I would tell you, but then I'd have to kill you...j/k :)
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Question: Who do you know personally in the industry?
Answer: Yes. :)
I wouldn't believe anyone who said who they knew, that is if they don't mind losing their source. Then again you might know someone in the Industry who doesn't tell you anything, but that would be very unfortunate for you.
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I know someone in the industry... he's kinda good at what he does too.... oh wait it's me.. ;) ----------------- I may have the inside info... but why be known to everyone.. Downplay it and call me, "The Outsider!" ;)
I know more people in the industry than I care to admit. That doesn't mean they're sources or anything; heck, most of them are simply ride inspectors I've met at various seminars or people I've managed to say "hi" to at IAAPA. I could list some names, but what would be the point? If you don't also know them, what would that tell you? Even worse is the number of people who know me who I don't know. That's the Internet for you, though! :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr. Many acquaintances, no sources.
The People who name drop on these coaster websites, are jokes.. Remember those who name drop on the internet are the ones, who can only do that, Name Drop.. I let people know who I am.. that proves nothing.. plus many of you have never heard of me ;) ----------------- I may have the inside info... but why be known to everyone.. Downplay it and call me, "The Outsider!" ;)
Anyone who says they're somebody but doesn't say who is full of crap, that's for sure, since indicating you know anything in the first place would be a serious industry faux pas. The community is too small. Everyone knows each other to the extent that it's a little creepy.
And even then, you can probably divide your contacts into two distinct types: One is people you talk to, the other is people you have a business relationship with. In the case of the latter, you wouldn't talk publicly about those people as anything more than people you know if you wanted to continue to do business with them.
Of course, why would an enthusiast have a business relationship with anyone in the first place?
----------------- Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com "As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"
While I don't have any "contacts," since I live near CP, I know well some people who have very close contacts with some CP bigshots (like their family, office personnel, etc.) Kinda cool, but nothing really too special. ----------------- "I'm just trying to find a decent melody...A song that I can sing in my own company." - U2 - "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
I know the guy who sells Dippin Dots at CP. He knows all about everything. He told me all about the dueling impulses CP is getting this year, the CCI going on top of DT, the flying Intamin that is replacing WWL, and the floorless that's going in the parking lot. ----------------- Doesn't it seem as though morons always have the caps lock on?
Personally, it sounds like a lot of "delusions of grandure" to me. Knowing someone and just "running into" an "insider" are two differnt things. Go to any park, and you run the chance of bumping into someone in upper management out looking around or on "official business". However, there is a big difference between "knowing" that person, and having that person "exchange pleasantries" with you. There is a big difference between an indepth conversation and simple public relations / common guest courtesy. Reminds me of a quote from a movie.... "Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious... " Yeah, that's first hand information for you. Sounds like a lot of the first hand info relayed in many coaster discussions. Hate to break it to some people, but the guy who sells you dippin-dots or what ever isn't privy to much more "official secret inside information" than the general public... and by general public, I mean ALL OF US (sorry... hate to burst any bubbles, but face it... that is really what we are... General Public who just happen to be coaster fans). And yes, I know that the previous post was said in jest about the dippin dot's guy... I just borrowed that to make my point.
*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 1/7/2002. ***