[Before I rant, if you want to skip to my main point, look for the **,
although I suggest you read
the entire thing!]
Although I have been involved in the current S:TE / CP vs SFMM drama, I
have only expressed
my opinions and not stomped on those that differ. But that's not what
this post is all about. I
always thought the terms *coaster* and *enthusiast* put together
signified a group of like-minded
individuals who had one thing in common: the love of coasters. That's
why I joined ACE. That's
why, when I discovered news groups, I sought [and found] one devoted to
my favorite past time.
I get a thrill out of each and every coaster I ride. Each one is
unique. Some of them claim to
hold some sort of world record, other do not, and is has no bearing on
how much I enjoy the
ride. I have ridden coasters that I love and could re-ride all day
long, and I have ridden some
that I did not like and will only ride if there's nothing else to do. I
have never said a coaster
sucked, because even the ones I don't prefer bring joy to many others.
And I find something
good about each and every park I visit. Are they perfect? No, none of
them are. Can they
stand improvement? Of course they can. I have had some miserable days
at some parks,
but I would never consider not going back because of one bad day. My
god, what if we
were all judged by how we acted on a bad day? Would that be fair?
I am shocked at what I am reading on RRC. All the bickering. Judging a
thrill before it opens. Some people's love for their home parks
boarders is so blinding that,
if someone else doesn't have a good time on their visit, someone feels
Other find it impossible to see anything positive at all in parks other
than their favorite. And
worst of all, telling someone their opinion is sh*t because it differs
from your own.
When I found RRC I was thrilled! I found a place to get information and
And although I have certainly been guilty of getting involved in a few
threads and saying
a few things I shouldn't have, for the most part I feel as if I've been
pretty fair in my posts.
We are some of the luckiest people on the planet. We love coasters and
parks keep building
new ones for us to ride. How much better can that be? Star Wars fans
get four movies in
20 years! How would we all like the same treatment with coasters? Fans
of rock bands
get a new album ever few years...we get dozens of new coasters EACH
**Here's my main point, and its an analogy:
We are like a bunch of hungry people who are sitting in front of the
worlds best catered meal.
No matter how much we eat, the food keeps on being served. It's all
100% gourmet, made from
the world's top chefs. There is so much food that there's enough for
everyone to eat, and
everyone's favorite food is on the table. But instead of enjoying the
food, we are wasting it by
having a food fight!
Like that meal, our love of coasters is being catered by the parks and
the designers. As I see
it we have a choice: fight about them and eventually starve, or go out
AND EAT THEM UP!!!!!!!!
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