Or I may have it wrong. I usually do. :)
Maybe I am missing your point Matt, and if I am, I apologize. I don't expect coaster enthusiasts to comprise a community any more than Yankees fans to comprise a community. Still, there is something strong that links those people together, and sooner or later there is going to be an opinion or two that is pretty much shared by all. As a Yankees fan, I know Yankees fans are pissed about Joe Torre being allowed to walk, sad to see Don Mattingly go and thrilled to see A-Rod take a hike. I realize not all Yankees fans feel that way, but enough of them feel those things that it can reasonably be assumed the opinion of Yankees fans in general. Does that make any sense?
Anyone who was at SRM in 2003 knows what the worst year to be an enthusiast was.
For the Record here's a list of "Bummer" Events I've lived through since I joined ACE.
1981. Edgewater Park Closes (I was one of the last persons to ride its Coaster before they tore it down.)
1984. The Wildcat @ Idora Park Burns Down, Park Closes at the end of the Season.
1993. Bob-Lo Island Closes
2001. 9/11 (Was anybody here at a Park when this happened?)
2004. Miracle Strip Closes
2005. Astroworld and Libertyland Close
2006 Myrtle Beach Pavilion and Grand Prix Park Close.
2007 Geauga Lake Closes
Life goes on. I was able to add a Baker's Dozen Roller Coasters this year (I may ride one more this December) and I have at least 10 Coasters lined up for next year. New Rides will open and old ones will be torn down, and yes, I'll be dismayed when a favorate ride is removed, but that's life!
Rob Ascough said:
Does that make any sense?
It makes sense that there can be rough consensus (not total agreement) within the group, I agree with that. I just don't think that there's many events that effect can or could effect us as a community as a whole, or at least not enough to label a year as good, bad, worst, best, etc. Which was born out in this thread, with people instead choosing to say "Well, personally for me, my year was..." such and such. We don't react to things as a community because I don't think we are one.
A better sports comparison would be "baseball fans" in general instead of just Yankees fans. Asking "Has this been a good year for baseball fans" could mean anything depending on which baseball fans you mean. Same with coaster enthusiasts, I just don't think there's enough commonality there.
Crazy stuff - 10 missing bumper cars. The park manager has been evicted and sued.
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I wouldn't say worst EVER. That's a lot of years...
Some need a little perspective. There was a time when SFOT only had 3 coasters, if I recall correctly. And when Shock Wave, Gemini, etc. were the TTDs, Griffons and Kingda Kas of their time, before we had Magnum.
Yeah, but back then we didn't know any better. It's not like I went to Hersheypark when there were three coasters and sooperdooperlooper was the main attraction and thought to myself, "gee, this place will be so much better when there are ten coasters and Lightning Racer comes along." Years ago, the idea of a park having ten coasters was an absurd thought.
And is that why every major player is gearing towards families now?
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