Sunday, October 5, 2003 12:15 PM
I thought I'd be the first to post a thank you to GCI for opening up their office to us enthusiasts. It was an informative and intriguing tour that was very much enjoyed. Anyone else who wishes to add can do so... :)

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Sunday, October 5, 2003 1:36 PM
I went there, and it was awesome. By the way Jeff was talking, it sounds like he's planning to do the same next year. It was a great idea, and I would also like to thank Jeff, Jeff's wife (for bringing the donuts ;)), and Chris for providing a great and insightful tour of their design and assembly facility. Thanks guys!
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Sunday, October 5, 2003 1:49 PM
Sounds cool!

I'm going to ask a lazy question (or 2):

When? How?

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I want to live where it's all the same.
I want to live where it's all just like today.
I want to live where it's always Saturday.

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Sunday, October 5, 2003 2:25 PM
I had a good time I was there the entire time! I'd love to help put a Millennium Flyer train together. It's good to know that people who build the rides have the love for the coaster community like the parks.

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Sunday, October 5, 2003 2:27 PM
Were you there at 1:45? I may have seen you, but I'm not sure.

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I'm a loser.

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Sunday, October 5, 2003 4:59 PM
Kudos to Jeff and GCI for opening their office to coaster enthusiasts. I'm insanely jealous of all you who got to visit!
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Nashville needs a theme park!
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Sunday, October 5, 2003 5:24 PM
I must have missed the memo...what are you guys talking about

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I am one.
I am Turbo.
Top Thrill in the front row... anything else is lame
X...Whoa

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Sunday, October 5, 2003 5:50 PM
Jeff Pike invited people to the GCI facilities near Knoebels for a Post-PPP tour.
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Sunday, October 5, 2003 8:14 PM

Yes, thank you GCI for letting us take a peek behind the scenes of building a coaster. I can't believe all the responsibilities that each employee has behind each and every part of the ride. It really seems like everyone serves a vital part in the building of their coasters.

It was definately something beyond expectations, also a pleasure to meet Jeff and Chris. I really hope they do this again in the future for other enthusiasts or others that are just plain curious.

~Rob

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Monday, October 6, 2003 6:16 AM
The trip to GCI made it worth the fact we stayed overnight in Danville and had a crappy room.

Many thanks to GCI for opening up their offices and letting us wander around freely. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Chris talk about all that he does there. Very cool!

I hope they enjoyed us all as visitors, and be willing to open up again next year.

Thanks Jeff and Chris!!


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Monday, October 6, 2003 7:00 AM
Where was your horrible room in Danville? I'd like to know so I know where NOT to go in the future!

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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Monday, October 6, 2003 7:53 AM
While we are on the subject of GCI, id like to know what happened to Mike Boodley? Hes not on the websight any more so i figuured he left the company. Does anyone know why he would leave the company he started?
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Monday, October 6, 2003 1:43 PM
Mike retired after either Lightning Racer or Gwazi. He still has ties to GCI but is not as active as before. He still shows up on the construction sites and gives advice but he's not dealing with the main headaches.

I think Clair, Jeff and Chris are doing just fine. With the quality rides they are building I think they will be around for a long time.
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Monday, October 6, 2003 1:49 PM
Oh i see. I didnt think Mike was all that old. Maybe he made enough money to retire early, or maybe he reached his goal of designing 15 coasters like he said on the show about the construction of Lightning Racer. Best of luck to Mike in whatever he is doing.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 6:44 AM

Rob Ascough said:
Where was your horrible room in Danville? I'd like to know so I know where NOT to go in the future!

Rob: We stayed at the Red Roof Inn. Never again. For the price I paid there should have been mints on the pillows and catering service. I've already e-mailed their corporate customer service to complain.

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Men are like parking spaces... the good ones are all taken and the rest are handicapped or too far away.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 6:49 AM

TiggerMan said:


Rob: We stayed at the Red Roof Inn. Never again. For the price I paid there should have been mints on the pillows and catering service. I've already e-mailed their corporate customer service to complain.

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I've always considered that one of the better Red Roof properties. True, it's definitely not worth the $80 or so they were charging this past weekend. We usually stay there Knoebels opening weekend for $30 or so and never had any problems.

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CoasterSue@aol.com


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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:49 PM
I agree with Sue -- I've never had a problem with that Red Roof. I'd booked the Days Inn across the street for this year's PPP, but didn't get a chance to actually check it out. Next year, perhaps...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:56 PM
I have always wondered why Mike Boodley left GCII... did he get discouraged when the company went a few years without new coaster orders and decided to run before things potentially got bad? When they first built Hershey's Wildcat, he seemed very enthused about the idea of his own company and what he wanted to do with it... I wonder what happened in that relatively short time to make him change his mind?

But, as it has been said, GCII seems to be doing just fine. I suppose that 1 big project per year is enough to keep the company in the black?

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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