Are many of you planning to visit parks this Sunday? No, I'm not trying to anticipate what crowds are going to be like, but rather wanted to pose a question....
Are you planning to take your dad and make it a special day for him?
Or are you dragging your family along like me? Actually They are not being dragged along, they enjoy the park too, but they would not go nearly as often if it weren't for my insistance that we go to the park several times a month......
So I guess that makes me a true "enthusiast." My ever burning desire to fill all my free days on roller coasters with my family.
oh well...ill be a father some day, and we will definitely be doing some coastering on fathers day!!!! :)
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However, I know what his answer will be. Well, he will say "no" only after he throws me a wierd look. :)
Just like vacoasterfreak, my father also got me into coasters when I was a kid. He had to convince me to ride Demon and Tidal Wave.
Ahhhhh, what the heck!! It doesnt hurt to ask. He hasnt been on a coaster in probably 20 years.
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It's a shame though, because I fondly remember taking several laps, with both of my brothers as well as my parents, on all the coasters at PKD and Hershey when I was a kid. My folks are both 67 now, so I can certainly understand why they are not thrillseekers anymore...not that they ever were to begin with. ;)
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Or are you dragging your family along like me?
I'm dragging my favorite coaster-riding buddy, my 18 year old son., with me to SFGAm. While he would probably rather be with his friends, we have enjoyed close to 200 different coasters together over the past 5 years. Of course, being Father's Day, I get my way (and paying is another incentive)
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*** This post was edited by Riverview Mike 6/13/2003 10:15:17 AM ***
This actually occured before I became a coaster enthusiast. My dad's hobby is racing cars. One of the things he likes to do with his racing buddies to kill time is to go go-karting. Well often, go-karting involves driving out to the Dells for the day and having a good time. They usually go to a track just outside of town that has really fast go-karts but on this particular day, a day that I was actually tagging along with them, my dad and one of his friends ended up getting tossed out for excessive bumping (this isnt unusual, my Dad gets tossed out of more go-kart tracks than anyone I know)
Anyways, we end up going to Big Chiefs. My dad hates go-karting there because the carts are too slow but decides to go and try the "other" location (we had always gone to the location with the San Francisco Freeway track). We end up getting the ride all day passes in anticipation of all day go-karting. That is when my dad saw Cyclops. At the time, Zeus hadnt been built yet and Cyclops actually made one of those Discovery Channel specials.
Something here you should know about my dad. He hates heights. He used to fly a lot for his work and would have near panic attacks when he would get on the plane every time. Walking up on an escalator in a mall bothers him.
My dad and I have never ever been close. Hell we rarely talked. What my dad said to me next shocked the hell out of me... "So, you want to try out that coaster?"
After I picked up my jaw off the ground, I caught up with him as he started up the pathway to the entrance of the coaster. We get up to the platform and my dad says to me, "I saw this ride on the Discovery Channel, they say if you ride in the back you come off your seat." Next thing I know, we are sitting in the back seat of Cyclops and heading up the hill. Now remember, I am not yet an enthusiast. I had no comprehension of the airtime that lay ahead. We zip through the course of the ride, get ripped over the ejector hill and back into the station and off for our second lap. As we crest the hill, my dad has his hands up in the air!!!!
I have never riden another coaster with my dad. I dont know if he has ridden any since then. But it is one memory of my dad that I will always cherish till the day I die. So to my dad I say, Happy Fathers Day, and thanks for the ride.
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