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Name: Larry Meisel

 

Age: 42

 

What is your roller coaster count? 780ish

 

What is your home park? SFGAdv

 

What is the nearest big city? NYC

 

What is your occupation? Advertising

 

About how many times a year do you visit a park (including your home park)? 40-50

 

About how many times a year do you travel to a park that is not your home park? 30-40

 

When you travel do you go primarily to amusement parks or do you also try and hit other sites? Primarily Amusement Parks

 

What is the farthest you’ve traveled to go to an amusement park? Finland

 

Does roller coaster time get in the way of family time? (Do you choose to miss your children’s or family’s sporting events, holidays, birthdays, etc…) Rarely

 

Do you have any other major hobbies? Softball, sporting events, gambling

 

Do you get feelings of sadness in the offseason? Do you even have an offseason? Do you travel during the offseason? No sadness in off season, rarely travel in off season

 

 

Do you consider yourself friends with someone you met who works at an amusement park? (Or reverse it, if you work or worked and an amusement park have you made friends with enthusiasts?) No

 

Would it bother you to go to an amusement park by yourself? No

 

Have you gone to an amusement park by yourself? If so have you ever ran into another enthusiast and tagged along with them? Yes, gone by myself and tagged along with another enthusiast

 

Do you find it easy to make friends with other enthusiasts? No

 

How do you get your coaster news? TPR, Google Alerts

 

How many different forum sites do you regularly post on? Just TPR nowadays

 

If there was a poll that asked a large pool of enthusiasts what their favorite roller coaster is, what do you think would be the top 3 responses be for wood? And for steel?

Whatever Mitch's Pool says

 

Same scenario but for amusement parks, what would be the top 3?

Amongst Enthusiast: Cedar Point, SFGAdv, SFMM (since thy tend to go gaga over coasters)

 

Have you ever “stole a kid” to get a credit on a kiddie coaster? Never

 

Do you cut other categories out of your budget to make trips to parks? (Entertainment, fast food, holidays, tobacco or alcohol, etc…) Yes

 

Before you visit a new park do you research the park finding the best way to navigate the park, get the best deals, or what days to go? Yes

 

Do you feel the roller coaster enthusiast community is a warm and accepting community, or a negative and discouraging community? Warm to others like them, negative to otusiders

 

Do you like to talk about your hobby with people who are not roller coaster enthusiasts? Generally not, only if someone asks me for my opinion.

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