Speaking of Enthusiast Events

Thursday, October 24, 2002 6:38 PM
There has been a bit of discussion lately on how the true pleasures of enthusiast events like SRM or PPP is the camaraderie of the attendees. However, there have also been comments on how "enthusiasts" can mar the overall park experience. My wife and I are seriously considering attending SRM in 2003. While the visit to HW in itself is worth the trip from Florida, how "open" are the regular attendees to new faces? While I would not expect an engraved invitation to the "inner sanctum", but I would be interested in gaining acquaintance with some of the more eloquent members of this loosely drawn community. I'm not looking for a best friend, just someone to shoot the breeze, have a beer (or Pepsi as the case maybe), and enjoy some excellent rides.

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Okay, I guess I post too often to be a lurker now.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:05 PM

This concern is unwarrented.

Jeff and some others paint people with a brush when nothing could be further from the truth!

I have taken as many as six guest to two SRM's and they have had a ball. You don't see the bickering that gose on in the boards. Quite simply, It dosn't happen and by the general rule of sportsmanship isn't going to.

I have also had a blast at Timbersfest, Media day at IB and some other enthusiast get togethers and I have only seen one instance of anything unpleasant from a participant. This was at a SOB photo shoot that a employee attended and did nothing but slam everything about the park.

If you have any questions about SRM contact Paula directly at jpwerne@holidaywold.com

There may be some people that don't get along but I usually find the ones you have the biggest dissagreements with are sometimes the ones you end up having the most fun with too.

Im saying it's all about friends and fun and if you think Enthusiast are mean or unfriendly, I think your highly mistaken.

Chuck, who had these same concerns before joining the clubs he is in and after joining have found nothing but fun and friendly people.

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Charles Nungester.
Is it about coasters or friends? I say both!

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:08 PM

Well, its amazing how people bond at these events.. The first few hours or so people read nametags to see who you are and where you are from. Its real easy to talk to enthusiasts in line, especially at a park like Holiday World. I will give you an example..

SRM 2002, Saturday morning ERT.. while waiting in line to get into SS, I noticed someone in front of me that I had seen on television before. He and I had spoken many times via e-mail and I wasnt sure he would remember me. I tapped him on his shoulder and said "hello!". He turned around and said "Hello, I'm Robert Coker". I introduced myself and he immediately remembered me. We spent the rest of the day and night hanging out and riding rides in the same group. Since the rest of my party werent hardcore enthusiasts, the didnt know who he was. But, by the end of the day we were all laughing and having a good time together. Since that time, he and I speak on the phone weekly and we are partnering together on some future projects

The moral is.. go to the events and take that first step towards us. I guarantee you we will meet you half way!

Chris G.

See you at SRM next year!

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:11 PM

Dad, you'll LOVE it....even some of us "not-so-eloquent" folks go and have a good time....we'll be at SRM '03! The senseless bickering you see sometimes on the board is just from people ticked off that they're not at a park right NOW...;). You'll meet some cool people, and then the events get *even funner*....SRM and PPP aren't the best times to get a BUNCH of rides, but they are great places to meet up with fellow enthusiasts - "power-riding" can be had at many other events, but where else can you find enthusiasts from 35-40 states....

bill, who loves meeting up with friends from around the country at places like HW...and has only been "at it" for about three years...

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:12 PM

Well it depends on if there are Enthusiasses around or Enthusiasts. The majority out there are enthusiasts but there are a few that nit pick and bolt count everything out there and make things unbearable.

I have had great fun at events with my own group of friends, it's all in the company you keep.

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*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 10/25/2002. ***

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:16 PM

I think that most enthusiasses are only asses when in the company of the GP. Like they're trying to impress people or show off or they think they're somehow higher than the GP.

At events, when everyone knows that everyone else is just as into coasters, everyone bonds over the common thread.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 8:15 PM

It's good to hear that the enthusiasses stay home, or at least low key. I could really care less which engineer worked for 3 minutes on some ride in central Europe, or whether Superman the Escape is a roller coaster. If the ride is fun, what difference does it make. I get easily frustrated with people who can only see the bad, or who espouse opinions based on emotion without accepting that emotional opinions are the hardest to support (see religion and politics).

My SRM anticipation factor has just moved up a notch. Thanks.


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Okay, I guess I post too often to be a lurker now.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 8:50 PM
CoasterDad, don't worry about knowing anyone. I went to SRM, Coastermania and CoasterBuzzCon by myself last year and was welcomed into other groups without hesitation. In fact at CBuzzCon I merged into MagnumForce's group and we had a blast - go team "We're not wet...YET!!!" ;)

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Friday, October 25, 2002 2:02 AM
Okay, let me be that "Jiminy Cricket"-like bug in the ointment and say that coastertools *do* frequent these events. HOWEVER, with so many other "decent" folks around you are not likely to spend much, if any time with these assmunchers.

I have to agree that the arguments tend to go way down. For example, Nate (coasterdude318) and I are *notorious* for pretty much not agreeing on anything, yet when we met @ SRM2000 I dont think we had one arguement of any depth. But if you're scared you wont meet anyone, bring your own friends. I dont think I know anyone with even a slight interest in parks that wouldnt enjoy Holiday World for example.
lata, jeremy
--who would not characterize a religious belief as an "emotional opinion"...it's deeper than that for me

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Friday, October 25, 2002 4:41 AM
I attended PPP for the first time and i'm 13 and I had a great time. ALso it wasn't all enthusiasts. I saw a lot of the GP.

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Friday, October 25, 2002 4:53 AM

After 6 kids, I am not afraid of much, certainly not a coaster nerd/tool/troll/mucher or two. But I will admit to not enjoying things as much when the welcome mat has been removed.

I am loooking forward to the possibilty of actually putting real faces (not just on-ride photos) with names.

I was wondering how long the religion comment would go without notice. I'm not knocking religion, or emotion based opinions, I have a few myself. I just get aggitated with folks who don't realize that some things, like religion and politics, will never have a true consenus.

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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:04 AM

Charles Nungester said:

This concern is unwarrented.

Jeff and some others paint people with a brush when nothing could be further from the truth!



I think you mean unwarranted, and your truth certainly doesn't qualify as mine. If you're gonna drag my name into it at least get it right.

First the good. Events like Stark Raven Mad kick more ass than Jackie Chan on a crack binge. The rides are like a religious experience and the atmosphere at night is pretty electric. It would take extreme circumstances to keep me away from that event.

However...


I could really care less which engineer worked for 3 minutes on some ride in central Europe, or whether Superman the Escape is a roller coaster. If the ride is fun, what difference does it make.


These are the kinds of people that unfortunately appear in numbers and are hard to avoid. If that's their thing, great, but it's not a social circle I can stand in for long periods of time.

I had a conversation the other day with a couple of enthusiasts who are fairly well known in the community for various reasons, and we noticed that unfortunately some people think that because you're involved with Web sites, TV shows or club offices that you're ready to be their best friend. I'm happy to meet anyone and chat for a bit, but some people don't seem to understand that in the long run we'd like a little privacy, to enjoy our day with our spouse and close friends, riding, but generally talking about our normal lives. (I had some stalker asshole following me around trying to take a picture of me at last year's SRM... what's that about?)

But that group is what you need to find. Enthusiasts come in all types with different interests and backgrounds. It's like high school, or work, or whatever. Once you find that group and fit into that clique, events are even more fun and you'll likely make friends with people that you invite to weddings, parties, etc.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
"There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, when it's all in your mind. You gotta let go." - Ghetto, Supreme Beings of Leisure

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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:11 AM

Being human beings some enthusiasts can be know it alls or tools. My gf and I have met a few who if we see them at other events we RUN the other way. There is nothing worse to us then having to hear someone ramble on and on about how many times/how high/whos better, it is nothing short of an effort to sound like the almighty to everyone around them. We are long time members of ACE but dont announce that to anyone, nor do we go out of our way to brag about our personal records. We prefer to hang with the GP basically because their excitement is refreshing
My gf would agree Im sure. That is what is so cool about hanging at Coney-the enthusiasts are few and far between thank goodness. When there is a special event there we stay AWAY!

Dave
Who has met some REAL winners
Who can see Cyclone from our patio


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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:29 AM
I'm not an ACE member (but I am a Coaster Zombie member), and I love coasters/flats/drop towers and the ocassional log flume or two. I have made a lot of friends through coasting, but I haven't felt the need to go to an event yet. I think hearing 200 people all talking about coasters stats/favorite coasters would drive me up the wall.
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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:40 AM
The biggest reason Im an ACE member is because of their dedication to support the small parks, and some of my enrollment goes to the parks directly. I also support them by attending. I even bought two Whales for Whalom.

But the events are just a bonus to me.

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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:42 AM

Viper136: Kind of sounds like an IT industry thing too. More folks I'd like to get hookers and beer for!

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
"There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, when it's all in your mind. You gotta let go." - Ghetto, Supreme Beings of Leisure

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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:59 AM

Jeff says:

"I had some stalker asshole following me around trying to take a picture of me at last year's SRM... what's that about?"

Sorry 'bout that, Jeff...I needed pics for my new website, CoasterWebmasterStuds.com ;-)

Moosh - who, on a serions note, agrees with Chris Godsey's comment "...go to the events and take that first step towards us. I guarantee you we will meet you half way!"

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Friday, October 25, 2002 8:39 AM

My kids and I have attended several events. Met a lot of good people and a very few jerks. 80% of the day, being at an event isn't a whole lot different from being at the park any other day. The other 20% consists of food and ERT, 2 of my favorite things.

I haven't been to PPP yet. I suspect that it is somewhat different since the park is open only for enthusiasts the entire day.

Media days and film shoots are a bit different. You spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for things. Often the rest of the park is not open. This leaves you with relatively little to do other than talk to fellow enthusiasts.

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Friday, October 25, 2002 9:01 AM

We went to media day at IB for Locosumo and I met Scott and Carol, the Ace reps from my area and they are really nice. There was one older gentleman there and he was stuck up. I tried talking to him about the coaster when we all looking it over, but he bascically ignored me and my fiance so I started talking to the more decent people there. I wanted to tell him off. I thought he was a real jerk and I still do. This guy was in his late 50's too, and an ACE member. Don't get me wrong. I'm going to become an ACE member and most of them are good people. I'm just trying to say don't let one bad apple like that guy spoil your fun. It was nasty cold and rainy that day we went and I still had a blast meeting everyone.

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Friday, October 25, 2002 9:35 AM

Geesh, I didnt know Paul Reuben attended that event...hehehe ;)

If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's probably a duck! :)

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