Does it bother (well annoy) anyone else here how the GP (and some enthusiasts) use the additional "the" before speaking of rides. Ex. I went on the Kraken. How long is the line for the Montu, etc. Just a little pet peeve and I want to know if anyone else notices this.
Yeh I realize that you might not be, but its just incredibly redonculous (yes indeed I did say that) how people bash other people who don't happen to be as passionate toward a hobby (I guess you could call roller coasters that) as they are...
I notice and it annoys me. I'm an editor so I can't help it.
Note, however, that some rides do have the "the" as part of the name (The Beast and The Racer at PKI come to mind).
Off-topic, but do you know what else is annoying? When someone finds out you're an enthusiast, and they say something like, "Hey, have you rode dat one ride that goes like this [makes swirl in air]? The Batman or something? It's at dat park with the really fast ride?"
EDIT: Dawn, people around here do the same for Kroger and Meijer. *** Edited 4/9/2004 7:12:59 PM UTC by Den***
I notice it and it bothers me. I notice it most often with grocery stores. It's especially annoying when they add "the" and make it plural. "I'm going to the Krogers."
I'm also bothered when people leave "the" out when it so obviously belongs. We have a couple of trucks that people in the lab use when somebody needs to run an errand or whatever. People write on the sign out sheet "Bill needs green truck on Wednesday." I constantly insert a "the" before green.
"Oh, sure, you mean Batman: The Ride at Six Flags? Great one. There are actually several of those very same coasters at different Six Flags parks in the U.S., and even in Europe. But those parks aren't Six Flags parks anymore, since the company has been in debt for some time and had to sell all of their European parks. They also sold their park in Cleveland, though, to Cedar Fair. There's a Batman coaster there, too, but it's a bit different. Rather than hanging from the track, the train rides on top of the track like a regular coaster, except that the cars are open and your legs still dangle from your seat over the track--it's called a 'floorless' coaster. Although, since Six Flags sold the park, and they are the ones that own the rights to the DC Comics character names, Cedar Fair had to change the name to Dominator. Do you think that name sucks? I don't, but I visit this message board on a daily basis with a bunch of coaster enthusiasts, and a bunch of them think it's a really lame name. What a bunch of whiners though...and they always just spout off everything they know about coasters and stuff when any old Schmoe asks them a coaster-related question, like they have nothing else to talk about...sheesh. What a bunch of dorks. So anyway, have you ridden the one that..."