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^Haha! Complimentary stuff is always nice, but even if they don't reply, they are getting your letter and reading it. It all gets filed. I always like to think that the most valuable thing is being heard, and taking the time to write in the first place. You never know what can happen! Things have improved here and there in the park; we still get to ride Whizzer and Goliath is getting a single rider line, just 2 examples.

 

fair enough. Good, sound advice -- a rare thing!

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Did anyone hear any details on the inversion under the lift? I'm assuming they're re-machining the supports for that part?

 

Why do they need to re-machine the supports?

 

Purely a guess -- they took those supports for the inversion down - so my guess is that something was wrong about them -- wondered if anyone had the real story.

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Did anyone hear any details on the inversion under the lift? I'm assuming they're re-machining the supports for that part?

 

Why do they need to re-machine the supports?

 

Purely a guess -- they took those supports for the inversion down - so my guess is that something was wrong about them -- wondered if anyone had the real story.

 

Hey! My uneducated guess is simply that the supports were in the way of lift construction and they were removed as a precaution. They were removed the morning that the highest points were being installed, when all tall cranes were crammed into the base of the lift/drop/stall area. There is probably nothing wrong with them and they will be reattached as soon as the lift work is finished.

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^^haha! True, that isn't much time. I don't care too much when media day is (3am is 3am!) but they sure have to stepped up the pace in the past few days. I'm assuming they were "more busy" with stuff we couldn't see a couple weeks ago (electrical, brakes, etc.) and now they're finishing off the most spectacular looking parts of the ride. The icing on the cake!

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Did anyone hear any details on the inversion under the lift? I'm assuming they're re-machining the supports for that part?

 

Why do they need to re-machine the supports?

 

Purely a guess -- they took those supports for the inversion down - so my guess is that something was wrong about them -- wondered if anyone had the real story.

 

Hey! My uneducated guess is simply that the supports were in the way of lift construction and they were removed as a precaution. They were removed the morning that the highest points were being installed, when all tall cranes were crammed into the base of the lift/drop/stall area. There is probably nothing wrong with them and they will be reattached as soon as the lift work is finished.

 

Seems very logical to me, Goooooooooose

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If the Little Coaster Dude and I want to use our passes and make a quick trip up to SFGA, what must we ride?

 

Depending on how little the Little Coaster Dude is, you may have to skip the B&M coasters which have a height requirement of 54". If he's over that limit, you might want to check out Raging Bull.

 

Whizzer is a must, RED side of American Eagle (front!), Viper, and Demon (very front or 2nd from back). Just my 2 cents

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^Depending on how little the little coaster dude is, you may have to skip the B&M coasters which have a height requirement of 54". If he's over that limit, you might want to check out Raging Bull.

 

Whizzer is a must, RED side of American Eagle (front!), Viper, and Demon (very front or 2nd from back). Just my 2 cents

 

He's now 57" tall. Thank you!

 

Trying to decide how bad a parent I want to be, and possibly keeping him out of school on Tuesday, even though it's his last week of school.

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Trying to decide how bad a parent I want to be, and possibly keeping him out of school on Tuesday, even though it's his last week of school.

 

I think that would make you a good parent! And probably a good day for the park; if there are school trips that day, they usually leave between 3-5. After that, you have the park to yourself. Even if it's only an hour or so, still good coaster time!

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Trying to decide how bad a parent I want to be, and possibly keeping him out of school on Tuesday, even though it's his last week of school.

 

Well I'd say ask him what he prefers. Sometimes in the last few days of school kids are weird and... *gasp* actually want to go. I know I would've wanted to jump at the opportunity.

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Trying to decide how bad a parent I want to be, and possibly keeping him out of school on Tuesday, even though it's his last week of school.

 

I'd let his grades decide. If he's doing well, then why not. Tell him it's a reward.

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^Depending on how little the little coaster dude is, you may have to skip the B&M coasters which have a height requirement of 54". If he's over that limit, you might want to check out Raging Bull.

 

Whizzer is a must, RED side of American Eagle (front!), Viper, and Demon (very front or 2nd from back). Just my 2 cents

 

He's now 57" tall. Thank you!

 

Trying to decide how bad a parent I want to be, and possibly keeping him out of school on Tuesday, even though it's his last week of school.

The fact that you're conflicted about taking him out of school for one day shows you're already a good parent

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Trying to decide how bad a parent I want to be, and possibly keeping him out of school on Tuesday, even though it's his last week of school.

 

I'd let his grades decide. If he's doing well, then why not. Tell him it's a reward.

 

I agree with this. In 20 years, will he remember this trip, or the day that he spent in school? As long as he's doing well and there aren't any important classes/tests going on that day, I think it's fine.

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I take my kids out of school all the time for coaster riding. I am well known in my lifetime for saying, "No child of mine will ever have perfect attendance." Can I also add that my daughter just celebrated her fifth year of school with straight A's, and my son is entering high school having taken honors classes all his grade school career and has never had a grade below a B.

 

I guess what I'm saying is, I'm all for this kinda truancy.

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I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

-- Mark Twain

 

 

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

-- Albert Einstein

 

 

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.

-- Robert Oppenheimer

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Great update by B&MGuy35 over at sfgamworld.com: http://sfgamworld.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14450&sid=90e5f6c6ad4439a1338c0480b99a5bae&start=1804

 

That lift is really incredible to look at - both the angle of the lift, then the insane drop.

 

I hope LeShock or someone else does a followup interview with Hank and/or the construction foreman to see what obstacles they ran into, and what (if anything) they had to do on the fly to keep construction moving along.....just looking at all of that steel and wood, surely there had to be lots of little "oh crap" moments.

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