when ever i am at a park, and i am waiting to ride a coaster, there is always somebody talking about the coaster. but what anoys me is that they have no idea what they are talking about, like they would call a flat spin on B&M coaster, a "twisty turny thingy" and they tell people this and yet they have no idea what they are saying. sometimes i just want to correct them on every word they said, and they exagurate on the stats. i mean these people are acting like they know how coasters work, and what are the elements. has this ever happend to you, this is just my opinion, what do you think??
um... actually.... a flat spin's correct term would be "in-line twist"
Sorry I couldn't help myself. :) Yes, sometimes people like that can be annoying, but we have to be thankfull for those people. They:
A: unfortunately are the majority that ride coasters, and make them popular B: if they ride a coaster and don't know what they're talking about, and they like it, chances are they'll do their homework and become one of us. So basically, we were them once, and they are the "roller coaster intelligent's" future.
------------- HEY LADY... IT'S CALLED AN ARROW PEICE OF ARTWORK! NOT "THAT LOOPY THING"!
*** This post was edited by SFGAManiac on 11/13/2000. ***
I have said things like "twisty turny thing" for a very good reason. I don't hang out with hoards of coaster enthusiasts and if I said "flat spin" nobody with me would know what I was talking about! I doubt even "coaster enthusiasts" can universilly agree on the "correct" term for an element. Time to lighten up on the jargon.
Mr William Coaster fan, Remember you are not the only one allowed to ride the coaster! Who cares if they didn't get the name right. They still paid the money and they love them just as much as we do. This is why people avoid coaster freaks. Anyway they must know something if they were queuing for the back seat which I trust you were in your infinite knowlege about coasters.
Well, sometimes I want to correct people as well (the unrequited teacher within me), but I stop short for two reasons: 1. It's an X Z conversation, Y the hell am I even listening. That is, I should be minding my own business as they are not talking to me.
2. To assume that people would know everything about something I love with a passion would be presumptous and rude. I dont know everything about say 'water polo' but I enjoy watching the matches. If someone unsolicited were to correct me with a 'superior' attitude, I would probably tell them where to go and how to get there.
But hey, that's why they call me too hostile ;). lata, jeremy
. . .besides "twisty turning thing" isn't technically wrong. It is a twisty turning thing! Much different then spreading outright lies or misinformation "Blue Streak sucks, that's why their gonna tear it out and make Raptor longer" (heard this summer from a group of backward baseball capped teenagers who where smoking in line).
The only things that I hate hearing are the inflated number of deaths that the GP somehow hears about. That Magnum comment about the entire first train dying sort of thing is just a bad image for any person to have for a coaster. I will usually correct people who think that coasters are, by definition, a dangerous proposition.
I was talking to a guy on 11-10 at SFMM who was sure that Colossus was the largest woodie in the world. I corrected him, but in a nice way, admitting that at one time Colossus was the record holder, but no longer.
------------- So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
I too, have noticed people in line exaggerating about stats, deaths, whatever. I was also at SFMM on 11/10, and in the Batman line I overheard a kid saying that Goliath was the fastest coaster in the world. I wanted to chime in and say "Well, it used to be..." but didn't because I hate when people interrupt my conversations, so why would I do the same. Now, when I become my alter ego, Captain Jackass, I tend to make sarcastic comments about what kids say in line, to mess with them. You should try it, it's fun! ;) Anyways, my point is essentially the same as everyone elses: it doesn't matter what people say about the coaster. All they want to do is ride it. They could really care less about who built it, when it was built, how long it is or how many different bolts were used to build it. That's why they are the general public and we are the coaster enthusiasts. The two go hand in hand, and one cannot survive without the other. If we didn't have the GP, then we would be coaster history lovers, not enthusiasts, because all the coasters would be closed. Think about that. :)
I just think it's funny listening to general ramblings. Stuff like Knoebels was bought by Dorney Park, This coaster is possessed by Satan himself and while in the tunnel if you look back you can see him, The Space Shot launced people into orbit thats how it got it's name, just silly stuff. On occasion I'll jump into a conversation and correct people but usually let them go on to just listen to the silly rumors/ stories. The way I look at it everything gets changed from word of mouth from one person to another. I figure as long as people are in line they have an attraction to the ride whether it killed all people on board it's first trip, goes 185 mph, or has a twisty, turny, thing.
I don't say anything but just laugh at how wrong they are. It is quite rude to say something like that unless approached in a certain way. If somebody said something out of line or TOTALLY long, I would defintely say something.
Who cares about what other people say about the coaster? They probably got the info from a drunk guy named bob and are just restating it to whomever they are talking to to make themselves sound "coaster-intelligent" Haven't any of you ever said something to anybody about something you thought was right. Also.. Aren'tus coaster enthusiasts part of the general public? What ya'll are saying is that the General Public who visit theme parks are dumb in this subject.
I never, *ever* even wish to correct anybody, I just chuckle to myself. Let them believe they are riding the world's tallest, fastest rollercoaster, who is it hurting? Actually it may add to their experience. Even more irritating to me are those smarty-pants who feel the need to correct everybody to make himself feel more intelligent than he is.
------------- SOMETHING IS COMING!!! In 2001 a new *beast* will rise at SFMM.
It annoys me, but you have to relize compared to how many people go to themeparks there aren't that many of us. I mean any normal person likes roller coasters. But not that many people obsess. I bet that some people would get mad if you can't every chapter in a Harry Potter book.
Sometimes, William, I get that very same urge except that it is about punctuation, grammar, usage, and capitalization. But then I remember that life is short, and we all have our own "bent" for different things....
So I don't press it; I just try to have some fun with it--in any circumstance. Sometimes, especially in a coaster line, you can have much more fun by "playing dumb!"