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About RandallDuell

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    “Fear can make a donkey attack a lion”
  1. How different would Jew’s post had been if, say, SFMM had made this error? [emoji1] I need to do some more reading about this ride - after seeing how the building now looks I realized I have no idea what they’ve done to the old version!
  2. It's almost like people have different opinions! The park has had it's ups and downs over the years, but I never felt it was a "dump" - but, gasp, that's my opinion. Things like the Metro station, and (sadly) now the tower, being SBNO for a long time has always been puzzling to me. Hell, Flashback sat there for quite awhile, too. I guess when I look at the admission/pass price, I just have a different bar set. The park was nicely plotted on the hill, and that along makes for a unique experience ... even with dilapidated areas and bathroom issues. I've been in parks (that I've nev
  3. This seems like a bizarre display of confidence to me - you declare it will be fine, so it will? After it hits land, it's projected to drift back up towards Galveston ... then Houston. There have been multiple tornado warnings, too. I certainly hope you're right, but as unpredictable as the damage from a hurricane can be it seems odd to so boldly declare that it will be "fine".
  4. Pretty great looking coaster, those guys have definitely done what I didn't think was possible (in many ways). Huzzah to RMC, and Cedar Point. Also, after plowing my way through 30-40 pages, I'm stunned that SVen has not been pegged as the quickest way to type out the name of this beast! I can picture them loading up the first train full of dudes named Sven. RMC must be very proud of how much they've turned the ride industry on it's ear, it's really impressive.
  5. The ride looks fun, I'm assuming a decent portion of the cost of the ride went into the infrastructure of building into/across the lake....maybe that explains some of the lack of theme after the pre launch tunnel? Also, just thought I'd point out that it's always a good idea to read the entire thread before you post - I was about to post a POV I ran across, then saw one was deleted and hands were slapped! Anyway, looking forward to this site's version of the POV and/or ride review.
  6. Last time I checked this thread there were no updates, so I attempted to take at least one picture. Now I see there are better pictures than the one I took! Anyway, here it is as of today: Took a spin on Steel Eel, and had a good time. I didn't know anything about this coaster, and really enjoyed the first half. Crazy floater air. The second half, after the brake, was rough. Been a long time since I've felt so uncomfortable (with the slamming feeling at the bottom of the bunny hills, on the return). Park was really dead today, I'd say Aquatica was busier. Guy at Steel
  7. Boy o boy, I not-so-fondly recall spending hot summer days and nights in that giant tent...zig-zagging through an endless amount of metal railings ... remember how big of a victory it was to even make it to that red circle?! Then the big decision of which side to wait for. I miss being able to go hop on Eagle's flight, afterwards, to get back to the front of the park. Hey, at least you can get a funnel cake there, now, I suppose!
  8. That may not be the case. There is no one from Arrow on the current senior management team roster listed here: http://www.engineeringexcitement.com/our-team/ I dug and found one name possibly still associated with the company. It is possible that some of these people stuck around, but not necessarily the case since S&S simply purchased the assets in bankruptcy. We know two of them are with Ride Centerline. I doubt at the end of the company's existence that they had an army of other engineers waiting to build something. Buying legacy parts from a company that bou
  9. Unless it's Six Flags or Carnival. Then just fire away seems to be the rule, right?
  10. a) The guy above me has an incredibly annoying signature. Almost as bad as that guy with the Christmas lights counter thingy in his b) This topic has been discussed quite a bit, before: http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=931424#p931424
  11. I can't stand this response. I think four out of five is pretty dang good, but boy if I didn't give it five stars then gosh darn it they're doing something wrong. Truth is I don't believe in rating anything five stars or excellent as there is no such thing as perfection. There is always room for improvement and that's not a bad thing. It's actually a good thing. I truly hope you understand that you are screwing, in many instances, the employees when you refuse to give a "perfect" score. So many corporations have gone to feedback-based incentives, and most of them grade anything less than
  12. Bizarre. The whole thing is so strange. Does anyone know what he paid to buy it? I can see a lot of locals being pissed that he basically further destroyed the place by trying to bring it back..... The dramatic music in this piece is a bit much, but still: http://cjky.it/1ETyJab
  13. Off topic, but will it get to the point with the tower where it's cheaper to just take it down than it is to do whatever kind of maintenance they need to do on a structure that tall (regardless of it actually having people occupy it or not)? Such a strange history for that thing.
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