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  1. Yep, just constant rain in Mission Viejo. Hopefully Orange County will get lucky later this evening! Cool to see the SFMM in snow... Very exciting for me, especially since I'm heading up to Mammoth later this week for skiing!!
  2. -Visiting Kennywood for first time -SFMM new rides -Remodeled Star Tours at Disneyland (or whatever they're doing to it) -Possible visit to either Busch Gardens Virginia
  3. True dat... And along with Scream, Colossus, Gold Rusher, and Tatsu!
  4. Rides painted with regular paint originally were: Goliath, Deja Vu, X, Scream, Tatsu, and Gold Rusher. Rides that have been "repaired" of color: Goliath, Deja Vu, and X. I like to think of it this way: Riddler was built in 1998 and the paint hasn't been touched since. Does that tell you something about the quality of paint that was used for the rides half Riddler's age that look worse then Riddler's now?
  5. THANK YOU!!!! SOMEBODY AGREES!!!! The only rides that I think are good there are Raptor, MF, Top Thrill, and Maverick. I'm sorry, but although Magnum is a classic IT IS NOT A GOOD RIDE!!! I sat 1st car 1st row, 2nd car 1st row, and 1st car 3rd row. My thighs felt like they were bruised in all three of the seats. All the other rides there are "meh" for me. Gemini, Blue Streak, Mine Ride, Iron Dragon, Wildcat, Corkscrew, Wicked Twister, Disaster Transport, Mean Streak (OW!), Mantis (OW!). Really wasn't impressed both of my TWO visits this summer. Cedar Point, definitely a disappointment for me!
  6. Has anyone heard anything about the new park president Bonnie Rabjohn? It's still pretty early to determine her ... intentions (that's not the word i'm looking for, but you get the picture).
  7. Thanks for that information. I didn't attend the WCB last year (although I hope to go this year ). I really enjoy my rides on Ninja, and feel that its very under appreciated, especially next to newer, bigger, and more intense rides that now fill the park. It really is a good ride, although on that last lift hill I could take a nap, get out and go to the bathroom, stop for a snack on the way back, then get back in the train. I'm glad that they put the time and effort into Ninja and have the maintenance handled because with the Green Lantern, S:EFK, and all the other projects going on in the park, I don't think they could wing a Ninja replacement at this time without leaving it SBNO. It's also good to have those intermediate "stepping stone" rides scattered through the park.
  8. I thought Jay said that they had made upgrades to Ninja to ensure that it wouldn't suffer the same fate as BBW. Of course, my memory could be a little fuzzy since WCB was back in March, but I thought he said something along those lines. As you said, anything goes now since Jay's gone, but I thought all of Ninja's downtime last year was done to make improvements. If that's true, then I wouldn't necessarily expect Ninja to be the next suspended coaster to go, but I do agree that newer coasters are definitely more thrilling, so I won't be surprised when its retirement is announced. A little bit off topic: From what I can tell they have been tinkering with the trains a lot. Two trains sit in the far back areas of the transfer track, probably never to be used again, dusty and torn apart. They are probably salvaging parts for the two operating trains. Recently, they refurbished the OTSR's on one, and when I went last there, they were about half way done with the other one, which was sitting right next to the ride track. I think they will be able to maintain what they have for a while, but yes, the ride has to be retired. I would assume within the next 5 to 10 years. They could get a company in there to build custom parts for them, but for the amount of money they'd have to put into that, it probably wouldn't be realistic to invest all that into a ride over 20+ years old. It would be interesting to see what they'd replace it with since it's in such a specific place wound into the hill and log ride.
  9. Probably three hours for the original X in 2003. One train operation sucks!
  10. The moving of Jay Thomas from SFMM to corporate. He was so cool to have around the park! Chopping off operating hours during the summer for SFMM is another one. Terminator audio, World of Color, and Mean Streak's failure to burn (Haha) are all other big ones for me.
  11. Thanks! A lot of my mindset comes from having a neighbor who is Muslim. His views are so restricted. Do this, not that. Eat this, not that. I would not want to live my life bound so closely to a book, rather just have it there for guidance (a sort of help-as-necessary type thing). I don't want to offend Muslims, but does a book written over a thousand years ago need to be interpreted word for word?
  12. I'm sure you've already answered this, but are you going to put this park up for download when you're finished? It's really good!
  13. 10. Kids - MGMT 9. Dashboard - Modest Mouse 8. Cemeteries of London - Coldplay 7. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas 6. Show Me What i'm Looking For - Carolina Liar 5. Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z 4. Telephone - Lady Gaga 3. Richman - 3OH!3 2. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse 1. Ecuador (Bruce Wayne Mix) - Sash P.S. The number 1 song (if you know what it is from) I keep on endless repeat when I run. That way I could be immune to it if I ever have to work there in my life.
  14. This is the first time I clicked into the Random Forum, and I have to say I was shocked and unsure when I saw this thread first. But after looking over it I have to say "THANK GOD!!!!!" I thought this was going to be 250+ pages of mindless debates of don't ask, don't tell, marriage, etc. Anyway, contributing my opinion: I'm straight. I think we should look at gays as we look at other minorities (in an accepting way, of course). I don't think its a decision to be gay. It frustrates me when people say "Eww, it's their choice!!" I don't want to sound rude, but the stereotypical gay voice or different thought process is a definite genetic difference. Just as being tall or short, skinny or larger. Come on people, use some common sense! Accept everyone in who they are. To be quite honest, I don't care what you do or say, just as long as it doesn't harm anyone physically or mentally (especially me LOL!).
  15. Here is something interesting, which I think it does a pretty good job of interpreting "underrated." http://themeparks.about.com/od/rollercoasterarticles/ss/UnderratedCoasters.htm
  16. This year stayed pretty local (for me in CA) and took two trips to Ohio: -Six Flags Magic Mountain x5 -Knott's Berry Farm x1 -Disneyland x12 -California Adventure x9 -Sea World San Diego x1 -Universal Studios Hollywood x2 -Desperado @ Primm Valley, Nevada x1 -New York, New York Vegas Coaster x1 -Circus Circus Adventuredome -Cedar Point x2 -Kings Island x1 Plans for next year: -Kennywood -Six Flags Texas P.S. I'm still trying to think of other places where I went lol.
  17. I have been really disappointed with SFMM's operating schedule, but I do agree that they should be closed on the 24th and 25th: -The latest the park is open in 10:00, which is only on Saturdays in July. Otherwise, everything else is 9:00 during the summer and on Saturdays through the spring and fall. Before I remember staying until 11:00 closing for Saturdays and 10:00 for summer weekdays. -They open now always at 10:30 on most Saturdays and every other day. Usually on Saturdays the park ALWAYS opened at 10:00 (unless it was the off season). Now it's limited to just Saturdays in the middle of the summer. It actually really helps to get a good 30 minute head start on the day. -In the off season, 10:30 to 6:00 is pretty usual, so I'm not going to gripe about that one lol. 10:30 to 8:00 on off season holidays such as Memorial, President's, and MLK weekends.
  18. Ninja - SFMM California Screamin - Disney California Adventure Millennium Force - CP The Beast - Kings Island
  19. Does anyone know if you can only register for one day at the West Coast Bash? I definitely want to go to the SFMM day, but I'm probably going to be busy the Knott's day.
  20. How do you sign up for West Coast Bash? I was not able to last year, but wish to attend this year. I checked the event list from the homepage and I don't see it, maybe I'm blind or maybe it's just not there! Only the dates have been announced so far. Information on signing up should be available soon. Awesome! Thanks! I'll have to keep checking back.
  21. How do you sign up for West Coast Bash? I was not able to last year, but wish to attend this year. I checked the event list from the homepage and I don't see it, maybe I'm blind or maybe it's just not there!
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