's amazing.
Yeah, I realize that they are safe. It's just that the perception to me (someone who isn't a big fan of heights)of being suspended by cables several hundred feet up in the air with nothing else around you that is risky. That's what makes it thrilling to me, something I don't really get from coasters much anymore. One of these next times that I'm down in Kissimmee, I'm going to get up the balls to ride that 300 foot monster they have down there.
I'm not seen as a "risk taker" so much as an adrenaline junky. I don't believe I have many friends who haven't been in the car when I've got a speeding ticket. A couple of times, I've gotten two in a single day!
I really need to get to the Autobahn someday. Oh to fly by a cop and not have them chase me down for a change...
I agree with Robocoaster - for me it's more of an adrenaline thing. I've been a coaster enthusiast for over 30 years now. Yea, I'm old. My mother (even older) keeps telling me about old people having blot clots exploding in their brains and such from riding coasters. Happy to say my head is still in once piece.
If there are any other adrenaline junkies out there, may I recommend sky diving? It's the only thing I've done that topped the rush of a good coaster. Not a static line jump, which gives you no freefall. If you're nervous, try a tandem jump, where you're strapped to your instructor. Before that shoot opens, the freefall is the most incredible feeling! It took my breath away. Literally, because they forgot to mention that you're falling so fast that the wind blows up your nose, so you'd best take a big breath before jumping!
I've also been hang gliding, but it's not as thrilling. It's scarey, but there's no sense of speed. And yes, all my co-workers think I'm insane too.
Now that I've travelled so much riding coasters and can always make a fun day out of nothing, my friends and relatives are beginning to get very jealous of me. They always complain now when they tell me about their boring day inside because it was dreary outside and they couldn't find anything to do in town, and then I tell them "well I drove for two hours, rode roller coasters with no lines all afternoon, and now I'm back". They just get jealous at that point, not to mention when I tell them I've been to CA, UT, VA, NJ, and FL, as well as all through OH and PA just to ride coasters ...
They think the risk-taking is spending the money on all those trips ... I point out I'm 22 and closed on my first house on Friday ;)