So much negativity...

Friday, September 23, 2011 7:54 PM

I'm not talking about the amount of bad news, in fact, some of it is good news. I'm talking about how so much of what we talk about here suddenly is in the negative.

I was just struck by how much of the current news is of things that are not happening...

o Playland future may not include amusement rides
o Video of trainer drowning not shown at OSHA hearing
o Kentucky Kingdom will not open in 2012
o Hersheypark might not be open a week after flooding
o Knoebels won't be closed after flooding
o Bison didn't drown at ZooAmerica 'cause they were euthanized first
o Angry Birds publisher didn't authorize Chinese theme park game
o Disney not selling time shares in Hawaii
o Mach Tower not open at Busch Gardens

And then in the discussion forum we had that whole thread about the Voyage not getting Topper Track...

No evaluation intended, just thought it was an interesting observation...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Friday, September 23, 2011 8:31 PM

Well in contrast, Six Flags and Cedar Fair announced all of their new rides and attractions for 2012 recently. That's something to get excited about.

Friday, September 23, 2011 9:10 PM

^ Except for California Great America, which is getting the middle finger from just about everyone.

Friday, September 23, 2011 9:42 PM

I'm excited about those trains for Knoebels Flying Turns... ;)

Hi Dave... :)

Friday, September 23, 2011 10:41 PM

I guess you see what you look for. My focus has certainly been on the huge load of new rides coming next year. It feels like 2000 all over again.

Friday, September 23, 2011 11:39 PM

One word... Perspective.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:48 AM

But you told me Darth Vader killed my father...!

What I told you was true....

Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:15 AM

I don't think he means gloomy or pessimistic. I believe he's commenting on the use of the word "not" or its equivalent.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:48 AM

Well in that case, I currently count three stories on the first page in News discussion with the word "not" in the title... out of 20.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 10:30 PM

I guess it's just a sign of the times. After all, all week it was reported that pieces of a satellite were NOT going to land in the US.

Things not happening are making as many headlines as things that are.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 1:21 AM

And at the same time, things happening aren't making as many headlines as they probably should (Occupy Wall Street, scientists finding something which moves faster than the speed of light, etc.)

Sunday, September 25, 2011 1:53 AM

It was just an observation that actually came out of the joking around in the Voyage/Topper Track thread. BBC nailed it; it just seems there is a lot of news coverage that is telling us things that are not happening, which is unusual because normally you get to hear about things that *are* happening.

There's really no value judgement associated with it, just an observation. 8-)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:14 AM

OhioStater said:
But you told me Darth Vader killed my father...!

Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:58 AM


That photo is *not* unfunny, Billy.

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:58 AM
Sunday, September 25, 2011 6:08 PM

Very cute. :)

Monday, September 26, 2011 5:47 AM

Jeff said:
I guess you see what you look for. My focus has certainly been on the huge load of new rides coming next year. It feels like 2000 all over again.

That's pretty much how I see it as well. :)

Monday, September 26, 2011 12:51 PM

Not coaster related, but I thought this was appropriate considering the subject. More in the 'stuff not happening' department:

Washington Monument won't reopen anytime soon


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