I know I'm not the only person here who has jumped the lines so don't jump on me. I wait in line just like everyone else and yes I cut in line just like others so it ain't nothing to me. *** This post was edited by Derrick Whitsett 6/15/2003 12:30:29 AM ***
I would like to personally state that I have never jumped a line and do anything in my power to at least get people who do it while im in line kicked out of that line if not the park. Hey theres a line because all of the people in it want to ride the ride and first come first serve seems pretty fair to me. Also, I dont mind fastpass type lines, if the park says its ok, its ok with me.
My idea, strike up a conversation with some people in line, I have had some very entertaining discussions happen that way.
------------------ Summer 03-CP, HP, Canobie, SFNE, SFWOA, and SFGAm.
Derrick, most people do NOT line jump. I WILL call ops over and have linejumpers thrown out, so be warned.
------------------ --Greg, aka Oat Boy My page "Mary Jane, don't you cry, you can give it a try, Again when the sequel comes out" -- Weird Al, Ode to a Superhero *** This post was edited by GregLeg 6/15/2003 12:46:14 AM ***
I have met some of the most wonderful people while waiting in line, some of which have gone on to become very good friends, indeed. After all, we're all at these parks and in line at these extreme rides for one very good reason: because we love amusement parks and great rides! Some absolutely incredible experiences can be had whilst waiting in a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry looooooooooooong line. I had a recent experience at CP while waiting for TTD that was absolutely life affirming.
However, a caveat must be issued: that does NOT mean that you have, as a licensed and well-traversed enthusiast, the free rein to dissertate at such length to the person next to you about your various exploits and how many coasters you've been on in the past 30 days (unless they ask, of course!) I've seen too many enthusiasts that are so "enthused" by their own riding resume that they've turned an entire queue into a hoard of shifting zombies ("Who is this guy? Can we get away from him fast enough?")
Discretion is, after all, the better part of valor. Find your fellow enthusiasts in line, share your insights and commentary (I always enjoy getting the wheel dimensions myself) and leave the Joe Parkster Dude to his own devices.
If you are fortunate enough to find other people of your ilk, you can really make those queue turns rip by as you share your coaster hopes, dreams and ambitions.
I'll bring a book, or my anti-skip cd player. That way if I someone does cut in front of me, I can whack them over the head with the player without interrupting the flow of my music while teaching them a valuable lesson in self preservation.
I talk with my pals until we run out of topics, then I'll stare at the "theming" and then I'll doze off into some thoughts about being elsewhere, after which I generally get very depressed and becoming somewhat aggressive, at which point I'll just switch myself off and become part of the mind numbed mass wishing all of this would be over soon.
If lines are just normal length, we usually discuss things about the ride and make predictions of how well of a ride it's going to be (if we haven't ridden it before). Although it's very childish in sense, if lines are really long we play I-SPY. No joke, you'd be surprised at how quickly it kills the time!!!
Derrick, you are a dumbass (sorry for the language). You just told people you line jump. That has to be the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Its like standing in line for TTD during ERT at an enthusiast event, then blatently screaming out 'Look at me, I just jumped the line. HAHAHA.' How stupid.
Back on topic: A good game to play is count the Mullets, or just take a Game Boy. I've done both. The only problem with the Game Boy is that you have 2 choices. Leave it in the station for some to steal, or take it on the ride and get it smashed. I took mine on the ride, and cracked the screen. After that I just gave it to my mom. It was useless anyway. One last idea is girl watching, (my personal favorite). I've met many hot girls by doing this. I almost got a girlfriend one time, but she never game me her phone number and left before I could give her mine. That was my most exciting, and most depressing day at Hershey Park. ------------------ My mind works in strange ways. Yeah with a chain driven lift hill and gravity.
It ain't like ya'll know who I am so why not? I do it once in a while and if I get caught, all the park people do is tell me to get off the line and I get back in the line so it ain't nothing to me. *** This post was edited by Derrick Whitsett 6/15/2003 11:08:32 PM ***
Top ten lists get me and my friends through long waits. We will top ten about everything. TV, movies, music, coasters, books, theater, and sports have all been subjects. We just come up with a category and off we go.
------------------ I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, 'cause every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right. -Ani Difranco
Most of the people I have as 'coaster buddies' I have met by just starting a conversation in line... so, whenever the line looks a bit long, try to start a converation. Best starters are.."Is this your first time riding this?' and/or 'do you ride coasters much?'
...and remember kiddies. line jumping is NOT a sporting event ;)
------------------ roller coasters aren't my whole life, they just make my life whole *** This post was edited by ebeth 6/16/2003 12:42:59 AM ***