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Louise

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  1. Just caught up on all this, I LOVE that you're both posting updates now! Great pictures, great captions too, really enjoying this. Bonus points for quoting Rob Reiner's mother in When Harry Met Sally!

     

    Was a pleasure to meet you both, shame we didn't hang out much and despite sitting so close to you on the bus on many of the long drives, as you might've noticed I pretty much use the bus as a bed, which sucks actually as I didn't get to know as many people on the drives as usual! Glad to see you both enjoyed the trip, I know a lot of us who've done a few trips now get a real kick out of seeing new people have so much fun, I'm sure we'll see you again!

     

    I'm honoured that I got to witness some of the lesser-spotted Kiwi photography methods at the St. Louis Arch, what with lying on the ground and all...

  2. I was disappointed at the fact that I enjoyed things less than on my previous visit, the attitude of some of the park staff was appalling in many places on this visit (exception being the guy at LoCoSuMo and the guy at the rope at Steel Hawg... Were they one and the same?? They were great, regardless), though on my only previous visit there were like half a dozen people total in the park so I guess my perspective then was skewed. Despite that though, I had a great day and still like the park, it was just a shame to me that some things seemed to have deterioriated.

     

    Chuck, this captured the day really well in my opinion, I felt like this day was chilled-out fun, there was no real urgency or rushing to do anything, just good company and a nice amount of wandering around and chatting. And getting covered from head to toe in the messiest ice-cream in history. LOL.

  3. Chuck, I love your trip reports, this one is no exception.

     

    Random thoughts:

    *Glad you like the red hair

    *LOVE the picture of me, Jon, Kyle and Adam in the fun house, that evening at SDC was such good fun and I'm so glad you came and joined us for a few hours

    *I'm in agreement with many of your opinion on the coasters and parks thus far; a major exception to thist is Ninja - there have been dozens of coasters where a majority of people seem to think they're great/okay/comfortable and yet they cause me great great pain... Ninja is the reverse - everybody else seems to hate it, and yet my ride was perfectly comfortable except for one moderate jolt! Perhaps I've finally found a ride built for my height and build?! Who knows.

    *City Museum was crazy, and although I wouldn't/couldn't do some of the stuff, I had an absolute BLAST seeing everybody almost kill themselves. The Cold Cave rocked. It's funny that everybody sweated MORE at the Museum than at SFStL!!!

     

    I can't wait to see more! And I miss you!

  4. LOL Larry, this whole update was amazing, thanks!!!

     

    Yay Phantasialand. I still just adore that park, even though as time passes I get more and more confused by my own adoration. Kinda like how I feel about Larry... This was a really great day.

     

    I'm so glad you got a picture of Wang, after "I" (note: I actually did not care about finding Wang) spent the day chasing him!

     

    Also YAY for the Hollywood Tour picture, which Dave needs to be notified of immediately as it was seriously taken just for him!

     

     

    I'd also just like to point out that referring to Dominique and Cory as "quality free agents" in the German Fair update made me laugh out loud. I love those guys and that is a perfect description in so many ways!

  5. Lou - Yes, I fail for not pointing out the Condor, it was semi hidden and hard to see behind some trees. Then I double failed in having to ride one alone at the last park of the trip. And thanks for saving all my dull pictures.

     

    I would totally have got on a plane and flown to Hungary or wherever the hell you were to ride a Condor with you! It must be love!

  6. YAY for Laq pics!! And dude, there was a Huss Condor at Gardaland?? Why didn't we ride it?! I don't even remember seeing it! Though I also don't remember riding the rapids...?! I think I DO remember that that might've been the line where we called Cameron to come and pick up the LaqSack, but not the ride itself.

     

    Camera whore!

    Look, you were taking a really rather dull picture of TP and James not paying any attention to you whatsoever, I figured having a curly-haired manically grinning freak in the picture might liven things up!

  7. Lou asked me to take a photo of this tree for Jon. So Jon, here you go. Please tell Lou more about this tree. Thanks.

     

    Um. Ok. Thanks Lou. It looks to be a deciduous tree, which would lose it's leaves in winter if there is a winter. It's pretty large which means it's probably fairly old. It's in an amusement park. That's pretty much all I got.

     

    Disappointed!! It had amazingly beautiful very unusual leaves, though sadly (and this is not an insult to Divv's photography skills, which are rather fabulous) they did not translate as brilliantly to film as I might've liked! I wanted to identify it so I could publicly praise its awesomeness.

     

    Cheers for all this Divv, brilliant report so far and tons of great photos for me to steal! I look FRIGHTENING in the flume photo, far too happy. The photo of Steve/Derek/Cameron/Larry on Katun is brilliant, and the one of me and Scottish being pregnant came out much better than expected! How the eff did Scottish hit his head on those rocks and Russ didn't?! I'm not sure if you realise this but Russ is tall...

     

    Can't wait for part 3!

  8. Did Scottish Steve not get the memo that this was stubble day?!

     

    Scottish Steve is not old enough to have stubble yet.

     

    Scarey hot-dog monster is invading my dreams. Make it stop.

     

    LOL!!

     

    And....

     

    That looks like a fun park. It has a lot of cool roller coasters.

     

    LOL!!!!!!

  9. Did Scottish Steve not get the memo that this was stubble day?! Divv and Scott were both working the slightly-grown look!

     

    I'm trying to be a good person by posting that this was a great report, despite me being bitter about having to stay down here on my own and work while you went up and had fun without me. *sigh* Great report. Love the pic of you and Marley.

     

    The spelling and grammar on those signs made a small part of my soul crawl into a corner and die.

  10. One of my favourite films, and the only VHS tape I still have, as I never got round to buying the DVD when it was finally released a few years back. I love it, so many great moments and quotes. I still have the most enormous crush on (the original) Bender even now!!!

  11. Theres some statistic that says if you have a bad experience you'll tell 10 other people, if you have a good one you'll only tell three.

     

    I'm not being pedantic and correcting you, I just want to point out that it's even WORSE than that, we're a bunch of whiny gits, it's *11* people for a bad experience compared to *1* for a good one, according to at least one study!! But hey, we all like a good whinge.

  12. ^ That's kind of my problem with Trip Advisor....I don't think most people are "constructive" they just want to complain or bash. And personally when I read a review like that I believe it's exaggerated.

     

    --Robb

     

    I'd agree with this: I've done a lot of research on the Europe trip and Scandi trip hotels we stay in for threads on the trip boards, and believe me, as much as I might take FACTS from TripAdvisor (things like where a reviewer mentions a gym down the street where guests get discount that I can then verify exists from other sources even though it may not be mentioned on the hotel website), I rarely pay attention to the reviews. Some of the absolute best hotels I've stayed in on these trips, Europe specifically, have had HORRENDOUS reviews on TripAdvisor.

     

    How many of us write letters of complaint when something goes badly at a hotel or restaurant? I'd bet a fair chunk. How many of us write a letter when we receive EXCELLENT service, or when a hotel is truly fantastic? I'd bet very few. I know for sure that I don't. I SHOULD, but I don't. It works the same way.

  13. YOU'RE ALL SAYING "QUEUE LINE" TO ANNOY ME, STOP IT IMMEDIATELY!!

     

     

    For anybody needing some background, Scottish Steve is essentially the most easily startled person who ever lived. So of course, any possible opportunity, we all scare him. Poor guy must've been jumped out on 20 times in the X:\WTF queue/station/exit. So in the Saw queue, a creepy Thorpe guy is stalking along, glaring at people, and Steve thinks he'll be brave and say "BOO!"... Guy doesn't even flinch, but stares at Steve for a good ten minutes, stays completely in characted despite our heckling, and randomly reappears out of nowhere later on in the queue to scare Steve again. Serious Disney/Universal-style quality.

     

    This was one of a number of things that impressed me about Thorpe on this visit as compared to my last. As much as they could perhaps do with a proper people-eater ride that doesn't get as stupid a queue as Saw (when we left, even the Single Rider queue was over 90 minutes), having something that takes all the crowds into one area does mean everything else gets a shorter wait, and it seems this somehow allows all the staff to do their job much better. Perhaps it shouldn't HAVE to be like that, but hey, if it works... I really enjoyed the day.

  14. Good stuff, it was a surprisingly productive day at the park, but you forgot one thing:

     

    AIMEE!!!

     

    That is all...

     

    OH LOL, he wasn't there for that, he didn't ride Rush, hence the lovely picture of us all in the queue!!

     

    Some nice pics, Divv! I definitely have to combine ours and Dave's photos from January and post those too, that was another great weekend that deserves celebrating here!

     

    Coleslaw was pretty decent. I agree with you that it's rough for something brand new, however I feel we must emphasise repeatedly that IT IS NOT ROUGH. Not by any normal scale anyway. Just at this point you'd expect smooth as baby's bottom, which is not what you'll get.

     

    Thorpe employee of the month has to go to Euan at Saw, how freaking funny was he. If any Thorpe employees read this tell him he made our day!

  15. Before I get TOO excited, did he WIN the fight for the super group dinner???????

     

    Wagamama rocks.

     

    EDIT: ^ I didn't think the rapids were bad ride-wise, though I was kinda disappointed with the theming... Maybe I just missed a lot of it as I was trying to keep my face away from the water!! Jungle Coaster was so much fun three years ago but now... It's just a noisy, hot glass box. With rattles. Couple of decent pops of air but that's it's only saving grace. Boooo to deafening riders instead of neighbours.

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