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  1. Well, looks like I'll be trying snowboarding in a couple of weeks! Terrified, but my knees are thanking me in advance for not strapping them into ski boots again!


    Please don't forget your 'butt' pad...if you don't have one at least rent the extra padding and you will thank me later. I had a snowboarding accident and needless to say fractured my tailbone, and your @$$ will seriously hurt for weeks while all you get from your Doc is a plastic donut, Ibuprofen and a "Good luck!" since there is nothing you can do but deal with the pain...


    I'm back skiing and try to stay away from snowboarding just due to some bad experiences...I hope you have fun though and remember you will most likely fall a lot while the snow catches the edge of your board and knocks you over!

  2. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure that there's any corn in it either although I'm sure that any of you that have visited (or driven through) this state probably saw a stalk or two during your travels.


    We both loved these parks as they were both unlike any we had ever visited before....very quirky and unique, but in totally different ways. Holiday World with their strange layout, awesome water slides and very brutal wooden coasters and Indiana Beach with old school flats over the water, retro attractions - and much better coasters, in my opinion.


    I certainly hope that HW can give those woodies a little more TLC in the future as they have enormous potential (and were all highly ranked after their debut), but all three were just too jarring for our over 40 bones to handle. Michael rode Voyage and skipped the other two because it rattled him so bad.


    That drive to IB (regardless if from HW or 4+ hrs coming south) was seriously so bad! I really have no reason to go back there after getting the credits but agree with you on the paratrooper and single shot captions you posted!


    I'm still really shocked about your 'very brutal wooden coasters' at HW, since my experience at HW has been the complete opposite: I have had good rides on all three woodies even though Voyage recently is not like it once was and Legend you tend to float towards the front of the train or risk having the 'bucking-bronco cars' in the back. Hoosier Hurricane and Cornball Express were both very 'brutal' to my ribs...must've been there on two rough days for those woodies but they were super hot days (when we hear of great coaster rides) - the only exceptions that I remember were the Jet Star and the El Loco (Tig'rr and Steel Hawg, respectively) which were both a nice surprise but HW took the cake with the water park, free sunscreen and drinks to boot!


    I also hope that this park can keep it's head above water, but it was very dead when we were there. Even though it was on a Thursday, I anticipated more people to be there, which was quite sad when you consider all of the potential that this park has. Maybe we just hit it on a bad day or something?


    Unfortunately, it seems the environment plays a big factor, perhaps the location as well from my review. It seems IB rides were mostly dirty and every ride op reminded me of SFMM on my two visits...clearly underpaid with no enthusiasm for the most part. Steel Hawg they didn't even say anything to me once I sat down for the first time on it, they just looked to see the OTSRs were in place and just pushed the green button and off I went to perhaps my death since the shoulder pads were still shifting up and down and never locked! The only 'event' they had going when I was there that did not make the place 100% ghetto (as many have mentioned) was some local massive business that had a park buffet meal for all employees and their kids, so kiddy-land was actually thriving and full of laughter. I was there on a Saturday and Sunday, on two occasions over two separate years and different weekends, and it was very dead then as well and most coasters were just about a walk-on except Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain. That ride needs more than a single car on the tracks...it was SO painfully SAD how long I waited in that 90/100 degree sun for such a short coaster.

  3. ^ Yes, yes it was wonderful...I still remember that ride when I was there last without the trims - many back-to-back rides took place due to no lines and I couldn't get enough of it...



    I would say riding Revolution was pretty sad with all the trims, Mean Streak is 'smoother' (if anyone cares) but lacks any speed due to the trims on the first drop which forces it to crawl and definitely is now boring, and I actually wasn't a fan of the trims on The Beast this year while going downhill they kick in and made me go, "No trims this time, please no trims this time...ughhh" even though I had some amazing night rides when I got over the fact it slows down in a few places.

  4. ...then I also thought Stanford would roll over Michigan State but Sparty is tough. It still amazes me that Mark Dantonio's name doesn't get mentioned for bigger jobs, seems like all the guy does is win 8-10 games a year at a somewhat of a lower tier school. Maybe he's waiting for Spurrier to retire so he can take over his alma mater in the next couple of years.


    I'm sorry, but you thought the Big 10 was considered a 'lower tier' especially MSU?

    Can you elaborate on your opinion that we are listed as a lower-tier?


    We still have a huge conference even if it isn't plastered all over ESPN like the SEC or the PAC 12 - My guess is that, it is because the "rest of the world" only seems to know the Wolverines or OSU; MSU has consistently crushed UM the past 5 of 6yrs and OSU has been tough over the years but we showed everyone who we were knocking them out by double digits in the Big Ten Championship thanks to our #1 D. As a die hard Spartan fan and Alum, it is interesting to see folks around the country that haven't heard of MSU, especially with our stellar basketball program (versus Duke which usually is only good in bball...FB was a surprise this year) not to mention the entire season it was outlined all over EPSN and the media how we were so *underrated* yet blew all opponents out by double digits except the single loss to ND (I'm sure you read the reports how bad that game was at the end to give ND the win).


    FWIW - Dantonio has been contacted by Texas and may other 'bigger jobs' but his heart lies in East Lansing and he wants to showcase our Elite team. MSU's journey to elite status seems to now be complete (finally) after years of terrible John L Smith.


    Oh, and don't get me started on how TERRIBLE the Stanford band is...damn trees which is what everyone thinks is Stanford's mascot now...I'm glad we showed up with class as the Spartan Marching Band, put on a helluva performance and didn't pull out stale jokes and a crappy music selection that made the entire stadium erupt with a loud BOO!


    /rant if it sounds like it, my bad...


    Stanford lost that game for the same reason they lost to USC: their QB is average and they are stubborn about forcing the run. That fourth down play was seen from a mile away.


    Funny you say this...while ESPN 'analysts' kept stating that the Stanford QB was so much better than Cook - Cook plays hard and if you guys saw our first few games, we were swapping two QBs in and out which is why our Offense was downplayed the rest of the season. Yes, that 4th down play was rather obvious hence the MSU timeout to put more folks in the middle and stop them - that was a damn good play! I actually thought it was gonna be a QB sneak when they saw our coverage, or the QB was going to try a quick pass outside...

  5. ^ Yes, real bacon!


    //Bringing the thread back per request just like many others recently//




    1) Start with 2 lbs THICK sliced bacon

    2) Dredge in Brown Sugar - and really press the brown sugar into the bacon slices - on both sides

    3) Place the bacon slices on a rack within a sheet pan

    4) Cook the bacon for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven


    Let it cool for a minute or two and eat. Its easy AND awesome. The combination of the bacon fat and the caramelized brown sugar coating is incredible.


    Note - The rack is to get it up off of the sheet pan so that you are not frying the bacon. Make sure that the rack will fit entirely within the sheet pan or you will have a tremendous mess on your hands... For no clean up you can use those disposable aluminum cooking pans from the grocery store

  6. ^ Thanks for the cliff-note version so I can ensure my recommendation to my parents (whom still think they will like this movie) should be focused on a different movie like Saving Mr. Banks or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I'll check this one out soon since I enjoy a good Scorcese movie and everyone is talking about how funny it is.

  7. ^ I saw American hustle and 50% of the family didn't enjoy it with all the deep plot twists and F words. Good thing we didn't see WoWS since that one has now claimed the top spot in most F words in a movie... and Pulp Fiction was great but had enough to deliver the story.


    Wondering if you also think WoWS deserves the R rating instead of the NC17 rating it was supposed to get. After all reviews confirmed it should have been due to the nudity, just curious since you enjoyed it, thought it was funny, and didn't leave like many have done.

  8. Target has a 10% off "apology" for the credit hack going on for today & tomorrow. Problem is, I did 90% of my Christmas shopping at Target yesterday not knowing that was coming.


    Knowing how terrible Target customer service people are, I'm not looking forward to bringing my receipt from yesterday and asking for the 10% off as a price adjustment since everything is in the return window. It's annoying to have to dread doing something perfectly within my rights as a customer, and Target's policies, because I know the customer service people probably won't know anything about the 10% off and will proceed to pull all sorts of reasons out of their @$$ to deny giving the discount.


    Sounds like you went to Walmart, not Target! Target customer service has always surprised me, along with some eye-candy while standing in line to be called.


    Well, here is what I did...bought everything from previous days at Target again today so I could save said 10% off and I have 90 days to take back the extras from previous days unless I find them to be good gifts for others. Nice rant, but today I had the best time shopping ever with how many good looking women there were!

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