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  1. It sounds fun, but this Atlanta area resident will be out of town that week. Got inspired by the cruise photo thread last month and I managed to convince the husband to go on a cruise on Allure of the Seas that week! Hope you all have a great time though!
  2. HA! Coasterbear30 - I am in one of those neighborhoods not affected by the flooding. And I (and my H) would like to see the immediate progress made by SFoG after these last two days' floods. Long term residence folks are used to seasonal floods here, but yesterday's flooding was quite different than what usually happens yearly in this locality... And it sadly has not been without tragic results. (Though I agree with your "Sweep Ninja Away" prayer! Replace with an Intamin mini-hyper, like Goliath in Walibi-World!)... As for our experience here locally, our neighborhood was north of the most serious flooding. We're unaffected. But my H had to tele-commute today because every route he had to go to work into downtown ATL was blocked off by overwhelmed rivers or streams that cut off roads and highways. I'm leaning towards H and I going to SFoG just to support the park at this time. They likely need it.... But that depends on babysitting arrangements...
  3. AtlantaTimeMachine.com has a new page up, depicting 14 postcards from the park's early years, including a rare photo of what I suspect was the original dark ride before Monster Mansion was created (photo #5). You can see the postcards here - http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/misc/six_flags_thumbnails.htm Enjoy!
  4. Wow... There is just no such thing as a lawyer in Spain, is there? That said, the inverted "bouncy-bouncy" looked rather fun!
  5. Thanks for posting that video Cosmic_Hearse! That was hilarious! I didn't know there was a Rocky Horror Con in Vegas. Is that a yearly event?
  6. Thank goodness! Someone else who thought this! Totally agree... Let's see, I've seen the following on Broadway - Miss Saigon - both in Feb. 1994, and then the last Friday before it closed (w. Lea Salonga, Will Chase, Ruthie Henshall, etc. - just an amazing ensemble performance! Lea is one of the only performers I've seen who sang better IRL than on the cast recording!) Phantom of the Opera - 1990 w. Rebecca Luker Cats - 1990 The Rocky Horror Show Revival Cast - Jan. 2001 w. Joan Jett and Dick Cavett (that was a fun show! Made all the more fun by our neighbors who were half-drunk yuppies who had no idea what the show was about!) The rest I've seen though national tour companies - Les Miserables City of Angels Ragtime RENT Spamalot Wicked and some others I can't recall at the moment... Oh, for any RENT fans in this thread, the DVD of the final Broadway performance is due to be released on Feb. 3...
  7. I think a Raw devoted to defunct coasters is a wonderful idea! I definitely would be interested in buying that, and I look forward to seeing what you guys are able to do with this project!
  8. Something that helps us save a good amount of money for parks and park trips is taking advantage of my husband's company's employee discount partner programs. Granted this option may only help those who work for large companies like my H's, but it saves us a lot of money whenever we go to parks or on trips. Check with your employer's HR department to see if they offer such a program for employees. For instance, we did an Orlando trip in July 2006 and only had to pay about $100 total for a three night stay at a Kissimmee area hotel and $70 total for a two night St. Augustine FL side trip. Our tickets to any Six Flags park only cost about $17 per person through the discount program ($5 for parking passes as well). At that low price, we don't bother with season passes since we don't get to head out to SF very often (1-2 times a year usually). But if you do want to get an annual pass, the upgrade to the yearly pass option of $39 added to the discounted admission would also save you a few bucks over the normal annual pass rate.
  9. I can't remember where I read this, but someone asked this question about a year ago at another board (I think). Another person who had ridden the Greyhound before it went SBNO said that it was an OK coaster, just not anything special. I think they also commented on how little airtime it had for an older woodie... It's destruction was no great loss seemed to be the essence of the ride's review... And I'm hesitant to post this but I can't resist. There's a web site called AtlantaTimeMachine.com that takes old photos of sites around Atlanta and then recreates the photo from the same angle as the site exists today or at least very recently. They also did a now-and-then of location sites from "Smokey and the Bandit", seen here - http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/smokey/thumbnails.htm ... Scroll all the way down and there are two photos with partial glimpses of Greyhound and of how the site looks today. Enjoy.
  10. I've only been to WDW... And I'm a life-long Georgia resident. 1974 - First trip by my parents doing when I (and the park) was 3 years old. 1978 - 8 yrs old, with Dad and friends. 1984 - 13 yrs old, with parents and brother. 1988 - 17 yrs old, school band parade trip to EPCOT. 1989 - 18 yrs old, Grad Night trip to Magic Kingdom. 1999 - 28 yrs old, first trip with my husband and son. 2006 - 35 yrs old, anniversary trip with surprise "Keys to Kingdom" tour and detour day at MK. We may be going to Disneyland Hong Kong sometime next year since my husband will likely have a business trip to HK then. As much as I'd love to go to Disneyland, it's not likely to happen anytime soon, especially before the Hong Kong trip.
  11. HA! We saved the "super-bill" from our son's birth and NICU stay, as a joke to remind him to behave as he grows up or we'd let him get reposessed... That bill was just under $225,000, and that was just for the first two and a half months. Congratulations to the Alvey family on a healthy baby and delivery. She's adorable!
  12. Hmm, as a woman who didn't really start riding roller coasters until my son was about 4 years old, I find this thread amusing... I think a large part of the issue is that a lot of parents change their financial priorities once the kiddos come along. Money that was once spent on vacations and other non-essentials (new fads, entertainment, etc.) is funneled into more long term family oriented commitments, like college funds, a mortgage, and the ubiquitous mini-van. Amusement parks and fun time in general takes a back seat to school time/events, family visits to grandma's, and the daily grind of home and hearth. And when you're dealing with single parents, the financial and circumstantial burdens of being the custodial parent are limiting for the vast majority. Trying to find the time and funding to go off for any semblence of fun time without the kiddos can be daunting for even rather well-off single parents, never mind being one who enjoys ever increasingly expensive thrill parks... I do agree with most others in this thread that males are more generally oriented to thrill rides and adrenaline laden experiences, so those females who weren't terribly fond of thrill rides before having kids aren't usually going to suddenly find an interest in them after becoming a mother. But for myself, the desire to conquer a life-long fear of coasters at age 30 led to me becoming an avid coaster fan! Go figure....
  13. I did a zoom-in on the photo and I think maybe she had some face-painting done. It's defintely not a head-gear for braces, since like Ryan said, there's no visible support strap around her head or neck. It's likely either face-paint or perhaps some kind of prosthetic device to cover/protect a facial defect like cleft lip/palate or such...
  14. Really? I love her character. Oh don't get me wrong. I do really like the character and how she's been written. I just think that Peet is not the best actress they could have found for the role. Her acting style and sense of timing doesn't seem to entirely mesh with Sorkin's snappy dialogue style, but like I said earlier, she *is* getting better with it. At least she isn't as poorly cast as Moira Kelly was as Mandy in "The West Wing"'s first season. Oh but watching "Mandy" was just painful, considering how more well developed and acted the primary roles in WW were... Mandy was why fast-forward was invented.
  15. I just read that behind the scenes rumors say that the actress who played Eden was asking for a far higher per episode salary than the show could offer and was let go. So, she may have been killed off a little sooner than the writers and producers were planning... Still, it was a great twist to have her die in a manner that would not let Sylar take her power. And those last five minutes had my jaw dropped into my lap... January 22 is too far away!
  16. I love this show and last night's episode was great! Danny telling Jordan he's falling in love with her was so well written. And Bradley Whitford was just great throughout the entire episode... Unfortunately, Amanda Peet remains the weak link in the cast, though she is improving. Ed Asner's gruff CEO character's relishing a battle with the FCC was a delight. I'm still trying to figure out if Matt's motivation for kissing Harriet when he did was to make her mess up her cues for the news segment in front of the movie producer in the audience... And the writers' meetings about Christmas were hilarious, especially when Matt rolled off how they'd calculated the physics of Santa's journey to deliver Christmas toys. The "To Catch a Predator" scene in the fake show was funnier than anything SNL has done in *years*! The tribute to New Orleans with the NOLA musicians was beautifully done. I almost teared up when I saw the Katrina footage background saying "All I want for Christmas is my city back". This was probably the best episode so far and I'll be very glad when the winter hiatus is over!
  17. Congratulations! I've always been partial to... Sarah Elizabeth Catherine Elizabeth Emily Hannah And for some fun with really bad baby names, spend some time reading through this web site - http://www.notwithoutmyhandbag.com/babynames/index.html You will laugh till it hurts!
  18. Well, if you're in town for an SFoG trip next year and are interested in a side trip to the Georgia Aquarium, there will also now be another new side trip attraction for the next upcoming park season. Giant panda Lun-Lun gave birth to her first panda cub yesterday afternoon. So far, both seem healthy and well. Not much info is available yet since zoo officials haven't been able to examine the cub quite yet. Lun-lun and cub are expected to remain in seclusion in the birthing den for a while. Zoo Atlanta's web site will begin publishing daily photos and a live cam feed in the birthing den on Friday morning... http://www.zooatlanta.org/zoo_news_panda_birth.htm
  19. It's a legal holiday, but the local schools are in session. We'd gone on Columbus Day a few years ago and the crowds were relatively light because of schools being open. BUT, since this is Six Flags, management made sure the park operated to that low crowd expectation. Only about half the food service vendors were open by 1pm and all coasters were on one train operation (except Superman, which ran 2). Still, in the space of 4 hours, we got to ride all that we'd wanted that day at least once each and snacked on chicken fingers, once we'd found a food stand that was open! But to be fair, that was before the new general manager came on board so I don't know if operations will be exactly the same. I'd guess though that at least Goliath and Superman will operate two trains all day long no matter what... The Fright Fest stuff was up but I don't remember any of the costumed staff and events going on early in the day (we had to leave by 2pm). I think one of the issues was that their high school aged workers couldn't work during school hours, so shorter staffing may be what made for reduced operations the C-Day we went... Whether newer management will address this issue this year I couldn't tell you though. Hope this helps...
  20. Just saw the "reception room" photoshop entry and it took me a second to figure out why the bride and groom looked rather familiar! Amusing photoshop, BTW. I gave it a vote...
  21. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to coaster_maniac for posting about these cheese sticks and to Spookbaby for your pictures! I made these at home the other day and they were delicious!! The husband is already begging for more. Whoever came up with the idea of egg roll pasta wraps on fried cheese instead of breading is a frickin' genius! Thanks again guys!
  22. Apparently all the whale sharks are not yet at sexual maturity for breeding. Aquarium officials likened their current ages as being in the pre-teen stage as compared to humans. But yeah, they do intend to pursue a breeding program for them in a few years time. So far, all the sharks are thriving well in their new home so hopefully their efforts will be successful...
  23. ^ Actually, they now have 4 Whale Sharks. They added two females (the 2 original sharks are males) to the exhibit about two months ago. So we now have Ralph, Norton, Alice, and Trixie. It would probably be about a 20-30 minute drive to the GA Aquarium from the SFoG area, if you're not heading there during peak commuting traffic times. The Aquarium is located adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park in the downtown area. http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/ - The Visit Us link at the top of the page has the link for the page for Driving Directions. You'll want the directions for I-20 from the West of Atlanta.
  24. That can be a pretty hard question to accurately answer... Various restraints fit different body shapes in different manners. For instance, many coaster enthusiasts really prefer PTC trains on wood coasters, but those trains' restraints fit me in just the wrong way so that I don't usually find them entirely confortable enough to fully enjoy (I'm a 5'3", long torsoed, somewhat overweight female, BTW). However, Mindbender has very simple U-shaped lapbar restraints and these seem to fit a great number of people quite well. The lack of seat dividers also gives more room at the hips for many riders. I've never seen anyone turned away for not fitting in the lapbars on Mindbender's trains. The only caveat I would mention is that the seat backs are *very* straight (complete 90 degrees to the hip axis), so if anyone in your party has pronouced spinal curvature or has had previous spinal fusions/problems, they may be uncomfortable in these trains. Odds are, if your family members can fit other ride restraints, they'll have no problems fitting in Mindbender's simpler restraint design... Good luck, and hope you all have a fun and safe trip!
  25. I'm not sure it's always that easy to say it's a matter of a person being overweight or unhealthy... Different persons have different physiologies that may prevent them from fitting a "standardized" seat. For instance, I'm a 5'4" female who's admittedly somewhat overweight but doesn't have problems fitting in certain coaster seats better than others. Part of it is due to being long-torsoed & wide-hipped, and the other part is due to some medical issues after childbirth (issues with muscular damage from a complicated C-section) that make some restraints uncomfortable. I have particular problems with PTC trains, but no problems with Gerstlauer, Millenium Flyers, or Schwartzkopf lapbars fitting properly over the pelvis as designed. The majority of coaster enthusiasts proclaim PTC trains as the best on woodies, but for me they're not fun. The seatbelts fit me fine but the bar restraint (cuts right over that damaged muscle area on my lower abdomen) and the seat dividers make the ride experince less than comfortable for me. And yet my husband, while also long-torsoed, is pretty much my opposite. He hates Gerstlauers and barely tolerates Schwartzkopf's trains. PTC's suit him just fine, as do Arrows and Vekomas (he actually loves SFoG's Ninja!). I'm a little apprehensive about how the B&M's clamshell restraints will fit when I get to ride SFoG's Goliath in a month or so. From all that I've read, they *do* seem to fit a lot a riders quite well, but I won't know till I try it out... I've never had problems with B&M's inverted seats on "Batman" though (found them quite comfy actually). I just felt the need to say that restraint and seat fit isn't always due to the person being too overweight... It's just not as easy as your offered poll options allow.
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