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About roland303

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    Can I park my donkey here?
  • Birthday 04/15/1972
  1. Thanks! Yeah, I figured somewhere like Disneyland is a better bet for young kids. We may be going there (Disneyland) this winter with my mother-in-law (her favorite place). It's just that the direction we come from (Fresno area),we pass SFMM on the way to L.A. and my daughter has pointed it out before, indicating she wants to go there. She definitely has an appetite for rides (LOVES Santa Cruz Boardwalk) but I had a feeling that SFMM was just too much in the way of older kids and adult rides and not enough kids stuff.
  2. Playing Capsized and Atom Zombie Smasher on PC. Been thinking about Frozen Synapse...... . And I'm waiting for both Tribes games to be released (Tribes:Ascend and Firefall).
  3. Hi, kinda new-ish. I've been thinking about visiting SFMM with my kids (right now, they're 2 and 5). What age do you think the park starts being more appropriate for them to visit? I know a lot of rides won't open up to them until they're at least 4 feet tall (which my daughter is almost at) but should I wait a couple of more years before visiting?
  4. That looks like an interesting dark ride. It kinda reminds me of Fire in the Hole from Silver Dollar City. I do find it odd that they are going with what could be easily construed as a morbid tribute to Appalachian/Pennsylvanian coal mining history but then again, the original Fire in the Hole had paintings of local legends the Baldknobbers, who where essentially a riff on the Klan.
  5. I am re-reading Mike Mignola's and Christopher Golden's Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. It's really quite good with excellent woodcut-inspired artwork. For those with a Bram Stoker/H.P. Lovecraft thing with some exotic mythologies thrown in for good measure (Nordic, Romanian, Italian, Native American). I recommend it! Also, some Conan adventures with Kurt Busiek writing and Cary Nord illustrating. Not really "horror" but there are a lot of creepy moments in that series.
  6. Nice TR! You were at SFDK the same weekend I was! I have to agree with your ride assessments except I didn't do Kong (oh hell no) and I thought Roar! was not too rough. Medusa was only a 25 minute wait on a Sunday afternoon. Now I need to get us over to Santa Cruz to the Boardwalk! And Santa Cruz is a great town for just cruisin' and chillin'. Of course, there are too many damn vampires.... .
  7. Thanks! I was surprised on how well the zoo/aquarium displays went with the park overall. The rides by themselves are good but wouldn't make a fabulous park. And it helps that my daughter goes ape*&^% over animals in general. While not everything is geared for the whole family, there are so many varied attractions that any age of person can find something. I am glad my two-year old had such a great time, I was a little worried that she would be overwhelmed or scared by a lot of things. The funny thing was, she kept wanting to go on the big coasters like Roar! ! She'd point and go "Coaster
  8. It was a fantastic day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this last weekend with awesome cool weather cooperating. It helped that a potentially nightmarish trip (nine adults, seven children) went as smoothly as it could have gone. On to the TR! I had never been to the park before, so I was eager to hit some rides before it got too crowded. Thanks to some good advice from other TPR members (mahalo to everyone), I was able to hit everything I wanted to and even a couple of things that I didn't. The park itself is set in a nice area by the bay, with an brackish inlet coming up to the backside of
  9. Nice Better Off Dead reference! Jeez, this place looks awesome.
  10. Thanks all! Not only is it my daughter but my 4-year old nephew and 2 and half year old niece, plus in-laws galore. Just figured a ride here and there would be a nice break now and then. If I can, I will try a TR. But since I'm not hitting half the rides, not sure if it will be "complete".
  11. Any suggestions? I'm going there this Sunday with family in tow (including my two-year old daughter). I would like to ride Roar and Medusa, other rides are only secondary interest. Thanks!
  12. Just asking. I went there a few years ago and while I don't have any photos, it was an interesting little park. One of those "hybrid" parks where they have both a water park and a traditional theme park area, it was definitely a little hit-and-miss. The "theme park" area is across a small man-made lake from the water park area. It contained a small to medium sized woodie called Thunderhawk which is by far the best thing in the park. And it of itself is probably only a moderately thrilling ride with some nice headchoppers, some fast but small drops, and a very convoluted track. Not a lot of air
  13. Yay for Enchanted Forest and Thrillsville!! I used to live in Corvallis; we hit the Enchanted Forest one summer day. I have to say, it's not a bad park ,especially for those in the 5-12 age range. Ice Mountain is one strange coaster, a bit of a terrain coaster with a little Space Mountain thrown in. Yes, the haunted house was surprisingly good (and old-school). Even had the musty smell down pat! And Thrillsville- too bad. I just rode the Ripper, a very fun if scary mouse-like coaster. I think it was starting to fade even when I rode it in 2004; it had noticeable rust all around, squeaking, and
  14. That cat-thing is Doraeman, super popular in Japan and Korea. He's in manga, anime, etc. Probably see rides themed with this guy everywhere.
  15. Pete4Winds, the Curtis Wilbur sounds awfully familiar. I too did the Nav, from 92'-96', and am a plankowner on the USS Lake Erie, an Aegis-class guided missle cruiser that was stationed out of Honolulu. Also did Dubai, Guam, Singapore, HK, and did Pusan, Jeddah, Oman, Perth, Darwin, and Egypt. Went to Mogadishu to help extract Marines and of course we hovered around the Persian Gulf in case something happened. We busted a lot of date smugglers. Yes, you heard that right- date smugglers. As in the kind you eat..... . I did take in a theme park in Singapore (to keep things relevant to this
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