Let's face it. It's a pretty lousy moniker. Coming from some recent posts I've read, we need a better term for what we are. I mean, to have "enthusiasm" for a roller coaster isn't all that hard. We're not all "Acers" anyway.
What I'm asking for is simple; name what we are. Coaster nerd? Rail Jockey? I don't know, but just about anything would be better than "enthusiast".
Let's have your best ideas. I'm sure someone out there can pick a title that we would all be proud to call ourselves without sounding like you have a lisp every time you say it.
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Freak and connosseur and words I hear used to describe coaster lovers a lot. I like coaster freak personally. ----------------- "It looks like they just decided to hang up wheat all over the park" - my friend Steve, describing the FearFest decorating at Kings Island.
Gravitationally-enhanced humanoids RULE! Seriously, I'm an alliteration freak, so I'll go with Rail-Riders, Speed-seekers, Airtime-airheads, and, for the kids, Woodie- wuvvers! ----------------- the buzzer formerly known as gatorwoodie Son of Drop Zone - PKI CoasterCamp I Champions!!!
I'm a PO!NTER. God I hate that E word and the A word more than anything. Then again I help but enthusiasm back in enthusiast! ----------------- Daniel Haverlock magnum count :2166 www.spiritofthepoint.com
Well I *am* a coaster enthusiast and proud of it. But I'm also very self defined, it's not a matter of what clubs I belong to, how many people in the "industry" I know or how many zillions of coaster I've ridden. It's more of a personal thing for me, although I have met some wonderful people through this hobby. I try to be careful not to totally base my opinions on what I read on the internet, if you did you might think all "enthusiasts" are arrogant, bragging, territorial, spoiled and obssessed.
It's a misrepresentation of the word as the internet tends to draw people who seek attention(like me), which has *nothing* to do with coasters. There *are* people out there who love to ride coasters who could care less about yelling about it on a coaster website. They usually lurk for information but don't care for all the yelling, chest thumping and politics. They are warm, funny and insightful. *They* are the people who most represent the word "enthusiast" IMO.
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