TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by CP Irvi » Wed, 08 May 2002 13:25:07


**Blah blah, super quick bio for those who don't know me- CP Irvine, a 22 year
old gal and an extremely rabid Cedar Point fan and Magnum lover...ask just
about anyone on here, they'll roll their eyes and go "Oh yeah. Her. Where do I
start?" I'm pretty much an institution there and most weeks I'm there more than
I am home. So don't even ask me if I'll be there a certain day...the answer's
pretty close to yes. :) I've been on RRC for eons, I poke around Guide To The
Point, and I'm known for my long winded digression-ridden trip reports.
=WARNING: If you don't like long TR's that don't focus on just the rides, PASS
THESE OVER! NOT for everyone= My adventures are frequent nowadays, with passes
to SF, WDW, Universal FL, CF, and Paramount, and you never know what odd spur
of the moment trip I might take next. Brian Ondrey, everyone's favorite RRC
coaster control systems dude, is my best friend and boyfriend (Almost a year!
Yey!) and so if it isn't him and I taking a road trip to Disney (13 hours
straight through the night followed by another entire day without sleep at
IOA...long story) or something odd like that, it's me and my crazy and
wonderful Po!nter group going to the park for 99999th billion time and doing
something weird that I'm reporting about. Tons and tons of stuff planned this
summer, so there's much more to come.....California, Texas, NYC, PCWo, PCWi,
Florida a ton of times, KennyKon, and who knows what else....Brian and I are
pretty close to having been to every major park in the country at this point**

Hey folks....in case you haven't noticed, life has begun again for the Po!nters
this weekend with Cedar Point opening this last Sunday.  This winter was beyond
awful at school, with roommate problems, homework flowing out the doors and
into the hallways, and a constant rotational pattern to sickness in my room
(such as "Well so and so, you have ______ this week, so next week it's my
turn"). Brian was gone to England to do Air for oh, eight thousand years
(Really.) which added to frustration, and my sorority basically collapsed into
itself over the winter. About the best thing that happened was getting a new
loaded red Intrepid on Valentine's Day as a completely mindblowingly random
suprise, so I have WHEELS! :-) Look for the red Dodge with the CEDARPT license
plate, stickers from all sorts of stuff in the window, and CP beanies in the
back at your local amu***t park (and then turn around and leave with your
sanity intact!). It was a nice Valentine's Day for once...on top of the car,
I'm the proud mommy of my Valentine's gift from Brian, an adorable ferret named
Dumbledore who joins my zoo of Starbucks-drinks-named guinea pigs and hamsters.
So other than that...life sucked thanks to my wonderful institution of
education. I realized on the way home today that school had sucked the
inability to NOT worry out of my body. Even as I sit here I feel the looming
monster of my math class breathing down my back for tomorrow's class. Tell me
someday this ends.

Anyways...yes, it's opening weekend, Brian's first with me. Wicked Twister...ah
yes, we have a new ride yesthatscoolletsgorideMagnum. That was about my
perspective on the addition. SUE is fun, but not something I flipped for..but
YEY for a launch at my park! I told Brian I really didn't mind if I didn't get
to ride this weekend, because I'll back back three more times in the next week
anyways, but if we make it, cool. So yeah, I'm e***d, but not like in years
past with some of the big rides. Friday night, midnight, I'm sitting at Detroit
Metro waiting for Brian to get in, staring longingly at the closed Starbucks
and thinking about the long weekend ahead. Part of my problem is the days of me
doing marathons at a park I know well are done, so I'd rather get up at noon
and go to CP at one and take my time. A bunch of my CP friends are the opposite
and stalk outside the gates at 8 am waiting for it to open. Thank god this
weekend I didn't have to do that and could go in at my version of morning
(between 12 and 2 pm....thank you college schedules). My family had gotten 4
tickets to the Red Wings playoff game on Saturday, so we were getting up early
for that and then hauling bootay down to Ohio, getting our pass pictures, and
staying the night there til Monday. Once Brian and I were back home, my
admonishment of "We need to go to bed early" died a death to pizza-eating,
infomercial-making-fun-of, and just being happy to see each other after a long
time. So at 6 am, as the sun rose, I did the opposite to get <sarcasm> two
refreshing and invigorating hours of sleep </sarcasm>!

Saturday 5/4
       After partaking in much free food from a suite at Joe Louis (Buffalo
wings taste a hell of a lot better when they are free, I found!) Brian and I
were on the road to CP. (BTW- If the Wings don't win the Cup this year, I think
I'm giving up...what else do they need, clones of Howe, Abel, and Sawchuk on
the ice?!) Crap...I burned my vegetarian potpie..anyways...by the skin of the
teeth we got our passes before the cutoff time.  Longaberger day was just
getting out, so we sat around waiting for WT to launch. Nothing. Nothing.
Nothing. Was it down!? It wasn't my first trip to the park this year but none
of the times have I seen WT launch so for all I knew WT could be a stationary
monument to repetition or some metaphor and not actually a roller coaster. Oh
well...seen plenty of launches. Round the back to play mini golf after sticking
my head out the sunroof at Force, staring, all tearful and happy to be back and
so glad we have such an amazing and kick-***looking ride. Okay, let's go play
golf! Consign is sponsoring a team at CP's benefit mini golf tournament this
week, and Brian, myself, my best CP friend, and my dad are on the team, so we
wanted to get some practice. (Yuck, this potpie is awful....I think the char
from burning it is the only flavor it has...) We walked up to the Challenge
Golf stand and asked the closing time. 11 pm...it was 9 at the time. Well, we
got time to grab a sandwich at TGIF's, right? No problem, thinking we'd come
back at 10:30. So after a dinner there and some fateful Coronas, we go back to
the golf course. It's ten thirty, and the same grouchy employee now says she
refuses to sell us a ticket since her "supervisor said to shut down at 10:30."
Irritated, we mention that we're in the tournament on Wed and need some
practice time. She basically shrugs her shoulders at us. Enter her even
grouchier supervisor, to whom we explain the problem, and she returns an ice
glare that frosted the flowers in the pots sitting around. No budging, looking
at us like "What? You want to PLAY golf? You want me to actually hand you a
ticket?" At this point Brian and I are fuming. I know a good number of
employees on a personal basis and they work so hard to make guests happy. These
two sat there and watched us fume and complain and basically said their time
mistake was our fault. The super said "Who told you we closed at 11?" and the
girl that said so was standing right there and didn't say a word. The super
tried to console us by saying "Well, I'll let you walk the course, or you can
come back tomorrow at 9." How about telling guests that the tickets stop
selling at 10:30 instead of just saying 11!? For every ten GREAT employees,
there's one ice queen/king who ruins it a bit for the good ones. Throughly
irritated, we took names and fumed off. One employee said to me last year that
no matter how tired he is or grouchy, he is always polite to guests, and sucks
it up when the grumpy ones dump on him. I understand what it's like to deal
with tired, unreasonable, and selfish customers, but I still have very little
tolerance for ones who act like customers are pieces of dirt. Sigh. Still,
kudos to the CP employees in general for having so much heart and enthusiasm in
the depths of open to close days and hot summer sun beating down...99.9% of the
people there are awesome.

Also, Brian has decided to forgo a coaster count this summer and just keep a CP
Bathroom Tally. Yes, a potty poll. As I've said, Brian and I are those grouchy
guests on RCT whose bathroom meters are always flashing red. I'm proud of
myself when I've been on three rides and haven't made a stop between any of
those. What more fitting than keeping track of bathroom stops? I bet the
numbers will be spectacular.

We head back to the hotel where a number of my closest CP friends were staying.
I had planned to sleep early Saturday night and go out the next night with CP
and employee friends, but when we got back everyone was going so I said what
the heck and decided to go Saturday night too. I'm a member at Louie's,
basically the Mos Eisley Cantina for employees to chill out and forget about
the snotty families and people of the day, and I'm usually there with someone
after the park. So we head off there, and I keep drinking Coronas once we get
there. I'm getting pretty limited on what I can drink at this rate....so much
gives me instant stomach ache from overdoing it at some point, and Coronas and
Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes are about the only things I can handle just fine. So I
drank liberally of Corona, not a care in the world! Yes, everything will be
just FINE and tomorrow I'll be up and ready to GO! Right! I yack it up with
some new employees and all the world is great and terrific and so on. The day
continues to be just super and great and glorious, even after a new, rather
poetic employee says something that strikes me as incredibly true and I start
crying. (This I don't remember much of; Brian said when he asked me what
happened I just kept saying "You wouldn't understand." Seeing he DID understand
what I was crying about, I was full of bull. I really don't remember much. I
came back out the car the next day and there was a mystery tampon on my car
seat from someone who must/may have been a passenger, I think.) I had barely
eaten and what I did have was junk from the hockey game, so I had a ...

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TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by Ron-Pmo » Wed, 08 May 2002 14:26:12

   Lay off the caffeine.

       _______
      /-  Ron   -\
      \- Pmon1-/
       **********

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by Brandon » Wed, 08 May 2002 14:30:44

Novel or trip report? The world may never know...

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by Keith Hopkin » Wed, 08 May 2002 22:03:42


Quote:
> **Blah blah, super quick bio for those who don't know me- CP Irvine, a 22
year
> old gal and an extremely rabid Cedar Point fan and Magnum lover...ask just
> about anyone on here, they'll roll their eyes and go "Oh yeah. Her. Where
do I
> start?"

<snip>

Yikes!  Did you take a breath while writing that?  :-)

Excellent TR, CP.  You make me want to go to Cedar Point even more.  Despite
the threat of muffleheads and poop.

--
Keith Hopkins

"Peanut butter: Nature's Mute Button"

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by Todd Lon » Wed, 08 May 2002 22:14:46


Quote:
>I really don't remember much. I
>came back out the car the next day and there was a mystery tampon on my car
>seat from someone who must/may have been a passenger, I think.

I find those all the time on car seats, must be those damn coaster
bears. I think.

Thanks for the refreshing CP TR, CP!

Todd "You shouldn't have done that. he was just a little boy" Long

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by Shawn Mamr » Wed, 08 May 2002 22:20:41

Quote:

>Novel or trip report? The world may never know...

And many of us wouldn't have it any other way.  Welcome back, CP!

-Shawn Mamros (who'll gladly take CP's posts over the droppings left here
 by the trolls and goons)
E-mail to: mamros -at- mit dot edu

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by STOPSPA » Wed, 08 May 2002 22:40:49


Quote:
>**Blah blah, super quick bio for those who don't know me- CP Irvine, a 22 year
>old gal and an extremely rabid Cedar Point fan and Magnum lover...ask just
>about anyone on here, they'll roll their eyes and go "Oh yeah. Her. Where do I
>start?" I'm pretty much an institution there and most weeks I'm there more than
>I am home. So don't even ask me if I'll be there a certain day...the answer's
>pretty close to yes. :) I've been on RRC for eons, I poke around Guide To The
>Point, and I'm known for my long winded digression-ridden trip reports.

You know, it's just not CP opening weekend without a CP Irvine TR!  As
always, it was an enjoyable read.  

I wonder how many people who read this newsgroup allow themselves to enjoy
a park as thoroughly as you do.


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TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by CP Irvi » Thu, 09 May 2002 04:22:31

Quote:
> Lay off the caffeine.

>       _______
>      /-  Ron   -\
>      \- Pmon1-/
>       **********

Well, ya see, that's a little hard to do. I have about three weeks at any time
backlogged in my system from all the Starbucks, so it's pretty much a permanent
effect. With that I think I'll go have an Espresso & Cream...the meter's
blinking red.
**CP Irvine - Loyal & Proud Cedar Po!nter!**
AIM: ACEerCP *\l/* A&B=LFCI 6/9/01 *\l/* B.I.Y.C.
"A cup of Clorox is enough to bring it all back."
 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by CP Irvi » Thu, 09 May 2002 04:30:12

Thanks for the nice replies :-) It's a good purge to write those TR's,
basically everything going through my mind for several days vomited into text.
Like I always say though, not for everyone. If only I had TR'd the Christmas
trip to WDW...

I think the mystery tampon was a sign. Of what I'm not sure yet. Kind of like
the mystery picture of a blue fl***china teapot that I found on my computer
that I didn't put on there and have no clue where it came from. Haven't figured
out what kind of sign that is yet either though....
**CP Irvine - Loyal & Proud Cedar Po!nter!**
AIM: ACEerCP *\l/* A&B=LFCI 6/9/01 *\l/* B.I.Y.C.
"A cup of Clorox is enough to bring it all back."

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by Wolfhoun » Thu, 09 May 2002 06:32:16



Quote:
>Thanks for the nice replies :-) It's a good purge to write those TR's,
>basically everything going through my mind for several days vomited into text.
>Like I always say though, not for everyone. If only I had TR'd the Christmas
>trip to WDW...

>I think the mystery tampon was a sign. Of what I'm not sure yet. Kind of like
>the mystery picture of a blue fl***china teapot that I found on my computer
>that I didn't put on there and have no clue where it came from. Haven't figured
>out what kind of sign that is yet either though....
>**CP Irvine - Loyal & Proud Cedar Po!nter!**
>AIM: ACEerCP *\l/* A&B=LFCI 6/9/01 *\l/* B.I.Y.C.
>"A cup of Clorox is enough to bring it all back."

Vomited being a very interesting choice of words for this past weekend
;-).

-Brian Ondrey

"All I did was draw pictures." - Charles M. Schulz

 
 
 

TR: CP Irvine's CP Opening Day 2002

Post by CP Irvi » Thu, 09 May 2002 10:53:45

Quote:
>I wonder how many people who read this >newsgroup allow themselves to enjoy
>a park as thoroughly as you do.

Thanks, David! That's one of the nicest things I've heard from someone on a
newsgroup. :-)

Quote:
>Vomited being a very interesting choice of >words for this past weekend
>;-).

LOL!!!!!!! Okay hun, ya got me there, I owe you a bag of sour straws....

**CP Irvine - Loyal & Proud Cedar Po!nter!**
AIM: ACEerCP *\l/* A&B=LFCI 6/9/01 *\l/* B.I.Y.C.
"A cup of Clorox is enough to bring it all back."