I'm also new here. I live in New Zealand which, believe me, is NOT a good place to live if you're a coaster enthusiast! However, I got my first taste for coasters when I plucked up the courage to ride an SDC Galaxi when I was a kid at New Zealand's now-defunct Footrot Flats amusement park (yes, that was the name - after a Kiwi comic book series).
In 1986 I finally went upside down on an Arrow Loop & Corkscrew at Rainbow's End in Auckland, which is still operating and pretty much our only major coaster. Oh, well.
In May I'm off to Georgia and Florida and really satisfy my thrillseeker urges. Fun!