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Token Yankee Guy

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  1. I had a dream about my pop-pop (who passed away a couple of years ago). It first started off me being picked up from this ski area and driving into town down this steep road with ice on it. We get into town and I go into the post office where my pop-pop is buying stamps.


    It's crazy how I've been having a lot of dreams about my pop-pop since he passed away. I think I had about 4-5. I think he's periodically checking up on me or something to see how I'm doing.

  2. ^ It's funny, in 2006 when we got Catapult and Splash Water Falls...They put up new signage in the park and they labeled Batman: The Dark Knight as Batman: The Ride.


    I just got home from work and I saw this and I'm not too happy. First off, I don't blame the town, they were right for stopping construction because SFNE started too soon before obtaining permits.


    I'm going to be going to the park this Friday after work so I'll be sure to take pictures to see what they're doing.


    It's interesting how we get a parade in place of a coaster.


    Oh to the well...

  3. Screamscape.com has a little update

    In the aftermath of our story about the death of The Dark Knight Coaster, it seems Six Flags did a little quick revamping of their website once again and returned The Dark Knight to the SFNE website. The front of the main national SF website now also says “Coming To 3 Parks” once again, but if you click on the “Learn More” button they still have left (for now…) the edited version of the site that clearly says that the ride will only open at two parks in 2008… Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Great Adventure. From what I’ve heard… nothing has changed and The Dark Knight is still dead. They simply were not ready to make an announcement about it yet and the removal of the ride from the site yesterday was causing a bit of an uproar. At this point all I can say is to just wait and see how this all unfolds.


    Now even I got confused when I read this because it sounds like the entire coaster is on the chopping block...but not exactly..


    Lance said this to me in an e-mail reply..

    It hasn't been pulled because of the New for 2008 bit... it's been pulled because the coaster, as "The Dark Knight Coaster" at least... will no longer be coming to SFNE. It will end up being the same "coaster" of course just minus the themeing... music... special effects... walls... etc...


    From what I've been reading on how the fire suppression system and emergency exits for the ride are being finalized, i believe everything will be saved when they get the building permits.

  4. lol

    Six Flags is not the victim here, they didn't apply for the proper permits and decided to build anyway. The town should be giving them a hard time.


    They did apply for them, they just got a head start with construction before getting the final issue of the permits. And I do agree how it is SFNE's own fault for starting too early and having to go through the red tape. They're being treated like any other business that doesn't follow the rules.

  5. After my pilgrimage to SoCal, I don't think I'll ever complain about gas prices out East ever again. $3.80 a gallon is ludicrous. I remember when I first got my license, gas was $0.99 a gallon!


    Bring on the switch grass, folks!


    Lucky, when I got my license, gas was around 1.30 or something. I don't even remember .99 cent gas.



    Now I'm trying to find the article on one of the local news websites that talks about the possibility of 4.00/gallon gas during the summer. My mom told me last night they had someone on the newscast talking about it and how it's the gas companies fault for gouging the prices. So hopefully the Federal and State governments will step in to put a stop to it.

  6. Atleast it isn't cancelled. But come on, Six Flags should have gotten the permits before they started building. Didn't Mark Shapiro bash the old management because of bad planning and attractions never opened on time? I still have faith in Six Flags...Atleast they didn't close down a section of a park, yet.


    Well, I know that the opening won't be all fun...From what I heard, Superman won't be open because of lift hill chain complications again.

  7. My friend just gave me a masslive.com link about the Six Flags opening and how it's going to be rained out.. And the article does mention Dark Knight, but not of it being cancelled.

    The planned Memorial Day weekend opening of the park's most prominent new attraction - the "Dark Knight Coaster," an indoor roller coaster that will swoop through a Gotham City being battled over by Batman and The Joker - has been delayed because of permitting complications over the past several months.


    Robert A. Anderson, chief of inspection for the Building Division of the state Department of Public Safety, confirmed today that details of an agreement between Six Flags and the state on a fire suppression sprinkler system and on emergency exits from the roller coaster building are in the process of being finalized.


    Local permitting for the $7.5 million project was completed last week.


    "We'll get the attraction open as close to Memorial Day as we can," Pinkerton said.



  8. My friend sent me this forum link to sfneonline.com




    This is what the admin found and posted.

    4/9/09 6:16PM - Six Flags New England and Six Flags, INC. has removed all “The Dark Knight Coaster” references from the Six Flags New England website and National Six Flags parent site. The National site now references two Dark Knight Coasters opening in May in New Jersey and Illinois. Six Flags has yet to comment on the situation.


    More details as they become available.


    I have checked and sure enough, there's no mention of dark knight coming to SFNE. The Republican (Western Mass newspaper) hasn't released anything yet and they've been really good at staying up to date on SFNE during this halt in construction.


    I'll keep you guys posted

  9. One of the TPR members who works for SFMM and I talked about the locker policy in the chat and he said if I wanted the SF management to hear my concerns about the locker policy I should voice it here.


    Hopefully SF will read this because honestly, I don't see how forcing a patron with belongings to pay a fee to store their belongings is a good business practice. I could see that as almost hurting the customer. If you got a family and every time they go ride a ride with a locker, that's a $1 each time out of their pocket. A lot of people are on a fixed income and I can see that the family may not return again because they're required to store their belongings every time they want to ride a major ride.


    Now first off, I do see where SF is coming from by putting in a mandatory locker policy. It's so that patrons will not have their belongings stolen and thus reducing the number of complaints about stolen articles and trying to hold the park responsible.


    What I've been told, the fee is there of course to offset the cost of running and maintainance. i can see that, but why not obtain the cost from somewhere else? I'd prefer a dollar increase to ticket sales than being required to pay a dollar every time I store my backpack in a locker for Superman: Ride of Steel. At least with that, they could still keep personal belongings secure by using the same system, just eliminating the cost. I see this as responsible since someone who is unfamiliar with the park, would expect the ticket cost compared to visiting a SF park for the first time, then being caught off guard by being required to pay to store their belongings. That patron may not want to visit a SF park anymore and thus go to another park where they don't require patrons to pay to store their belongings.


    overall, I don't believe it's a good business practice to nickel and dime a customer like that, I can see that as being a lash back in loosing future business with that customer. Good Business practice always states that it's best to have a customer leave with a good experience and they'll tell 5 friends about it and so forth...compared to having a customer leave with a bad experience and they'll tell 10 friends about their bad experience.

  10. Right now gas is around 3.40. But when we drove to New Jersey, I saw the cheapest was 2.97. Go figure....


    New Jersey has always been known to have the cheapest gas...I don't know why. I do find it funny how the government of New Jersey prohibits customers to pump their own gas because "they don't trust them."

  11. If you think Gas/Petrol and Diesel are expensive in USA, here are the prices we have to pay in England:


    Petrol / Gas: £1.10 a gallon

    Diesel £1.17 a gallon


    By the end of Summer Diesel will be £1.50 per gallon


    Gotta love google calculator


    1.10 (British pounds / litre) = 8.19341024 U.S. dollars / US gallon


    Over here where i live in Connecticut, the gas prices are around an average of 3.30...but if you go up into Massachusetts which isn't a far drive, the gas prices are still around 3.15.


    I was surprised that when I was living in Las Vegas, that the gas prices were a lot cheaper compared to CT and MA.

  12. I ski. I've been skiing for 9 years now and get about 30-40 days a year. I've been to many of Vermont's resorts as well as a few in NH and a few here in MA. Unfortunately I haven't been out west yet. My favorite 3 resorts in the east are Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, and Stowe.


    omg, I love Mad River Glen. Unique place, they have the remaining single person chairlift in the country (or one of two..), they rely heavily on natural snow for their trails with only a few snow making machines..They're a CO-OP which means they allowed to prohibit snowboarders. Reasons because of the safety hazard with a snowboarder trying to get onto the single person lift and they don't like how snowboarders cut too much snow off the trail when making turns.


    I spent like a long weekend up at Mad River Glen with my family and friends of the family. We stayed in my friend's grandfathers cabin which is a couple hundred yards from Mad River Glen.


    Have you skied paradise over there? The Double Diamond that's not sign marked. Fun trail

  13. I really enjoyed watching that!


    My first trip to Las Vegas was in July 1981, and I visited all of those now-imploded hotels (except the Hacienda).


    For some reason, I think The Riviera won't be there much longer.




    I think they were planning to renovate Riviera...


    Tropicana I believe is also getting a renovation so that won't be going anywhere.

  14. No commercials for Riverside, but I do have some print materials, press releases and brochures from the park. I have not scanned any of it in yet and have quite a bit more to post before I get to it.


    So the answer is yes...but you will have to be patient for me to post it. sorry


    And if you think those are cheezy, you've seen nothing yet!


    No Hurries, I was just curious if you had any.

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